I’m sitting here at the kitchen table working on my project for Miami and am really wondering why I am doing this. I understand that I have to show the University that I am a competent teacher and I know how to build a lesson, and reflect on it but isn’t that what I’ve been doing the past few years? At the same time, this is my chance to put all of what I’ve learned into action. But, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two months…
My project asks me to build a lesson based on the expectations of Victorian standards and outcomes. I am also asked to give pre-assessments to my students followed by the lesson and then two post assessments to gauge the learning of the students based on the lesson. I have been building lessons this whole time, so why does just one matter? I would rather hand in the 100 or so files and lessons that I’ve constructed so far since I’ve been here instead of making one special lesson for them to evaluate me. Why just take the one lesson to evaluate my lesson planning skills when you can have the whole thing? You might be asking, “Isn’t that the easy way out?”
My answer to you is, no! I would be happy to do the rest of the requirements of the project including some research and data collection based on student assessments, but not the single lesson plan. I don’t think it is fair to ask me for one lesson as a means to evaluate me, especially when the person evaluating my lesson isn’t even in the same hemisphere. I don’t know my evaluator back home and I’m not too concerned, but I would rather give them everything that I’ve done so far! Unfortunately, I know the University doesn’t have time or resources to evaluate all the student teachers’ half-year lesson plans, but in educational terms, it doesn’t seem valid to be assessed on just one lesson!
I don’t mean this blog to be a rant on Miami University or the process of evaluating their student teachers (I’ve had great experiences and a great education, especially from my advisor, Dr. Ann), but maybe the standards should be higher for student teachers and teachers. I see time in and time out teachers who are “experienced” who shouldn’t even be teaching (for the teachers who are reading this- you know who they are and who I am talking about). I guess a profession that is undervalued and underappreciated in much of society and especially the government, teachers will never be held to the standards that they need to be! I don’t mean to provoke more rant or thoughts on this, I feel like I could go on and on about this, but I’ll spare you the reading.
Tomorrow, I will be implementing my project’s lesson with the year 7s. I decided to change it from the year 11s because I’ve found it more challenging building lessons with the year 7s, so I decided to challenge myself to build a lesson that is suited for the youngins. I will reflect on the lesson at some point this weekend and will give more insight as to what I am doing and how well it went.
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