Inquiry project #5 – Preinternship

Leading up to preinternship, I was a little worried about how I was going to implement my inquiry project. But after some discussion with friends, I determined how I could! I determined that professional development doesn’t have to occur at a PD day, event, workshop, or camp. It can occur in any classroom at any time.

While preinternship itself could be considered as professional development, I wanted to take advantage of the situation and engage in further development. The use of target sheets for feedback and reflection was one way that I incorporated professional development into my preinternship. For each lesson that I taught, I prepared a target sheet with steps on how I was to be successful and how to collect data. I would get my coop to observe my teaching and record notes, and then discuss how it went. After some of my lessons, I also recorded things that I thought I needed to work on or that I would change if I were to do it again.

Another way that I incorporated PD was by receiving feedback on my teaching using Student Opinion forms. For each class that I taught, I had students complete a simple survey asking questions about my strengths, weaknesses, and areas that I could improve on. I wasn’t sure as to what kind of responses I would get from the students, and received some serious responses, and some not so. However, they still provided me with some descriptive feedback that I can use to improve my teaching practice. Some strengths of mine were student relationships, having a loud and clear “teaching voice”, and getting the students engaged. Some suggested areas of improvements include my writing/printing, being more confident in my work, and to avoid answering questions for students.

These professional development techniques are not only beneficial for me as a becoming teacher, but they will also be beneficial for my future students as I become more experienced. Below are some examples of target sheets and student opinions from my preinternship. IMG_1595 IMG_1596 IMG_1597 IMG_1598 IMG_1599 IMG_1600 IMG_1601 IMG_1602 IMG_1603 IMG_1604

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About Adam Brock

My name is Adam Brock and I am a third year student at the University of Regina! I am currently in the Secondary Education Program, with plans to major in Mathematics and minor in Outdoor and Physical Education. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and look forward to travelling after my years at the U of R.

Posted on April 9, 2015, in Education Core Studies (ECS) 350, Inquiry Project, Inquiry project #5 – Preinternship and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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