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.
Posted on April 9, 2015, in Education Core Studies (ECS) 350, Inquiry Project, Inquiry project #5 – Preinternship and tagged feedback, inquiry project, preinternship, professional development, student opinion, target sheets. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.