Teaching Demo Reflection
First, I am glad that is over. I was nervous! Even my hands were sweating, but once I started, it was a familiar saddle.
My demo and Charles’s on PLCs dovetail some. It was helpful to share some of my students’ work and receive praise/comments about it. I really am going to see if I can have my PLC review more student work and our teaching of that work.
Overall, I have been delighted with implementing more close reading with my British literature students. Their analysis has been more in-depth and better supported. I also like that they are seeing themselves as capable of analyzing poetry and not relying on me to do it. Sometimes, I am astounded at the insight they have.
Lisa’s observation about her authentic voice and her “academic” voice was interesting to me. In our English department, we have had a few discussions about this. Should student papers use I? Should they be narrative? In this Brit. class, I feel the pressure to prepare them for college writing and/or AP writing, so our main emphasis is on academic voice. I am trying to find a balance.
I was worried about the timing of my presentation, but it all worked out. I am glad I had the vocabulary bonus to offer at the end.
I anxiously await the comments of my fellows.