This week I have been teaching a few lessons to my biology classes. I enjoy being able to lead classes because it gives me the opportunity to try out different ideas that I have learned through classes, seminar, and readings. In our research class we recently read an article about the importance of wait time and how we need to give students time to process before answering. This is especially important to promote higher level thinking. I realized that this was something that I needed to work on after reading the article which inspired me to be more conscious of this when I am teaching. During my time teaching this week I was sure to give students at least 3 seconds of wait time before expecting an answer. At the beginning of the week I was less conscious of this when actually in the classroom, however, as the week progressed I was able to make myself give the ever important wait time. Doing this allowed me to see firsthand the benefit for the students to be able to process answers more fully before saying them out lout. This is something I will continue to work on as I progress with my teaching career. We have so much content to cover and so little time so it seems natural to want to rush things through and not give proper wait time.
Another idea from class that I have had the opportunity to work on is purpose. In seminar we have learned about learning targets and how it is important to let the students know the purpose of the lesson and why they are learning the topic discussed in class. This is also something I need to work on because I often just get started with the lesson before letting the students know the purpose. Throughout the week I was more conscious about stating the purpose before starting and I saw the benefit of doing this as well. As I learn more techniques and tips throughout the year I look forward to implementing them to be an effective teacher for all of my students. Being a resident teacher allows me the flexibility to experiment and find what works best for my students and myself.