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Tiffani Bennett ELED 300 October 10, 2013

It is important for teachers to plan, be effective, and allow students to participate in their learning. Chapters four through six in the text entitled Learning and Teaching by Kauchak and Eggen, discuss these things and are back by TExES competencies 3, 4, and 8. When teachers plan for a lesson, focus on being effective and promote student involvement, it creates a learning rich environment in which students can perform to the best of their abilities. TExES Compentency 003 The teacher understands procedures for designing effective and coherent instruction and assessment based on appropriate learning goals and objectives. When reading Chapter five, the idea of organization stuck with me the most. The reason why I took great interest in this aspect of being an effective teacher is because it is something that the average person would label as so small. We think organization is something that is so simple and easy to achieve but in reality it is not that way for everyone. I also realized even more what organization provides for students. Starting class on time is an important part of students education as well as their day. First, we as teachers must understand that our students are watching everything that we do. When we start on time we create a good habit for our students and we provide structure and consistency which are two things that students need to be able to live up to their full academic potential. Having the materials needed to perform certain activities that you have planned for the day is essential to organization as well. Having students wait for you to prepare a lesson takes time and attention away from what you want the students to learn. However, if you plan ahead and prepare materials, you maximize the time that you have to make sure your students are learning what it is that you want them to learn. Lastly, establishing routines provides organization because your students tend to automatically move to the next task. This allows for smooth and less chaotic transition. It removes the possibility of students having questions about what is coming up next and it gives the students a sense of security. I really

Tiffani Bennett ELED 300 October 10, 2013 enjoyed this portion of number five because as I state before, we often tend to overlook the simple things such as organization. I have learned that taking that extra thirty minutes to prepare and stay on task is well worth it for the teacher as well as the students. I have also learned that without organization, it is very difficult to create a goal for your students. Organization is essentially time. It takes time to set goals and objectives and it takes time to organize.

TExES Competency 004 The teacher understands learning processes and factors that impact student learning and demonstrates this knowledge by planning effective, engaging instruction and appropriate assessments.

As discussed in Chapter 4, planning is extremely essential to students instruction and assessment. Without planning, it is impossible to fulfill what the competency states. You cannot have engaging instruction without planning. You cannot create appropriate assessments without planning. Planning is a logical, sequential process in which teachers make conscious decisions about the learning activities theyll use to help students learn. (Kauchak & Eggen p. 117) Planning is important to me and I really appreciated reading about it in this chapter because it is essentially the first step to a good, solid, effective lesson. In planning a lesson, you have to understand how students learn. This is important to me because too often Ive seen teachers teach students in the same way with the activities and it doesnt always work. The theories and descriptions of domains discussed in chapter four are important for teachers to understand. We have to acknowledge and accept how each student learns. When we do this, we can then plan activities and lessons that will engage our students as well as better assess our students to check for comprehension.

Tiffani Bennett ELED 300 October 10, 2013

Compentency 008 The teacher provides appropriate instruction that actively engages students in the learning process.

Student involvement is a great way to get students engaged in a lesson. Students are typically egocentric and want things to be all about them most of the time. Preparing activities that the students can see themselves in are great as well as allowing them to participate in hands on reinforcement activities. When students take part in their learning (actively) they have a tendency to better retain the information being presented. You want your students to feel as if they are important and very much a part of what you are teaching. Student involvement can also be in the form of a class discussion. Asking your students questions throughout instruction is great. Letting them help you present the material by having them fill in the blanks. For example, Cindy, what color is this ball?, or April, how much water do our instructions say we need to add to this mixture? Can you do that for me?. Students are more motivated and learn more when teachers involve them in the learning. I think that this is so important because our students need to feel excited about learning. They need to be engaged. The same way we as adults dont feel like wasting our time, we shouldnt think that the same does not apply to kids. They do not want to sit in a direct instruction based class anymore than adults do. Lets get our students involved and active in the classroom lessons.

Tiffani Bennett ELED 300 October 10, 2013

References Kauchak, D., & Eggen, P. (2012). Learning & Teaching Research-Based Methods (6th ed., p. 117). Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.

Classroom Schedule Below

Tiffani Bennett ELED 300 October 10, 2013 Monday 8:30-9:20 Writing Workshop

Tuesday 8:30-9:20 Writing Workshop

Wednesday 8:30-9:20 Writing Workshop

Thursday 8:30-9:20 Writing Workshop

Friday 8:30-9:20 Writing Workshop

9:20-10:20 Math

9:20-10:20 Math

9:20-10:05 Phys. Ed.

9:20-10:05 Library

9:20-10:05 Music

10:20-10:35 Snack

10:20-10:35 Snack

10:05-10:25 Snack

10:05-10:25 Snack

10:05-10:25 Snack

10:30-10:50 Daily Meeting

10:30-10:50 Daily Meeting

10:25-10:50 Science/SS

10:25-10:50 Science/SS

10:25-10:50 Science/SS

10:50-12:30 Literary Block

10:50-12:30 Literary Block

10:50-12:30 Literary Block

10:50-12:30 Literary Block

10:50-12:30 Literary Block

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

1:25-1:35 Read Aloud

1:25-1:35 Read Aloud

1:25-1:35 Read Aloud

1:25-1:35 Read Aloud

1:25-1:35 Read Aloud

1:35-2:10 Science/SS

1:35-2:10 Science/SS

1:35-1:50 Daily Meeting

1:35-1:50 Daily Meeting

1:35-1:50 Daily Meeting

2:10-2:55 ART

2:10-2:55 Phys. Ed.

1:50-2:50 Math

1:50-2:50 Math

1:50-2:50 Math