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Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Date: Feb. 12.

2018

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What
could be improved? How? What will I do
differently? How does this connect to the theory I
have read from class?)
I am teaching grade three students. From these 1. During the observation, I was really
days observation, I got a lot and I also thought a thinking so hard about the “noisy” kids. If I
lot. I found students are act differently in were a teacher in that class how can I deal
different classes. For example, this is art class with these kids and how to manage the
and the teacher is kind. So the students were so class. This is my thought about this
noisy and the class is really hard to control. I problem. I believe so many people will
can’t even hear teacher’s voice. And after the think they should not to be strict to their
art class we had Language Indonesia class. The students. Because in their opinions, it will
teacher was kind of strict. Even though I didn’t kill kid’s creativity. And I also heard that
understand their language but the class was some teachers don’t want to be strict to their
quiet and students are more focus on the class. kids because they want to be a “good”
Because the teacher was always remind them to teacher in kid’s heart. But in my own
be focus on the class. I found the Language opinion, I think if I were the teacher we
class is more effective than art class. And I need to improve in this particular area. We
went to different classes, students were really should let the students know the boundary
acted depends on their teacher. The common about teacher and a friend. A teacher during
things in our class is students are really noisy. the teaching time is a teacher. The students
For kids, it is really hard for them to focus should give the respect to the teacher. Be
during the classroom. respectful doesn’t mean you don’t listen to
the teacher and never follow the
instructions. Until now, I am not saying
only strict can let your students to follow
the teacher. They are grade three students
and they already have the ability to
understand how to respect others or how to
be a students. On the other hand, teacher
can be a good friend to their students as
well. The important thing is let the students
know the boundary between a teacher and
friend.
2. As a teacher also need to give clear
instruction to the students.

Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Date: Feb. 13. 2018

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What
could be improved? How? What will I do
differently? How does this connect to the theory I
have read from class?)
They had music class today, and I found 1. Sometimes use a short video is a good way
whenever kids have something on their hand it to motivate our students.
will really hard for them to follow teacher’s 2. Grade three students are still young and they
instruction. In the language class, they had like to do something use their hands. If we
fifteen minutes to read their books silently. But use the hands on activities will help students
seems students didn’t really interesting of to have better understanding. Like they are
reading books. They were talking to each other not only know how to measure in their mind
and the class was messy. I remembered that in but they literally know how to do it. It will
the language class again. After teaching the help students to learn.
teacher asked them to check their paper one by 3. Like what I mentioned every time when
one. The teacher was checking in the front and kids have something on their hand it will
the students were doing whatever they want at also hard for them to listen to the teacher. In
back. They played around with each other. this situation, I think the teacher should give
the students clear rules before they do these
Every time when teacher plays videos, kids are activities. This is what I want to do. Before I
happy and they have more motivations to learn. teach, I will spend few minutes to clarify
And kids are always have so many questions my rules in this class. Let the students know
because they want to know a lot. your expectation and rules. It is better you
use few minutes at the beginning than you
And today’s math class was good and fun. spend more time to manage the class during
Because they had hands on activity. So the the class
teacher was teaching perimeter and the teacher 4. Be creative. Students are really smart
played a short video to introduce how to nowadays. Before we teach, spend more
measure the perimeter of an object. While time to think about the lessons. How to
playing video teacher was explaining at the make it better and interesting to them. One
same time. It will help students to have better reason the student can’t focus on the class
understanding. After watching, teacher asked because of the lesson is not interesting
the students to measure the perimeter of their enough. Find a best way to teach students.
math book. The interesting thing is the teacher We should do something that can make
didn’t ask them to use their ruler to measure it students interest with.
immediately instead the teacher gave each of
them one ribbon and use the ribbon to measure
the book first and use the ruler to measure the
ruler after. The result will more precise and the
process was more interesting to their students.

Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Date: Feb. 20. 2018

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What
could be improved? How? What will I do
differently? How does this connect to the theory I
have read from class?)
They have devotion time every single day. 1. For grade three students, they are really
So it is really easy to get bored about it. I understand what is devotion and why do we
like the teacher how to do the devotion need to really do that every day. Teacher is
every day. She always use some real life playing a very important role to their
story or example to build the connection students. Sometimes, they will not listen
between it. For example, today the school what you are teaching but they are always
celebrated Chinese New Year. And today’s watching you. Teachers are the examples to
verse are from Deuteronomy chapter 16:13- kids and we need to always remind
15. The main idea of these verses are to ourselves. Back to devotion, teacher should
thanks God for all the things from God and let the students know the real reason of
to celebrate it with joyful heart. The teacher devotion. It is not a daily work and we are
asked the students about their favorite not only to finish the work every day. Kids
festival in a year and a special day in their are always curious about everything that
life. And asked what do they usually do or around them. They will do better if they
how to celebrate these special days. know the reason why they are doing that.
Students were so happy to share their
thoughts and the teacher easily connected 2. Whatever we teach, we need to know what
with the Bible. Teacher told them they is best for our students. For their age, they
should be happy to celebrate these special like to Do something more than just Listen.
days in their life. Teacher also emphasized More activities will help students to develop
that all of this is God’s Grace. Whenever we their abilities.
celebrate these festivals they have to
remember that’s all from God. I like the 3. Kids always need the encouragement.
way how teacher did. Teacher’s encouragement will help students
do better. For example, in their math class
They had Chinese New Year Celebration today, there was a girl so quiet. She never
today. What they did was they colored the talk to stranger and she didn’t really like to
picture and sang for grade five students. talk in the class. But today she raised her
During the activity time, I saw kids were hand and answered the question. Teacher
really exciting to do it. They are really was surprised and let her answered the
focused on what they were doing because question. After answering the question,
they were enjoying the time at that moment. teacher encouraged her and she was really
happy because I saw it. She was saying to
In their Indonesia class I found that herself “yes”. And we can see that
whenever they have group work to do they encouragement is really important to the
became noisy and active. students I believe she will be more
confidence when she answers the questions
In their math class today. They were next time.
studying about perimeter and area. The
teacher was ask them to measure the
perimeter of the tile in the classroom. And
teacher let the students know that math is in
our daily life. We can use what we learned
to solve the real world problems.

Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Date: Feb. 21. 2018

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What
could be improved? How? What will I do
differently? How does this connect to the theory I
have read from class?)
I taught the morning class which is language When we prepare the lesson plan and we
class. We talked about the fact and opinion. should know our students well and our
I made a mistake because I found a practice material should base on their culture. Like
paper online and gave it to them. While they what happened today. If we don’t have right
are practicing and they said some of these material and it confused student in some
questions are hard for them. That was my ways. Well prepared is very important to a
fault. For example, I have a question is teacher. And also experience can help
people always celebrate Thanksgiving in teacher to be more flexible. During the
autumn. The students in Indonesia don’t class, I found these problems were hard for
know what autumn is because they never kids to understand and I don’t have time to
have it here. explain it one by one so what I did was I
chose some easy questions and ask them to
I didn’t really follow the lesson plan do these easier one. I skipped those hard
because the situation is always changing question.
and you don’t know what will happen in
next minute. But the lesson plan did helped Well prepared is always important for a
me a lot. I was really nervous at that time teacher. For example, like lesson plan we
and I didn’t know what to do. After I check never ever will follow what we exactly
the lesson plan and it reminded me what to write there. But why do we still need a
do next. lesson plan? Because we never know what
will happen and we need to give ourselves a
backup.

Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Date: Feb 22. 2018

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What
could be improved? How? What will I do
differently? How does this connect to the theory I
have read from class?)
1. The first class I taught today is language 1. Be a teacher really needs to be flexible. Like
class. I finished the class very early. It went what did my teacher did today. I was
well but I didn’t know kids were already nervous when I was teaching. But I finished
learned a bit about the lesson. So it was the class early. And I was blank and didn’t
really fast. know what to do at that moment. But what
my teacher did was to ask them questions
about what they learned from this class. But
because I don’t have enough experiences
about this. So it was made me more
nervous. As a teacher we should not only
depends on our lesson plan. Which means
we don’t know what will happen in the
classroom and we really need to learn and to
practice more.

2. For the biblical perspective, I realized I 2. For the biblical perspective, like we learned
didn’t do it well. If we want to bring biblical in the OT class. I didn’t do it well this time.
perspective we should let make it sure that I wrote it on my lesson plan but I didn’t do
we can bring the meaning out of the verses it in my class. I was not confidence about
not add the meaning into the verses. We my verse. Like I knew it is really important
can’t just take any verse and add what we to use these perspective to teach, but
want to add and make it become what we because I didn’t prepare well so I didn’t use
want. We need to know the background of it. I don’t know the background of that verse
the verses. We can’t use it in a wrong way and I didn’t do research about it so I just
because it will mislead the children which is can’t use it or understand it in my own way.
not good. And After the teaching I realized that for the
biblical perspective it’s doesn’t mean you
need to use your specific time to talk about
it. We can bring the biblical perspective into
the lesson. For example, in math class we
were talking about rectangle and we can use
so many verses that can connect with. In
Old Testament, God asked them to build so
many things and that was also had
rectangle. Some of the people also including
me always saying that we don’t have time to
prepare the biblical perspective. I think that
is because we didn’t think hard of that.

Dialectical Journal for ED 335 Teaching Practicum Date: Feb 23. 2018

Observations/ Account Reflections & Critical Response


(What Happened?) (What do I think of it? What went well? What
could be improved? How? What will I do
differently? How does this connect to the theory I
have read from class?)
They had their Family Day today. Basically, People were so happy today because of
they played games with their parents and today’s activities. It is not easy to be a
kids sang a song for their parents and teacher. I can tell it is not easy to be a
parents received a letter from their kids. So teacher. It was really hard for them. As a
we didn’t have a class today. They played teacher, it is not only about teaching. You
so many games together. Parents and their need to be creative also to create these
kids were so happy. All the grade three games. After the Family Day the teachers
teachers prepared this family day. It was were really tired. Because it was really hard
meaningful and happy for them. After the to manage all the students on the field.
lunch time they finished their school. Teacher should be well prepared that can
help them to be more flexible when they
actually doing it.