Sunday, October 11, 2009

Stack em' up

Today in my teaching lesson (click for audio)we had to adapt to the outside and some of our throws were not as good due to the strong winds. I was not that worried about it because the stack did not involve many long throws so the weather seemed like it would not play a factor in my lesson. I was pretty excited and confident going in. Overall I think it went very well. As you can see in my transcription I had very strong cues. SAT seemed to be a big hit on the day which I was pretty happy about because when I thought of those cues I had a feeling they could be good.
My main weakness right now in my teaching seems to be introduction, I speak too much. It is difficult because I feel compelled to say all the information because in a regular class they will more than likely have no idea what I am talking about when I mention the stack. Luckily my fellow students have been playing for a while so it was easier to explain, but in a class it will be a different situation, so I am trying to simulate that. All together with my demonstrations and management they had to wait about 1 minute and 45 seconds before playing which is way too long. That is the main thing that I will definitely work on for the next lab. Other traits that I need to work on are better feedback. As seem on my feedback analysis form I give feedback to more than 50% of the class which is great. But on sheet you can see it is mostly general feedback. There needs to be more specifics in my feedback. I feel the reason for this is because everyone was moving so quickly and I wanted to make sure to get to everyone so I was just spitting out “Good job” to people. Instead I should say “Nice cut” or “You looked fast there”.

Strength that showed the most in this lesson was mainly my voice. My voice is my best characteristic. It was more difficult dealing with the outside and wind but I just raised my projection a little more. Another trait that I feel I am executing in using everyone’s name. In my feedback I made sure I addressed each person that I spoke to. I feel it is important to let the student know that they are excelling and by stating their name I am specifically telling them that they are performing well. Finally I just feel comfortable in front of the class. When I am up their I just feel like I belong there and was made to do this.

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