Peer Teaching Reflection Essay

The peer teaching lesson I created was on graphing through problem solving in an inquiry-based environment. I had a broad idea of what I wanted to accomplish, and with the help of my professor, peers, and host teacher I was able to create the lesson that accomplished the concept I wanted to sharpen. My host teacher gave me some ideas to keep the students engaged, because she was afraid if there was a lot of wait time that the students would get out of hand. My professor gave me the idea of showing pictures of charts and graphs, whereas my peers strengthened my overall lesson. With weeks of trial and error, I was able to create the graphing lesson that had all the aspects I wanted and zoomed in on the idea of graphing through problem solving….

In my introductory activity, I think I would stress that this isn’t a competition. The students just need to do their best and see how far they can get when creating their paper chains. They don’t need to be nervous or anxious, they only need to have fun and try their best. The next weakness is explaining that when I need them to shout out the numbers the end row has, to only read the numbers that are on the index cards. At one point, one of the students shouted the number seven. Once I began calling the numbers up I started with the lowest number, which was seven, and nobody came up. So we discussed for about five minutes who had the number seven and we counted all the loops on the chains; not one person had seven. My weakness in this portion of the lesson was my inability to clearly state instructions. I forget that I need to come down a few levels and clearly state the directions and have them repeat it back to me so I know that they understand what they need to do. Lastly, I felt I over-prepared for this lesson. I have tally charts already made and the labels of the graph already named and put together. I think I should have left that to the students and went ahead with their ideas. I felt I robbed them of their learning a little bit because I had all of that prepared and ready to go. This will be something that I change when I teach the lesson again. I can have these pieces set up as a “Plan B” if…