These reflections are from my 2nd grade practicum. I am going to post these for my future reference and to just share.
Today’s lesson was a bit of a whirlwind for me personally. I thought it was super awesome that the kids remembered us from last week and that they were super excited to see us.
I think that as a group we were a little scattered, maybe because the kids seemed to be a lot more energetic than they were last week (I think due to a comfort level). I stated this in the post lesson debriefing but I thought that we may have overshot the musical example with the Holst and that we were not aware of time management. From talking to friends who are or have student taught or are teaching, this is the hardest thing to do and I think the more and more that we are in the classroom the easier it will be to manage the entire class and have the three of us equally teach. And lastly (this is my last Debbie downer thought), I think that overall as a group we tried to do a little bit too much too soon, especially as only our second time in the classroom. I think that we have to use this lesson to fuel us forward because it is only our second time in this classroom setting.
Now on to the positive parts of the lesson; I thought that the kids responded very well to movement and the parade that we did and following each other musically. I think that if we give the kids more control in their learning, (i.e having them create a rhythm to follow or being line leader and creating a rhythmic body pattern) that they will respond more to that. Plus, I think they seemed to enjoy the instruments and I think that we can do a great job in utilizing the boomwackers with movement and even song. I think we have our work cut out for us for the next few weeks.
Overall, I am happy to be in the classroom with students who are extremely enthusiastic, as well as with fellow colleagues that I can work together with to become a better teacher!