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2nd Self Critique

2nd Self Critique

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Self-CritiqueUnfortunately, The technology is not available in Costa Rica to videotapemyself. During our final meeting before departure, we were told that it waspermissible to not videotape ourselves abroad if the equipment was not available.Because recording my lesson was not an option, I instead asked my cooperatingteacher to give me a detailed list of good and bad aspects of my lesson from his point of view. I also tried to remain aware of my behavior throughout the lesson.The lesson I chose to critique was on the topic of job interviews. It wasapproximately three hours long, and I am very proud of the structure andprogression of the lesson. I have had to learn to adjust to the school schedule here at INA, which is very different from my student teaching experience in Missoula. Iteach the same group all day, from 8:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. Planning such a long lessonthat has a clear connective thread running through it was difficult for me at first, but I have become better and better as
I’ve become more comfortable here.
 During my first self-critique, one aspect of my teaching I noticed and wantedto improve was my use of informal language in the classroom. Since coming toCosta Rica, I believe this aspect of my teaching has necessarily improved. I amteaching ESL here, and classes are conducted completely in English. Because
English is my students’ second language, it is important that I avoid using slang and
speak clearly so that they can understand me and participate in class. I hope that this decrease in slang usage follows me when I return to the United States to teach.
 
Another aspect that I wanted to improve upon was fidgeting and playing withmy hair while I observed and listened to students. This is still something that Istr
uggle with, unfortunately. I’ve done it for years, and I’m still trying to break myself of the habit. I think I do it less frequently, but it still happens every time I’mteaching. I know it’s not an extremely large problem, but I would still like to st 
opdoing it completely.The last aspect that I wanted to improve upon is engaging the whole class
while I teach. However, I’ve come to learn in Costa Rica student involvement has
much less to do with an interesting lesson plan and much more to do with thetemperature and time of day. Our classroom gets extremely hot, sometimes
upwards of ninety degrees, and it’s simply impossible to get all
the students engagedacross a three-hour lesson in that heat. I have gotten better at noticing studentswho are not on-task and obliging them to participate.My cooperating teacher called my attention to several other aspects of myteaching that I could improve. The first of these is my whiteboard management. Inthe United States, my classroom was equipped with four whiteboards and a smart board, but here we have only one whiteboard, and INA has a very strict procedurefor utilizing the whiteboard. The information needs to be ordered in a certain way,and I am still learning how to best utilize this very important classroom tool.Another weakness that my cooperating teacher called to my attention is that I sometimes walk in front of the projector when I teach. The projector is the onepiece of technology that we have in our classroom, and it has proved very valuableto me. However, I forget and pass in front of it from time to time, interrupting the

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