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Observation Notebook

Observation Report
Forms for inclusion in the Observation Notebook must be typed

Name of Observer Tomomi Yuma
Date
Observation Environment

Observation # 2

Class Teacher Level/Number (Beg./Int./Adv.) July Classroom Reading Beginning Craig Vitamanti 18 (200 level) Focus on relevant areas from the “What Can Be Observed” handout. Notice how the teacher handles these areas during the class.
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Class Skill/Content

OBJECTIVE OF THE LESSON: To learn prefixes and suffixes of English words Notes while observing:

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TESOL Certificate Programs
Observation Notebook
What did you learn about teaching or learning from this lesson? Discuss your observation focus, and the theory you have studied in your TESOL classes. Consider the three levels of teacher reflection (surface, pedagogical, critical). (100-200 words)

The lesson included much time for students to work individually on the exercises in the textbook. The fourteen students behaved differently in the practice time. There were five types of students’ behavior: working alone, doing nothing, chatting, asking to a teacher, asking to peers. The differences are relevant to their own learning styles according to multiple intelligence theory. Some students have high social skills and like working with other people, others are intrapersonal and like working by themselves. Teachers should consider the differences of students’ types and their preference of learning styles in the classroom teaching. To learn effectively, students need time to study freely in their own styles during the lesson. When I taught English in Japan, I did not give my students options of how to study. I equally made all students write English words many times for vocabulary tests. I want to consider the differences and give freedom to use students’ own learning style when I teach next time.

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TESOL Certificate Programs
Observation Notebook
What activities/techniques from this class do you want to remember for your own teaching practice? Discuss specific ways in which you could apply the techniques and methods you saw. Discuss your future teaching environment and your students’ needs and goals. (100-200 words)

In this class, the teacher explained what the students studied in the previous lesson, what they are studying in today’s lesson, and what they will study in the next lesson. He also gave an explanation of why the students need to study the target and how it will help them use English. The target structure of this lesson was prefixes and suffixes of English words, so he explained that students can read passages without stopping and consulting a dictionary if they know the meaning of the prefixes and suffixes of unknown words. It is important to inform students about the target and the goal of the lesson and how effectively it works. If students know much about what they are studying, they are more motivated to try hard to accomplish the goal. If students do not know why they are studying, they feel that studying is useless and boring. The explanation is also necessary before students take tests. It can inspire students to study hard for the test. I want to give a sufficient explanation about what students learn in the course when I start a new lesson.

Last Updated: 11/5/2013 8:12 PM