I screwed up my lesson

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  1. tb71

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    Yesterday was the first day that I actually got to teach a lesson. Just as class started, the math coach entered and guided me and the class through the beginning of the lesson, I taught it 2 more times and all was well. This morning...I guess I was expecting too much and went to deep into proportions and my kids were completely lost. The 2nd period came and things got a little better, by the 3rd, I was reviewing everything we went over the day before and was able to continue the lesson. But my poor morning kids--I know I'm going to make mistakes but ugh!!!
     
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    dmbfan36 Rookie

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    Sometimes last year I found that my morning class would get the short end of a stick in a lesson because I would see my mistakes and fix it for the later periods. But it all evens out in the end.
     
  4. teachin4ever

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    It happens. Don't let it get ya down. You may have to spend an extra day reteaching the material to the morning class, but I'm sure you didn't do any permanant damage! ;)
     
  5. LMath85

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    It happens. Sometimes my first period lesson will be just OK, and by the 2nd, 3rd time teaching it I feel great about the lesson. While other times it is the opposite. I always assess the students in the 'do now' on the previous lesson. I don't know about you, but I check homework daily. Scanning over their assignments lets me see what they were able to get out of the lesson.
     
  6. Securis

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    Seems like to me, you didn't mess up at all. "Messing up" would have been continuing to do the same thing all day long and never noticing your students reaction to the lesson you presented. Then continuing to do the same thing everyday.

    Seems to me you did everything right.
     
  7. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    It's alright-- I found that my first time teaching something sucked, by the end of the day (and teaching it 4 times) I was a lot better. You learn what works and what doesn't and learn what most students will struggle with.

    I do recommend that you take time to reflect and write down notes on what DID work and keep them on a sticky note and add them to your curriculum guide or where ever you keep your lesson plans.
     
  8. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    tb~we've all done that! You didn't screw anything up!
     
  9. Emily Bronte

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    No worries. The more you teach something the better you get at it. You were reflective and able to make changes as you went along. This is truly the sign of a good teacher.
     
  10. tb71

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    You guys are great--thanks for all the encouragement.
    Today I did much better and I brought home everything for next week so I can really go through it. My kids have some terms I have never heard of but I'm learning...like "butterfly" for cross-multiplying, "popcorn" for converting mixed fractions. One of my team members went over "popcorn" with me, so I'll at least know what the are talking about.
    Thanks again for all the encouragement!
     

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