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Today, like my last observation, I had to observe the same classes. As the first group of Form 4 students were entering the classroom, I could already feel that I was more welcomed as they smiled at me and some of them even told me that they have mentioned me with the other computer teacher because of how helpful I was with them during the last lesson. I was very happy hearing that.
Today’s lesson was again about loops, but she introduced them to a new loop, which is the for loop. She also continued explaining flowcharts. Most of them were complaining that flowcharts are difficult and useless. When the teacher told them that in real life flowcharts are done before programming to have a clear understanding of what should be done, they couldn’t understand why. They could not understand how to make in practice what they learn at school. Another thing which I have noticed is when they have the general structure of the loop written on the whiteboard, they are able to adapt and change it to the required task but as she erased it from the whiteboard and gave them another task they could not do it. This means that they did not understand the main concept of it. At this double lesson I had again the opportunity to go around and help the students. This time was much better than the other visit, as when they wanted some help regarding the task that the teacher gave them, they took the initiative and asked me to help them while the teacher was helping the other students.
The next lesson which I observed was with the Form 5 students. They continued the revision by doing the past papers. Today’s topic was about storage. As this topic was covered in Form 3, students had much more questions and doubts than the last lesson. I think this was because the last topic was still fresh in their minds as it was covered in the same year, whereas in this topic they could have forgot the explanation. The teacher used the same power point that she had used in Form 3 to re-explain and that helped them much more to remember. In fact most of them when she was turning to a new slide, they were shouting that they remembered. Some of them even mentioned the small stories that the teacher told them to help them remember the concepts. What I liked from this teacher today was by how she was able to include humor in class and continue the lesson immediately after without any disruption of students still laughing and passing comments.
The last lesson which I observed was with the Form 3’s which they continued binary. Before coming up to the topic of today, the teacher did a quick revision about last lesson which in my opinion it was a good way to refresh their memory. Afterwards, she explained the shifting in binary, that when there is a shift on the right, the number is halved, whereas if it is shifted on the left, the number is doubled. Like last lesson, this teacher involved the students as much as possible. She continuously pin pointed at students to come and work out on the whiteboard and by this she captured the attention of everybody as they knew that she could choose them. The students were advised to start studying as a day from next week they will have a test, but the specific day was not mentioned. The teacher told me that she does not specify the day because some of them will start studying the day before and by this they have study everyday because they think that the following day will be the test.
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