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Unlike the previous week, I was more comfortable going to the school as I knew what I was expecting. The first lesson was ICT and the students had to do an exercise using Spreadsheets. Although, the teacher started out by making a brief revision of the previous week’s lesson since they have only one lesson per week. Then they started immediately to do their work. Everyone was working individually on separate computers.
The teacher then went around and helped each student separately. Whenever he noticed that almost everyone finished a part of the exercise or whenever most of the students were having a difficulty, he would then grab their attention and show them how to do it on the screen. I think that this method of leaving the students to tackle a challenge and helping them after they tried to solve it is a good way to make students learn. It wouldn’t be the teacher passes knowledge to the students but actually the students themselves that try to discover that knowledge and learn.
Also, I found that a good idea that this teacher used was to show the exercise on PowerPoint. Like this the teacher didn’t have to print the exercise and the students would have to really work if they wanted to finish the task before the end of the lesson. Even the other teacher I am observing used this method during the second and third lessons but not only for classwork activities. He used PowerPoint for the notes as well. While he was explaining the students copied down what was written on the PowerPoint slides.
The second and third lessons were a double lesson of Computer Studies. These lessons were delivered in the student’s classroom and not the computer lab unlike the first lesson. I asked the teacher and he told me that this is because there is another lesson in the computer lab at the same time. In my opinion, computer studies cannot be taught when there is no computers at all.
This class consists of only a couple of students: about 11. So the advantage was that the teacher could give individual attention far longer than if he was in a bigger class. Although, on the other hand, the students were scattered all around the class and the teacher stood mostly at only one place of the class. The position was one that he could address the majority of the students and be near them the most (in the middle of the class between the students’ desks). However, there was one student at the front that it seemed like he was left out of the lesson as the teacher was almost behind him. Maybe if the teacher went around the classroom more he would have been able to reach all the students.
During this same lesson I noticed that some of the students were really interested in the topic. They kept asking the teacher questions about what he was explaining. I think some of the teacher’s replies would have been better if he could answer by showing on the computer because he sometimes referred to some features of an OS for example, the task manager. It would have been easier to understand by showing than by talking. This is the reason why just before I said that computer studies is best to be taught with computers available at hand. For instance, even if this lesson was mostly theoretical at least for the answers of the students’ questions it would have been more helpful with at least one computer available which could be connected to the projector for the students to see.
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