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Last week I had the opportunity to participate in two events from which I learnt a lot; those being EMBED and Robotics. The first session was EMBED and for this one we had to create different games using the software Scratch. The aim was to familiarise the students with this program and eventually they will come up with their own methods to modify the games to satisfy what was required from them in the Worksheet we had created. In the Robotics session, we also had to create different activities using Scratch however, this time, they also had sensors (distance and tilt sensor from the WEDO kit), and the students were asked to modify the programs in such a way that the games work in accordance to these two sensors.
For these sessions we had to work in groups of two and this helped me a lot being my first teaching experience. Given that we have made a good preparation and shared the time between us, we went quite well. There were some distractions for example there were other workshops going on near us so we had to speak loudly. Furthermore, the student behaviour was not the best; in fact we had to adapt our lesson plan according to how the lesson has evolved. Unfortunately, this led to not being able to do all the things we had prepared for the students but being the first time we were quite satisfied with the outcome
In the next two sessions of Robotics being the second time, we were more confident and we did better! I felt more in control and the overall classroom management was good, in fact all students liked it and were interested which was our prime aim. They immediately understood the use of sensors and started building up their own games.
From these experiences I was able to conclude some important things. Starting with the need to have a good preparation before going in class, as teaching will eventually become easy if you have everything planned. Secondly, participation of students, encourage them to participate and be active so that they can come up with their own solutions. This way they will be able to build up their own knowledge while being in control. Finally, I realized the effect it has when students work with each other, in groups. They are likely to understand better the concepts from someone their own age.
Overall, it was a great experience as it showed me how much the teaching career has to offer.
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