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With every visit, I am getting more familiar with the students. This is the advantage of observing the students rather than you start teaching them from the very first lesson. By now I had the time to notice the students behavior; which students are friends with who, the trouble makers and the talkative ones so that when I take control of the classroom, I will know where to place students in order to behave properly. This is because sometimes you’ll have a pair of students that once you change their place near another student who is not that friend with, he will behave completely different. That’s what happened to one student in this class. During last week’s lesson he was misbehaving and now I saw that his place was changed. I think the teacher’s strategy worked because he was quite attentive to the lesson and was not disrupting.
One of the double lesson which I observed was an assessment session where the teacher gave them a test about loops. I could see those students who normally disrupt the lesson, studying till the last minute. Therefore, my conclusion was that after all they are interested in education. So what could it be that these students are acting this way? In my opinion there could be several reasons such as family problems or maybe he wants to capture the attention of his friends in order to be the popular guy. Also, we should see if the behavior changes when he is in other classes because if it does that would mean that he either does not like the subject or the methodology of the teacher.
After the test was over, every student got up from their places to compare answers and there was a complete chaos, but eventually the teacher managed to calm the situation by telling them that she is going to explain the Christmas project. I think that this is a very good way to capture their attention by mentioning something that it is important for them which they have to listen whether they like it or not. For example by mentioning tests or homeworks it will automatically capture their attention.
In the other lesson with the Form 3’s, they had an activity with Scratch which consisted of 20 activities which as you go along, they get more challenging. The students were divided in pairs and it was their decision to decide with which partner they are going to work. The teacher was there only for motivation and guidance, it was their tasks to do. As the activities were about the game Angry Birds, they found it really interesting and enjoyed doing it because most of them had already played this game. The fact that there could not have syntax errors helped them focus on the main concepts rather than silly mistakes like forgetting the semi colon. In my opinion, these are the type of activities that we should do to our students in order to make them love learning programming.
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