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When I entered the school I noticed Christmas decorations here and there; like the headmaster’s office, the classes and the staffroom. Of course this is reasonable since Christmas is less than a week away. This suggests that the school gives a lot of importance to cultural values and even religious ones which I noticed when I saw the Christmas school play in my previous observation session. The school play had a lot of spiritual messages which bring out the ethos of the school.
The first ICT lesson was about Charts and the second lesson, with another class, was a revision of the whole chapter as students. The reason of this revision is that the students will have their half yearly exam of ICT right after the Christmas holidays at the same time as their usual ICT lesson. So, this lesson for them was very helpful since they could ask the teacher any difficulties they had as well as got some time to study separately in class. However, this could only be done if the teacher had covered everything in the syllabus else I am sure that there would have been no revision lesson.
The following Computing lesson was about Assembly Language and I got to observe the whole class working on an exercise in class all together with the teacher right after the teacher explained some things. The whole exercise could be seen on the projector which consisted of some code in Assembly language and 3 questions about it. The teacher for every question asked the students collectively or individually for the answer. I think that this way of doing classwork is ideal when the concept being taught is complicated and difficult for the pupils to understand. In fact, the teacher was guiding constantly those that were not saying the write answer but at the same time he was still challenging them and not spoon-feeding them.
The last double Computing lesson was about Scratch programming. Where at first the teacher explained what the specific blocks did and told the students what their tasks were which they had to do in class. I think the teacher at first would have done better to let the students experiment themselves with what each block instruction of Scratch did as well for what the program does. It was like as if the teacher was lecturing and in my opinion it would be better to engage the students by challenging them rather than by just talking and not letting the students find out themselves certain things. Like this they would have been discovering, analysing and applying what they discovered individually. I know that this method is also probably more time-consuming. Probably, some teachers when they are constrained a lot by time and the rest of the syllabus then they end up ‘lecturing’ rather than guiding by letting the students try things out for themselves, questioning what they find and such. But, at the end of the day we have to keep in mind: What is the best way for students to develop their knowledge affectively and productively?
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