Experience with lesson implementation and reflection are key components to becoming an effective educator. Effective educators consistently reflect on their practice to make positive changes in the instruction and ensure they are meeting the needs of all students in the classroom.
Allocate at least 4 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Part 1: Lesson Plan Implementation
For this field experience, you will deliver your STEM lesson plan created during Topic 5 to either your whole mentor classroom or to a small group of students that your mentor teacher has chosen.
Remember to focus on:
- Method of teaching: Project-based, inquiry-based, or engineering design based
- Strategies to develop cross-disciplinary skills and encourage engagement
- Alignment of standards and learning objectives
- Fostering innovation and problem solving
- Use of technology and resources
Part 2: Reflection
Following your lesson plan implementation, meet with your mentor teacher to discuss your lesson and receive feedback. Below is a list of questions to ask your mentor teacher. Obtain specific examples for each area:
- How well was the overall lesson presented?
- How well did I communicate the learning objectives and expectations?
- How well did I demonstrate knowledge of the content of the lesson plan?
- Where did I struggle?
- What can I do to improve my instruction?
- What did I do well?
Reflection on Students and Learning Objectives:
- Did students meet the learning objectives? How do you know?
- Could the objectives have been communicated more clearly?
Professional Reflection for Future Instruction:
- What do you feel went well? What do you feel that you could still improve upon?
- How will this experience influence your future instruction?
Use any remaining field experience hours to assist the mentor teacher in providing instruction and support to the class.
In 250-500 words, summarize and reflect on your lesson plan implementation and the feedback received from your mentor teacher.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.