SWAP TALK: A reflection at the end of the day

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As the day of a teacher ends, sometimes we ask ourselves if we have done enough or if we have done a lot. Questions occur while traveling home or even when taking a shower. And still at the end of the day, the only thing we can do is to wait for tomorrow and make things better. Here are random questions and activities that we can do or ask ourselves at the end of the day to aid us in planning for a better tomorrow.

Write down something everybody learned.

Write down something nobody learned.

 

Write down something different each child learned.

Name the child who already knew everything you taught.

Name the child who learned nothing.

 

Did you do anything other than group instruction?

Did you challenge pupils’ intellects?

 

Did anyone work on an independent learning problem?

Did you reject any child?

How many children failed to learn the lesson for the day?

 

Did anyone work on the board? Did you?

Did students do anything other than listen to you, write, read, and answer your question?

Did any child help another?

 

How often did you reinforce the children’s correct response?

Did you repeat every answer? For what?

How often did each child get a chance to talk, ask and answer?

 

Did any child ask a question?

Did the class laugh? Did you at someone, something with someone?

Were you angry?  Why?

 

Was any child angry? Why?

How many students did you praise? For what?

Did you teach reading (not just hear the students read)?

 

Did you teach new words before or after reading?

Did you read to the class? Why?

How do you feel about the day’s work?

 

These questions are just tips for us, teachers, to face a better tomorrow with our students in our class.

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As teachers, we need to pay attention to children’s emotional and social well-being as well as their academic progress. We need to create an environment in which learning can become a joyful experience for our students as well as other members of the school community.

By: Jose Noel Guasch Veloso

Grade 1 Class Teacher

BINUS SCHOOL Simprug

jveloso@binus.edu

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