Reflective Evaluation

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Reflective evaluation on ‘Preparing to teach’

"It is common for reflection to be treated as if it were an intellectual exercise - a simple matter of thinking rigorously. However, reflection is not solely a cognitive process; emotions are central to all learning." (1998: 194) Boud and Walker.

I agree with the quote above as reflective practice is looking at what I have learned and how I can make use of what I have learned in my teaching practice.
In this assignment, I will discuss what I have been taught and how I have incorporated professional terminology and a variety of teaching tools; to see how I can manage many styles of learning and adapt my teaching to be able to plan, prepare for and provide for the individual learners
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One teacher (teacher A) showed authority instantly. They brought the students closer for discussion, which ensured that all distractions were out of sight and all students could be seen. The teacher delivered the lesson, whilst firing questions to each student, which promoted a tutor/student led discussion. When a student came in late he was asked to wait outside until the lesson had been delivered. In doing this no disruption was caused. Once the discussion was over the teacher spoke with the student, handed him a late form and then filled him in on what he had missed. I was glad to see that student had been disciplined but then forgiven in order to give him a fresh start and a chance to catch up with the rest of the class.
The second teacher (teacher B) was quite different. They didn’t seem to obtain the same authority and during the delivery of the lesson the students were not brought closer but remained by the computers, meaning that some were distracted. There wasn’t a chance for the students to share their knowledge during this point as no questions were asked. I learnt here that it is vital to keep your students engaged and involved throughout, but whether you have a well behaved or disruptive class the teacher must be the one the control them and ensure that learning is carried out.
Before I was accepted onto the course it was required of us to give a small presentation on our thoughts and feelings of the role of a teacher for the