Essay Example on Ways in which I can develop my teaching Skills









Strengths Getting feedback after my TPs really gave me insight into the ways in which I can develop my teaching skills I also discovered my strengths and after my 3rd TP I felt more comfortable and confident in the classroom According to my tutor in written feedback one of my greatest strengths shown was monitoring and I was able to do active and supportive monitoring during tasks I believe this is an important aspect of teaching because a good teacher should know whether the students can effectively carry out the tasks or not thus giving appropriate feedback after tasks Another strength that was mentioned by my tutor and my peers was that I had good rapport and could provide opportunities for students to get involved The students were engaged and interested Also as evidenced in my tutor's feedback I can anticipate problems before my lessons and think of practical solutions to overcome them Developmental Needs and Action Points There are many areas that I need to focus on 

First I need to work more carefully on how I sequence the stages and think thoroughly how I will do things in class by working more on the details This will make it easier for me to follow my plan during the lesson I believe setting clear tasks for the students and planning what I will say or do before during and after each stage of the lesson can help me improve in this area I also believe that I should keep working on instructions by making them well staged and clear I can improve in this area by setting clear aims for each task and in the last stage of the course I intend to think of the procedures in my lesson plans thoroughly and include in more efficient ICQs to help me keep tasks clear for the students Another area I need to improve on is bringing in variety with regrouping and movement in class I intend to make use of more types of interactions in my next lessons so that students will stay focused and all students including the weaker ones may have a chance to get involved in tasks I also believe I can exploit the context more efficiently if I use the white board more effectively and make use of proper visuals and use PPT with the OHP to get students more engaged I believe constructive criticism is invaluable for a developing teacher I am definitely going to miss receiving feedback after each lesson once I start teaching in another environment and I will try to take every opportunity I can to be observed by my more experienced colleagues and to observe them Summary During the course I have learned that student centered teaching is far more effective 

I have also learned that building rapport with students is one of the biggest keys to become a good teacher A good teacher should be able to encourage students by enabling them to learn in a student centered way rather than keeping the lesson teacher centered and not giving students much chance to speak and improve their language skills Before taking the course I used to think that it is a teacher's job to explain everything I discovered that this was a wrong approach and eliciting information from the students is the best way to engage them in the lesson A student centered approach makes students more confident and helps a teacher build rapport as well I have found out that receiving constructive feedback is one of the most important opportunities for me to develop my teaching skills I learnt a lot from my tutors and my peers I have learned the importance of effective time management and developed the habit of considering the ways time could have been saved after each lesson Another thing I have learned over the duration of the course is that we should not feed students answers instead we must let them learn from their mistakes and correct their errors in a productive way Observing my tutors and peers gave me lots of inspiration and ideas on my journey to become a better teacher Plans for Post Course Development

A good teacher never stops learning and I have many ideas on how to become one I intend to start improving myself beyond the course by reading as many books as I can on teaching skills A few books I plan to read are Teach Efl by David Riddell Essential Teacher Knowledge by Jeremy Harmer and How to Teach Pronunciation by Gerald Kelly I will also try to observe my experienced colleagues whenever I get the opportunity to improve myself further Over the duration of the course I discovered the importance of effective lesson planning so I intend to develop my lesson planning skills and create a portfolio of my lesson plans to keep my work organized I believe body language is another important aspect of teaching and I found that a good way of maintaining a positive body language is being aware of my personal gestures So I plan to record a few of my lessons in the future and watch them to improve my body language in the classroom Lastly over the long run I intend to gain experience in teaching in a multilingual environment abroad and before moving on to that I would like to apply for a Delta course after having 2 years of experience in teaching

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