Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Writing Lesson Reflection
                                                                                                                                                                                                Jamie Gougarty
Date Taught:
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 from 10:45 to 11:15 am

Lesson Topic:  Writing Complete Sentences
Students will use the sentence buddy template as a visual guide to create a sentence that has correct punctuation and capitalization.   The advanced learners will review nouns and verbs as well as make a compound sentence using conjunctions such as “because” as it relates to cause and effect taught in reading.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

What went well:
My lesson plan was written in a way to include an assessment of the information I was teaching.  My goal for the lesson was to have the students learn and retain the components of a complete sentence (a beginning capital letter, a complete thought, and an ending punctuation.  Also, my lesson was written using a multi-sensory approach.  The lesson included a song, movements, and a visual aide to help the students understand the concept of a complete sentence using a Sentence Buddy.  All six of the participating students showed mastery in writing a complete sentence. 

What did not go as planned:
This lesson did not go as smoothly as my last lesson, because I tried to incorporate too many activities for the allotted time of the observation.  I should have allowed two class periods for the material I presented.  This caused me to rush through the lesson, which did not allow the children enough time to absorb all the information that I taught.  Also, with the time constraint, I did not give students enough time to process the task well enough to do it independently during the whole-group instruction. I was impulsive in that I completed the task for them.   I need to learn to self-regulate my instructional pace.  

How to change for subsequent lessons:
I will work on having more realistic time stamps and fewer activities in a given lesson.  However, this lesson helped me identify areas of written expression that I will address in future lessons.

Comments from university supervisor:
Room for improvement:
·      Break lesson into two lessons.  Too many activities for a 35 minute lesson block. 
·      Still working on using developmentally appropriate language and vocabulary to ensure it is not over the students’ head. 
·      I need to learn ways to slow my instructional pace.  For example, take a deep breath or have a signal given by a co-teacher.

Positive Compliments:
·      Differentiated instruction for the various students based on their learning needs and goals. 
·      Lesson was multisensory and students enjoyed the use of manipulatives.
·      Be careful not to complete tasks for my students when they need time to process.  This may hinder their desire to volunteer.
·      Effective use of questioning for students and classroom management.
Enjoyed my use of compliments to the children


  1. I like the different activities you had planned but as you mentioned, it would be better over a longer time period. It is important we learn how we can make our lessons better and I hope these reflections will help you in future lessons. Your eagerness to want to improve your lessons is a great characteristic to have as a teacher.

  2. I LOVED the sentence buddy and I plan to use this in my classroom. It is obvious that you love what you do and you put your heart into it. The lesson was so good that it definitely could have been split into two or maybe three lessons. I have really enjoyed co-teaching with you this Summer! It has been so much fun to get to know you better and learn from each other!