On Tuesday, July 14, I taught my first observed lesson. My lesson topic was reading and I focused on the skill cause and effect. I used one of my favorite books, Pete the Cate, My New School Shoes. I choose this book because it has great examples of cause and effect, it has a great message of "brushing things off", and the kids LOVE it! What went well: The best part of my lesson was my students being engaged throughout the story by partner talking, singing the song, and answering questions. I think they have an understanding cause and effect! When they sang the song from the story, it was so cute! They also placed all the examples of cause and effect in the correct places. I loved hearing the conversations they had during partner talk.
What did not go as planned: A lot of my kids have trouble staying focused. Towards the end, they got a little antsy. Two students also are not very verbal so they did not share with their partners as I would have liked them to. I realized that the Brain Pop video was a little too long so as soon as I saw them starting to zone out, I stopped the video and continued on with the lesson.
How to change for subsequent lessons: I would love to further the lesson and have my higher students create a book about cause and effect.
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