Saturday, May 22, 2010
Week 7: Interactive PowerPoints and Teaching Large Classes
What a hectic week I had, I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish my assignments for this week.
I have to say the topic "Interactive PowerPoints"this week was the most interesting for me, and I have to admit I'm not that good with creating PowerPoints. I am only familiar with the plain traditional ones. I've learned many great ideas this week from the reading and from colleagues and created a jeopardy game to review vocabulary with my students. I'm not sure of what I've done because I haven't received feedback yet. It's only a sample, I am thinking of ways to change a few things to enhance it and use it in class. I had a hard time creating this game because the tutorial was with Microsoft Office 2003 and I have the 2007 version, and I wanted to use action buttons but I couldn't for the same reason. I also looked at other PowerPoints on our website, they are all interesting with different ideas.
What I came up with this week is that I Definitely need a lot of practice to create a good interactive PPT and I am going to suggest to have training sessions for teachers in my institute as part of our in-house professional development.
Teaching large classes is a real challenge I've never experienced. However, I was a student in a large class during my university study. The teachers back then did not care whether we learned or not, paid attention or not,at the end of the day it was our future, our responsibility and their job was to put what they know in our hands leave us to deal with it.
Those days are behind and things have changed. Students nowadays are much luckier to have all this technology at their disposal to help them learn better and make a future. The ideas in the articles I read about teaching large classes can be applied to small classes as well. What I really think is difficult in teaching a large class is monitoring and observing students, getting to know them individually in order to provide for their needs. I know each student in my class, their likes and dislikes, habits, interests, etc. this is something hard to achieve in a large class.
What do you think out there?
Have a good week everyone