I feel that the class went relatively well. Areas for growth, in my opinion, are to introduce the lesson vocabulary in a more structured and fun way. I assumed that students had completed the assigned homework to research these vocabulary words, but I should have not assumed that. I should have prepared a vocabulary activity to reinforce these words. I would also reduce teacher talking time and even class discussion time, as I would prefer that students have discussions in small groups, this would mean that students are more engaged.
As for the reading portion of the lesson: I read a lot more than I had intended to read because I realized that we had spent much longer than I had planned on a class discussion on the text’s historical context. I would prefer to have students read as I did in the following lesson, which was like popcorn reading but to have the student who was reading to choose the following reader. This method of reading was much more engaging and had students eager to listen and read.
Because I spent so much time on class discussion, I didn’t have time to check through some of the comprehension questions with the students. If I could have done this class differently, I would have made more time to check the comprehension towards the end.
I think the students were mainly engaged with the class because of the ease communication between myself and the students. They feel that they can talk to me freely and they know they won’t be scolded for incorrect answers, so I think I have a good rapport with students. However I feel that the content was a little difficult for some students and a little too easy for others so a degree of differentiation would have helped the class.