The most things I learned on last Tuesday and Wednesday:
In the “Teacher Movement and Teacher Gesture” I learned that as every movement done by teacher has its own meaning, a teacher should move accordingly that creates good teaching-learning atmosphere and help students easily understand whatever messages come from him.
Teacher`s voice also plays a very important role in the class: Giving lots of meaning to students and bringing impact on students` way of study. So, a teacher has to speak in proper tones that encourage students to make progress in study English.
One combination way that a teacher can do is keeping silent for some time to allow students freely speak and express themselves, and or to attract students` attention on certain points.
A teacher should always keep in his/her mind that there are three kinds of interaction style: T-Ss, T-S, and Ss-Ss. I would add one more: S-Ss like in presentation something to class.
Another way to attract students` attention is eye movement and contact. “Eye speaks more that lips.” So, using his/her eyes, a teacher can show agreement-disagreement, like-dislike, compliment, etc.
To help students understand a certain topic, a teacher can use Switching Sensory Chanel strategy, like asking students to hear and feel what is said by teacher while closing their eyes.
To arouse students` confidence and help them to feel comfortable in their English proficiency level, a teacher also uses non-verbal reinforcements, like nodding, smiling and widening eyes, showing his/her thumbs up, etc.
To arouse and increase students` participation in the class, a teacher should make appropriate questions with topics in the teaching.
As last Wednesday I got a chance to teach in teaching practice, I have some beautiful things to share in this Blog. Negatively: 1) (according to my friends) the material was too hard for the class 9 semester 2 students even though I did make some comparison study with materials in a qualified book written by Mr. Mukarto. 2) No enough explanation of the position of adjective words, especially after to be. 3) No concrete and easy sentence examples, e.g., Maris is beautiful, Maris is a beautiful girl. Positively: 1) Time management was very good: I Started and finished on time. 2) I felt confident and was not in a hurry. 3) I had an appropriate eye contact and body movements. 4) I could manage the classroom: controlling all students and attracting their attention to materials delivered to them. 5) My voice was loud enough, so all of them could hear and understand the material delivered to them. 6) I attentively listened to students when asking and correctly answer their questions. 7) I appropriately used verbal and non-verbal reinforcements, like saying: Great, excellent, correct, and thank you. 8) I made some questions to increase their participation in the class.
Thank you Mr. Prast and my dearest friends for your great support by giving me opportunity to practice teaching in front of you.