A Taste of our own Medicine
I became a student again for three days while I listened to 12 of my student teachers lecture as part of their practicum. A few weeks ago, I had given them a list of ten skills that I expected them to include as they taught. During their session, I used that list to evaluate their teaching. Each teacher also used the list to evaluate one of their peers. After they lectured, I encouraged their good teaching points and shared a few ways they could improve. I also asked them to self-evaluate by writing a report on what they did right and what they would do differently the next time they taught the material.
As I observed them, I realized that I was actually evaluating my own teaching. These teachers are following my example. If they do not include some teaching techniques, then perhaps I am not modeling it correctly.
So how did they do? Most of them did great! They included engaging introductions and conclusions, shared relevant stories and application points, and initiated one or two activities. A few teachers were not very lively and just stood in one place with little interaction. I told them that the Father is just as interested in the process of improving our teaching as he is in the end result. I actually learned that idea from one of my teachers!
I also found that sitting for six hours made me fidgety. My rear end hurt from sitting so long! How do my poor students endure 12 hours of sitting? I decided that next time I teach, I will have the students stand up three or four times a chapter, each time we review the main idea. I will also make sure I give them two or three activities during a two-hour session.
In the future, I can really see myself co-teaching with a number of these teachers when we open up second-generation teacher classes in the fall. I think this training is the foundation for a great expansion of second-generation training. Pray for these graduates as they expand and extend the impact of the SALT ministry!