Tomorrow marks the first day of the English 405 microlessons! I cannot wait to see what the students do in the classroom. I have read the first two lessons and provided feedback but they really didn't need much! They are ready to go! Last week we focused on our literature pair shares. We didn't have class on President's Day and Wedneday we had a work day so partners could begin work on their units on one of the top ten novels or plays taught in U.S. high schools. This semester I am happy to say, we have four Shakespeare plays and I couldn't be happier! I'm always fascinated by what students do when first conceptualizing how they might teach the plays.
The nice thing about the microlessons is that each student completes an evaluation or feedback form. These multiple voices and perspectives is so valuable. With 18 sets of eyes, we all notice different things. The whole point is to build a community of scholars and peers so that we help each other and build each other up into the best practicing teachers possible. We also videotape the lesson and each student is asked to watch it and then complete an evaluation of him or herself. I did this coaching speech and even though it is hard to watch yourself, you do notice things that you do. Or don't do.