The goal of this segment of the course is to analyze
techniques used by teachers and to provide future teachers with an
opportunity to practice their presentation skills. Please prepare one
of the following for the class. The lesson and resulting discussion
should take less than an hour.
- Mock Teaching: Give a lecture to this class that you might
present in your classroom. (Teachers with little or no classroom
experience are urged to select this option.)
- Video of Local Classroom: Videotape yourself while teaching
a class; show and discuss the tape in class.
- Analysis of other Video: Bring in a videotape of a middle
or high school class. It is strongly recommended that you come
prepared to stop the video at key points and remark on what is happening
in the classroom.
Grading: Mock teaching will be graded on a scale of 1 to 25 based on the following criteria.
- Preparedness (8) -- If you have never taught before, practice your lecture before you give it in class. Read through your notes before class starts. Try to have all the materials you need ready to hand out before you begin lecturing.
- Content (10) -- The mathematics presented in a lesson should be correct and complete. Lectures should be clear, and you should take care when selecting the words you use in descriptions and definitions. If it is not difficult to present the material in more than one way, please do so. The mathematics presented should be appropriate for a middle- or high-school class and should take 30 to 45 minutes to present. Lessons that cover a single topic thoroughly, with clear objectives and tasks that are clearly related to the topic will be more successful than lesons that "skip around" between topics or that include confusing or unrelated activities.
- Neatness/Clarity (7) -- Writing on the blackboard and overhead and text in handouts should be legible. Give clear instructions in writing and out loud for in-class activities. Try to be aware of what portions of the blackboard you use during your lecture and use that awareness to improve your presentation.
- Discipline (0) -- You may find that your "mock students" are more or less unruly or apathetic during your presentation. You are responsible for keeping them on-task and dealing with questions and interruptions to the best of your ability but you will not be penalized for your classmates' actions.