Task 2: On the move (Task for teacher education, chapter 14) Step 1 Teaching space:
Body language: Body language T closes her eyes a little bit T gets closer to a student T moves her hands making a circle T smiles at some students T raises her hands
Meaning Trying to understand what a student was saying Listening better to him Telling a student to continue speaking Approving his performance in the evaluation Telling students to pay attention to her
Step 2 I.
Teaching space 1a
b Describe the teaching space of the teacher you observed “She used a very small teaching space, moving specially near the whiteboard”. c Suggest reasons why you believe the teacher used that particular space “I think she used that particular space because that day students had an evaluation and the guide-teacher reviewed the contents before it so it was not necessary to move a lot”. 2 a How could the teacher you observed change her teaching space? “In my opinion, she could change her teaching space by moving between the students (especially if they had a doubt)”. b What might the results be of her moving into different spaces into the classroom? “It might seem her class more focused on the content than the evaluation itself”.
Eye contact 1 a Describe the eye contact of the teacher you observed. Which areas(s) of the classroom and which learners did the teacher focus on? Give possible reasons for this. “In this case, the guide-teacher’s eye contact was focused on those students who were behaving badly (either making noise or annoying their classmates) and was also focused on those students nearby. The possible reasons for these points are: She wanted to focus on misbehaved students to see if they were interrupting their classmates’ practice Because some students were nearby, it was easier for the guide-teacher to be aware of those”. b Which areas of the room and which learners did she not make eye contact with? Give possible reasons for this. “She did not make much eye contact with those well-behaved students and farther ones. Possibly, the reasons are:
It was not necessary for the teacher to see the well-behaved students because she knew they were not going to interrupt their classmates, make noise, etc. It was much harder for the teacher to focus on those students due to the distance.”
c What were the overall effects of the teacher’s use of eye contact? “Some students who were misbehaving started to behave well since they had felt pressured. None of the students in that class seemed ignored because they were concentrated on the activity. The eye contact was effective for students in general”.
Body language 1 a Which types of body language did the teacher who you observed mostly use” “She mostly used facial gestures (like closing her eyes and smiling) and hands movement (e.g.: moving her hands and raising her hands).” b How helpful or confusing was her body language in conveying her meanings? “It was precise according to her speech and students did not get confused. Nevertheless, due to their energetic nature, students were moving and speaking loudly”. 2 Give at least three reasons for using clear body language during a lesson
It helps us make our speech clearer Using clear body language reinforce what we are saying for students We can use body language as other way to say something without using the voice