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LESSON PLAN WRITTEN BY: Krystle Bond Christine Coulson Nancy Friesen Shannon Lirondelle Class: EDUC 250

Topic: Chapter 15 - The Challenges of Teaching

Date: March 28, 2013

Length: 40 MIN

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PowerPoint presentation Visual aids (table cloth, posters, props) Paper catcher (precut) x 40 Blank mind maps x 40 to take notes in class Mind map X 40 as post assessment to be handed in after class Food Props (Shannon) Stress kit for teachers x 40 Chairs to model theatre style seating facing front of the room Paper packages set out on the desk (paper catcher, mind map)


Intro music with a slide that says Bump and we explain and welcome audience

YouTube Videos: (Anticipatory Set) o Show motivational You tube Video of Nick Vujicic o

7 MIN (2.5 MIN) (1 MIN)

Student Objectives for the Day: (Determine a purpose for learning) (30 SEC) This is a demanding career both emotionally and psychologically. It is wise to realize the challenges and what to look out for when choosing this career path.  Written on the whiteboard before class has begun  Point to each objective and read out loud to students Students will be able to: 1. EXPLAIN THE 5 CHALLENGES OF TEACHING 2. GRASP THE IMPORTANCE OF SELFAWARNESS 3. DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR OVERCOMMING THE BUMPS IN THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

Pre-Assessment: (Identify what students already know) (3 MIN)  Ask class to discuss in group – As a future teacher, what do you see as the major challenges that await you when you get your first job? Give one minute to discuss with their group. Each group will present 1 idea – 20 seconds for each group to present.


24.5 MIN

Challenge #1 - Teacher Satisfaction: (3 MINS)  Discuss that to be satisfied as a teacher, teaching must be your passion. o Ask – What are the “perks of teaching?” Discuss that this can’t be their primary motives for becoming a teacher. o Ask – What are the consequences of half-hearted teaching? Discuss the power educators have over children learning and the consequences of not caring about your work as an educator (you teach them what they need to know & children won’t learn much from a bad teacher)  Explain that to make sure teaching is what you want to do you must know what you’re getting into. o When problems arise it can drive people out of the profession because they lack the commitment/the passion to see it through o People who love what they do are willing to confront and overcome any problem o Discuss the quote “If I told you the road would be bumpy, and it is, at least you would know you were on the right road.”  Explain the primary reason why teachers become discouraged is because they don’t know what their role is o Discuss possible reasons for confusion – E.g. What do I teach? What impact has my teaching had? How can I improve? o Formulate ideas for overcoming the challenge – e.g. mentor teacher, good support system etc. Challenge #2 - Becoming Self Aware: (4 MIN) Main Objective: To explain and stress how important it is for a teacher to be self -aware. 

Explain there are two specific things it is critical for a teacher to be aware of. 1. You must know what is ‘YOU’ 2. You must know what is ‘THE TEACHER’

Start using various ‘identity’ props to demonstrate the different ‘personification’ we can have as an individual. This will continue for the remainder of the lesson; ending with just the name tag saying ‘Christine’. - Queen (feather boa & tiara): some days we may feel like we are queen of the classroom, everything going right - Pirate (eye patch & mustache):some days we may feel like we are only seeing one side of everything and not seeing the entire picture - Snake charmer (mask & snake): some days we feel as if we are trying to handle dangerous animals with the possibility of being constantly bit - Adventurer (hat & cap gun): some days we feel as we are ready for anything, looking for the next adventure ready to meet it head on. - Just me (name tag): The most important thing for everyday is to know YOU

Q1. What is self-awareness? (Ask class for examples) A1. Knowing your values, personality, needs, habits, emotions, strengths and weaknesses. Q2. What does self-awareness allow you to do? (Ask class for examples) A2. Allows you to motivate yourself, limit yourself (ask for help), and improve yourself 

Two Methods to becoming self-aware: 1. Change your self-talk from negative to positive; don’t ask ‘what is wrong with me’, ask ‘what is right with me’ 2. Raise your personal awareness

Main KEY TO SUCCESS in becoming self-aware when teaching according to Beauchamps & Parsons: - It is to find a good, critical friend; someone that is a true friend and will give you helpful constructive criticism AND encouragement. This type of honest feedback is important; you don’t want feedback that is too negative or too easy as neither will help you to successfully become self-aware, it’s imperative that you be able to accept this constructive criticism and if you can’t you must work on changing your inside.

Once you have truly discovered and embraced who YOU are, this is when you have successfully met the challenge of self-awareness!

Challenge #3 - Discipline: (4 MIN) Discuss Bad and Good Discipline. Ask audience to provide a few words to describe good and bad discipline. Explain the two discipline techniques that Beauchamps and Parsons present in Chapter 15. 1. Students should be treated as young adults who are responsible for their actions. 2. Discipline is best handled from a preventative point of view. Discuss perception and how important it is from both a teacher and student perspective. Look at two pictures in PowerPoint and ask audience what they see and show the two different images. Present the 4 Keys to Promote Good Discipline in a Class as presented in the textbook. 1. Become educated people 2. Understand and accept your role as a steward of schools in a democracy 3. Approach teaching reflectively and honestly 4. Possess skills and attitudes necessary to work towards school and human renewal Stretching Activity Stand up sit down exercise to keep it active and fun!

(30 SEC)

Challenge #4 - Problems with Society: (4 MIN) Describe the scenario of the little girl who does not want to go home for the Christmas break because school is safer than home. Talk about the other effects that society will bring in to your classroom, like lack of food, violence, lack of tolerance, lack of money, drugs, etc. Discuss teacher as a social worker. Add this to the mind map and attach key points: be an influential teacher, take time for your students.

Challenge #5 – Burnout: (4 MIN)  Define Burnout: a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress  Discuss the 2 main challenges teachers face: 1. Role ambiguity – what are you supposed to do? 2. Locus of control – do you have the power to do what you think is best?  Discuss what factors are more likely to lead to burnout than others. E.g. individual ability to cope with stress, way you perceive situations, etc.  Discuss social support as a possible solution. Activity: Making a Paper Catcher

(5 MIN)

The students will be directed by Shannon on folding the paper catcher. Directions are also on the activity sheet. They will try out the game by themselves and then be directed to turn to a friend to play the game. The solutions inside the paper catcher match what main challenges are printed on the outside.



Post Assessment: (Finding out what the students have learned from the presentation) (5 MIN)  Make a Mind Map: Instructions are provided on the activity sheet. This mind map will include the six bubbles. Five of the bubbles are for the student to fill out the challenges presented in class and the sixth bubble is for students to provide their own personal challenge. At least one solution must be provided for each challenge. Ask any students if they would like to share their particular challenge.  Review the days objectives (30 SEC)  Teacher/Student/Parent interview video (1 MIN)  Reminder: (15 SEC) - Tuesday, April 5 will be our last presentation on Chapter 16 – First Year of Teaching  Ask if anyone has any questions or comments on the lesson (1 MIN)  Hand out Teacher Survival Kit and collect mind maps as students leave (45 SEC)

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Chapter 15 Teaching from the Inside Out, Beauchamp and Parsons Self-Aware: Burnout: Burnout: Teacher Satisfaction: Problems with Society: Nelson, Jane (1987). Positive Discipline (1st ed.). New York, NY: Ballantine Books.

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