This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.
To reach your target, follow the steps below
1. Decide on a specific content area
2. Find out the learning resource relevant to your topic that are available from your school/university’s learning resource center.
3.Develop a pile of teaching aids (flash cards, pictures, cut outs transparencies.
4. Organize them in box
As you observe the class, use the activity forms provided for you to document your observations.
- Are there learning resources useful for your topic in the resource center you visited?
- Are the available materials, appropriate for your target grade/year level?
- List down those that can be useful for your topic.
- What other materials can you make? (like flash cards, posters, cut-outs, transparencies, etc.)
- To clarify on this part, in the since that I am not yet in the teaching world or practised teaching, I will relate this question on the teacher that we did observed last February 2, 2014, whose name was ISHAQ PUNDOMA. He is a teacher on the subject matter chemistry. The teacher used Manila paper in discussing his topic in relation to LIPIDS and other science vocabulary. He used the white board as well in order to show the students on the segregation of chemicals; eg. Molecules and its division. The resource teacher utilizes the materials inside the class very well, and as of the topic he was discussing was somehow composed of the information he gathered in certain book that was advised by the school for that certain subject matter to be used, and could also be found in their own library.
- The materials being used was applicable for the fourth year level in the since that they are now grown up. The Manila paper that was being used as a visual was good IMs for him to use with an indication of his outline for the discussion on that day. It was easy for the student what to expect on that day and recall their past lesson. The subject matter that was being handed to them was suited to her level since it is in the curriculum of the said level.
- The possible that the resource teacher could use aside from visual aid, white board and black board are the following:
- Power Point Presentation
- Object that can be made out of styrophome and other materials
- In the discussion of Sir Pundoma, he can also use a poster, cut outs, or even utilizing their media room for the learner to be more exposed to the subject maters, where they could gain the concept in an easier way.
Give at least three benefits of doing a survey of available materials before making your own materials? Explain each.
- You’ll be far more prepared for the materials you needed, and if there were lacking in the planned materials at least you can do and have an alternative resource materials you need to use. As a teacher one need to utilize the available materials within the environment.
- It will not give you stress when you’re already on the day of your meeting with your class. You have at least days to prepare your materials in a well created craft.
- If there is a need in changing your subject matter on that day due to lackings of material, you can still have the time to do so.
- Which of the materials did you like making the most? Why?
- In the resources that I did observed, one thing that i did really like is through using a presentation through power point. This idea came to me when I already started learning here in St. Michael’s College. As I consider, utilizing this kind of material can cause a good visual learning for the kids, since most of the kids are best in learning through seeing. Aside from this, through the given idea by the master teachers last March 8, they did given us some good ideas which we could adopt in teaching our kids in the future and one of this is the so called MNEMONIC. (Since, I am not yet in the teaching world, I could base upon what I did observed and known from the three months session from this learning.)
- What difficulties, if any, did you encounter in making the material? How did you overcome them?
- Based on my realization, the hardest part in making the material is the idea on how will you present it to the students. Either they like it or not. Are they going to gain learning from this materials that I am using? Will they understand my discussion through it? These are some possible questions that suddenly popped out when I am making my own presentation to the class. On how you’re going to outline your topic based on your subject in a way that kids could get it is the hardest part since that, the way you understand things is very different from the way they understand it. This cause the teacher to think their needs and think of the possible aspect that could be more applicable to them
- What tips can you give teachers regarding preparation of teaching materials?
- The simplest tips that I could give for the teachers regarding preparation of teaching materials is that, they need to prepare it ahead of time. In order to change something on the materials with allotted time if they needed to do so for the betterment of the learners’ understanding when the teacher is going to present it.
Learning Resource on a Specific Content Area
Use this graphic organizer to present the learning resource relevant to the topic chosen. On the line inside the box, indicate if the resource is already AVAILABLE, MAY BE PURCHASED, OR WILL BE MADE (by you, of course!)
TOPIC: The Great Three Wars in the 20th Century Grade/Year LEVEL: Fourth Year Level