Dec 28, 2018
For today, we have planned to read two paragraphs from a history book and to discuss some short video clips from YouTube. Teacher Ann did a lot of hard work preparing to the lesson, probably even too much. Of course teachers should prepare to their lessons, but over-preparation usually makes the lesson too rigid, too inflexible. Both teacher and learner should remember that the bulk of preparation should be the responsibility of the learner.
When we finished with the text, and it was quite a difficult text, I was able to understand all the points I couldn't understand before, so I am very happy with that. It just took more time than I had expected. I think we could have done it faster if we were to go directly to the text.
The strong points of this teacher:
* knows how to prepare concept-checking questions;
* has a good pronunciation;
* explains stuff well;
* introduces the new vocabulary in the correct order; she doesn't elicit though, but personally I don't like this technique anyway, so it is not a minus;
Recommendations for this teacher:
* she needs to be even more mindful to grading her language (for the most part it was fine though); classroom language should always be at or below the language level of the learners, but never above it;
* when writing the lesson plan, she should not neglect the "anticipated problems" section; it is just as important as the "new material" section.
With all this critique, still above average though. Just could have been even better.