My lesson that I did in PPP was on Kosher meat in Jewish tradition. I chose this subject because when I did two weeks in a secondary school I taught it to a year 7 class and really enjoyed it. I think my lesson went really well, however, it could gone better. I’ll talk you through the lesson and then go onto my improvements I personally feel I could have made in the lesson.
I started off the lesson by having an appropriate question that I thought the pupils should be able to answer at the end of the lesson. My question was; what is Kosher and why is it important in the Jewish Tradition? I thought this question could cover a wide range of subject knowledge as well as be small enough to fit into a 30 minute lesson. The students were given three different learning outcomes that they were asked to do a thumbs up or down at the end of the lesson so I could know if they understood what they were or not, this gave me good knowledge of what I might need to go over in lessons to come, for example, do it as a starter in the next lesson to re-jog their memory and find new ways to explain that they might not have understood the lesson before. I then used a starter task, the idea was that I stood at the door and handed out a pack of cards that I had made. The cards had pictures of different food on them and then the pupils had to group the different foods into Kosher and Non-kosher, obviously some pupils didn’t even know what Kosher was and that was ok for the starter as the starter was just to see how much they actually knew before I started the lesson. This lasted about 4 minutes and the pupils showed their knowledge and spoke/debated with each other about what they though. After this I didn’t give them the answers to what goes where. (Worksheet below).
Then I went onto the main part of the lesson, where I used a small powerpoint to show the pupils they needed to see to gain the knowledge. Also this gave the student a chance to ask questions if they didn’t understand parts of the lesson.
The slide above is one of the slides that I used to teach, it talks about what meat you can eat when you are Jewish.
After this powerpoint, I showed them a video that I had found on youtube that summed up the entire powerpoint in quick notes and animation. I think that this was a really good way to try to sum up after an intesnse lesson, it captures the attention of the pupils, especially if it is a lesson before dinner or the end of the day when the pupils are restless. After the video, I told the students to sort out the cards that they had been given, so they can see where they have gone wrong and correct it. This showed me how the pupils understood the lesson and how well my teaching methods are. Then I decided to do something exciting with my class, a Kahoot quiz that allowed the pupils to become competitive to win as well as show good knowledge. This activity I believe, was really good as it made the pupils really get into the lesson. After this we did the thumbs up, thumbs down activity that I talked about to end my lesson.
Over all, I think the lesson went a lot better than planned, it ran smoothly, I was within my timings and the pupils learned things that they didn’t know before the lesson and even showed that they enjoyed themselves in the lesson.
However, there were parts of the lesson that could have been improved. Firstly, I think that I could have been a lot more confident when talking. Also, I think one of the biggest downfalls of the lesson was that I didn’t meet the needs of the pupils within the classroom, such as I didn’t have anything for people with vision or hearing disabilities as well as other problems that may occur within the classroom. I think that if I had added these into my lesson then I think that my lesson would have gone even more smoothly. The feedback that I had that touched up on this helped me to understand much more and then apply to my real lessons in placement, to help me improve my lessons.