Teacher What Worked or Didn't Work: I chose to wait until my last observation to teach my whole group lesson, so that the students and I would be more comfortable around each other and I could build rapport. This was a good choice, but I would have liked to have had even more time observing before teaching.
Student What Worked or Didn't Work: Students were engaged and interested in the lesson, but I think I should have included more kinesthetic elements to further engage students and make the lesson more fun. Incorporating a "mystery" aspect into the lesson hopefully appealed to multiple intelligences.
Text What Worked or Didn't Work: I adapted the text to make it more relatable to the specific culture of the students, which worked well. I think I could've made the text slightly more challenging (closer to instructional level), since I read it aloud to the class.
Context What Worked or Didn't Work: I had students sit on the floor with clipboards instead of at their desks, since I was cognizant of how long the lesson was and that students would likely need more wiggle room than their desks provided.
Task What Worked or Didn't Work: Students filled out a graphic organizer after modeling and guided practice, which went well, but I wish I had included one more task as well, ideally something more active and kinesthetic that included an element of student choice and peer work.
In Summary Overall, the literacy event present in my lessons seemed to go well and engage students in a fun, exploratory lesson without putting any struggling readers on the spot. Through the use of comprehension questions and guided practices, all students had an opportunity to engage regardless of reading level.