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  • 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.
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