EDCC 892-C01 Harold A. Geller

Teaching Demonstration - Teacher Self-Evaluation

Fill this form out after you have viewed the tape of your lesson and after you have read the feedback from the other students and the professor.

Comments on strengths/possible revisions in the following areas:

  1. Beginning of lesson/introduction of purpose:
  2. Comments about my opening were as varied as actual student evaluations. Some thought the review was a good idea. I have tried to build in a review for some time now. Most of the comments from students (it was students that first told me that they preferred to have a review) lead me to believe that it is generally well received. Regarding my own classmates, it was curious to me that no one mentioned the poem I read at the start of class. Also lost in the fast paced lecture was the fact that I used images of something that was in the sky that night (if it weren't cloudy). I have found that these pictures are most remembered by the students, enough so that some have come up to me and ask to refresh their memory of where they can look to see the objects I mentioned. Some of my students have mentioned that they like the inclusion of poetry, but others consider it wasted time. Some of my classmates in this course felt that I had tried to cover too much material, and that I did it too quickly. I would like to point out that this material is just a review of material that students should have learned in earlier lectures. All of astronomy is based upon physical principles that must be kept in mind when looking at new phenomena. It was Newton that said the if he saw so far, "it is only because he stands on the shoulders of giants." My own view, watching the tape, leads me to believe that I had a nice introduction and review. The poem gives a more "human" touch to the subject matter to be discussed, which I feel is a legitimate approach.

  3. Student Outcomes/Evaluation:
  4. My approach to evaluation or assessment of students after the lecture was a traditional quiz. The results of the quiz were not good (mean score of 4.5) but ironically they were similar with results that I've gotten in class (I don't give the quizzes to my lectures that have over 75 students). One interpretation was that I didn't succeed in getting the point across. However, it should be noted that the material presented is usually presented within the context of a 50-minute lecture not a 30-minute format. For those that have never had the material it is understandable that there would be some lack of comprehension. It may not be an ideal way to check on the effectiveness of a lesson, but I believe that it does give an idea to the student of what is considered important in the lecture. Also, it provides a quick feedback mechanism for me, allowing me to review that material that was least understood.

  5. Delivery Method (lecture, lab, small groups):
  6. My delivery method was within the context of a 25-minute lecture. This is typical of my teaching. In astronomy, there is much factual material which must be learned (and memorized to a degree) if one is going to continue and understand the ensuing material. In science, it is the case that there is often one correct answer. This is not subject to debate, unless you happen to be an expert in the field. I believe that I had a good lecture delivery, and as previously noted in class, I always welcome questions. Lectures provide a format within which one can cover the most material in any single given hour. Some classmates also thought that I should ask more questions during the lecture encouraging class participation.

  7. Sequence of Lesson Activities:
  8. A number of comments from my classmates noted that they considered the material to be sequenced in a logical manner. I always try to sequence the material so. There were also comments about there being too much material. Again, there is much material to cover in any single lecture, but I do try to break it up in a logical manner. I too must rely on the fact that the students have absorbed the previous material and can follow me forward to the new material.

  9. Technical Arrangements (use of AV, handouts, seating, etc.):
  10. There were a number of positive comments about the use of my demonstrations. I do try to demonstrate material as much as possible, although without the snafu that occurred with the chair. I personally will always remember the pictures of my fellow classmates looking rather comical with their "diffraction grating glasses."

  11. Presentation: (voice level, eye contact, movements, etc.)

Most of my classmates felt that the voice level was good. There were also positive comments about my eye contact and even my hand gestures. I personally noticed how much my hair thinning was apparent, not to mention the fact that I could use a hair trim. Also, I noticed that I look more like my oldest brother more and more, as the years go by.

Summary and Conclusion

Overall, I believe that I did well. There are places that I should consider slowing down and I should take care about presenting my backside to the audience which was caused by some of the placement of the demonstration material. There is always room for improvement, and I will endeavor to do so.

Below is a chronology I made from watching the video of my teaching presentation: