Effective Teaching and Learning


Total word count : 1829 PGCE MFL French
Assignment 1

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin

Written Summary
Activity 1

During my first week of induction, I had the opportunity to observe and
sometimes take part in a wide range of language lessons in no less than the 4 different languages my placement school offers to its pupils. Being in a classroom with experimented MFL teachers not only inspired me even more to start delivering lessons myself but it also enabled me to reflect on a great number of issues discussed previously during the university course.

Notwithstanding the importance of this experience, the pupil shadowing session was an even more revealing activity to some extent as I could , for the first time since I was myself a secondary school student, experience a full school day from a pupil's point of view.

Beyond the curricular aspect, what struck me the most was the great variety of teaching styles a Year 9 pupil can encounter   in only a day's time. Indeed, the level of involvement and autonomy of the pupils, the pace, the amount of cultural references or the behavior management were completely different from one lesson to another. This led me to the conclusion that the teacher is the utmost important element for the transmission of knowledge in the classroom and that radically different teaching styles lead themselves to completely different expectations, targets, and very different results in terms of behaviour, concentration, interest in the subjects and thus, overall achievement.

Exploring subject Pedagogy
Activity 2

“Most educators agree that children need to be in supportive, friendly environments.” (Hitz & Driscoll, 1989) When observing a lesson, the most obvious thing one can observe a teacher doing to achieve such a goal is using praise.

Praise in the classroom is a vast concept, and it can come in many forms,...