Final Assessment Report
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Kindergarten practicum
Final Assessment Report
After having concluded my Kindergarten practicum period at Aberdare College, I will now
analyze and share some conclusions about myself and my actions as a teacher following the Four
Dimensions of Reflective Learning by Karen Barnstable.
Revisiting the entire experience, I can now confirm that basing my planning and lesson on
the Communicative approach and following the Presentation-Practice-Production procedure, was
totally appropriate and effective for young learners. Focusing always on communication, I was
able to create a contented atmosphere where children felt secure, confident and eager to
participate throughout all of the lessons.Students identified and used the new vocabulary as well
as they could incorporate the new structures learnt.
The original aim of this project was for this group of very young children to learn while
having fun, and it was achieved. The use of unreal and real objects and materials combined with
songs, stories and games was the correct choice so as to called children’s attention and motivate
them as well.
Sharing some lessons a classroom with these young learners was quiet an enriching
experience. I got to actually realize how short their concentration period is and so, how important
itis to change the activities and tasks rather often. As a consequence, it is crucial to have strategies
so as to regain the climax or atmosphere every now and then.
Thinking Forward and Inward
Reflecting on my performance and how students reacted and answered to my lessons, I
can say that working with young learners involves a lot of physical effort but it is really gratifying. If
I had the chance to develop this practice again, I would not change anything from the lesson plan.
Students reacted very enthusiastically to all of the activities and materials. I would change some
acts and decisions I made. For example, I could realize that sometimes I went a bit too fast, mostly
while speaking or explaining an activity. I must always bear in mind that they are young learners
with a very elementary level of English; so slowing down and accompany my words with gestures
becomes crucial. Overall, I enjoyed and had fun while teaching. I feel really satisfied with my
performance; so much that I seriously consider working as a kindergarten teacher in a short time.
As regards the world that surrounds us, I believe that it is important to mention that in
Argentina there has always been issues as regards education. Today, in particular, unevenness and
inequality are characteristics that define society and education. There is a great difference
between private and public schools and kindergartens. Education is supposed to be for everyone
no matter race, social status or religion. We want to reduce the gap between individuals so I think
that we must teach our kids and students the importance of education as well as how important is
to be different from each other. Because sharing with someone that is different from us, inspires
us as persons.
Comentado [R1]: Do you mean that learners were able to use
the structures to convey meaning?
Comentado [R2]: Which ones?
Comentado [R3]: Great discovery, Clara!! The recordings
showed you etablised very good rapport with the learners.
Comentado [R4]: How would this gap be bridged?
What about the feedback you received from the course teacher and
your tutor? How did they help you develop your teaching practice?
Take these views and comments into account when reflecting upon
your next practicum periods.
Way to go!