Throughout the entire INTAPT course, I have received feedback in many forms. As an individual receiving feedback, I appreciated all kinds of feedback given – in person, directed to me during question and answer periods, as well as in paper. From everyone’s comments, I can tell that what a good teaching is different for everyone, however, there are many common criteria that my learners pointed out to me that were the same. For example, generally, a learner will enjoy a teaching session if the presenter is clear and organized, communicates effectively to the students, interacts with participants, provides visual/physical instructional material, in a comfortable environment (Squires, 2003).
In terms of the feedback I received from the audiovisual recording, I found that to be very helpful in how I can change and implement new strategies during my teaching for the future. The teaching session I chose was when I presented my section during the INTAPT workshop, on motivating and engaging learners. Some of the comments Audrey, my partner, suggested was also mentioned in class during the class reflection session. Therefore, seeing it again reminded me that these are the most important goals I need to focus on for my next teaching opportunity. Furthermore, my partner gave me innovative, smarter ideas on how to better incorporate interactive activities during the session and in the question and answer period. As an illustration, Audrey suggested that I should redirect questions to the audience to encourage participation. This is an amazing idea that I never would have thought of if it wasn’t for her comment, and is definitely something I will be using in future teaching settings. In conclusion, the comments I received throughout the INTAPT course will shape me into a better facilitator, learner, and explorer (of education) by providing me with innovative strategies to incorporate into my teaching.
Squires, G. (2003). Trouble-shooting your teaching: A step-by-step guide to analysing and improving your practice. London: Kogan Page.