Sample Lesson Plan Reflection

            This lesson focuses on applying social studies and grammar content to language learning.  The activation of schema at the beginning of class by reviewing maps and applying the ideas to their personal lives engages the students.  Other positive aspects of this lesson are the modeling of the map labeling, facilitating the map simulation, allowing students to work in pairs and small groups, and giving students opportunities to take ownership of their education.   

            One problem that could arise is with the map simulation activity.  First, the ideal number of students to do this activity would be 8, but if there are 10 or less than 8, I will need to find ways to alter student roles.  As mentioned, if there are 10 students, I will not have enough set roles for each student.  I would make sure that the last 2 students are students who will be willing to take on a different role, such as a state or another known physical feature not on the given map.  If there are less than 8, I would fill in a role or the class would practice only the features that are represented.

           This lesson has elements of my teaching principles.  I believe that teachers should use a variety of methods and that students should practice the target language in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Using a variety of activities and technology will engage the students in this lesson as they have chances to practice the various competencies.  Also, applying the use of prepositions to geography will help them produce comprehensible language when discussing travel plans or giving directions, for example.  In further lessons, students will apply the physical features to human characteristics, and eventually write a short essay about where they would choose to visit or live, and why.  This relates to my principle that students should connect content to real life situations inside and outside of the classroom.