## The First Teaching Observation

### Title of Observed Session

Scaffolding as a Teaching Strategy

The instructor introduces students to the concept of scaffolding using a PowerPoint presentation. The lesson is buoyed by real-life learning examples that demonstrate how scaffolding works.

### Instructor’s Strengths

The instructor has high levels of patience, and this means that she can reach a wider range of students. The instructor has also taken the time to organize a well-thought-out presentation that grasps the attention of the learners. For instance, on the third slide, the teacher finds no need to explain anything as the material is easy to understand. The professionalism of the teacher also adds to her accolades as a star instructor.

### Instructor’s Areas for Improvement

The instructor is not lively enough, and this means that some learners can easily lose interest in the course of the lesson. The instructor should also work on other means of emphasizing her points other than hand gestures. For example, she could have used props to enhance her lesson.

## The Second Teaching Observation

### Title of Observed Session

Teaching with style, Mechanical Energy Conservation

The instructor is teaching the class about the potential and practical applications of mechanical energy. The instructor uses props and live demonstrations to prove his point.

### Instructor’s Strengths

The instructor is able to captivate the attention of the class by using well-thought-out demonstrations. The instructor is also able to deliver a much-needed shock-effect to the class, and this helps the students to investigate the subject matter in detail. The instructor obviously has a great grasp of the subject matter, and this makes his teaching methods more effective.

### Instructor’s Areas for Improvement

The instructor needs to concentrate more on involving the student in the lesson because, at one point, it appears as if they are bored. It would have been more effective if the students took part in some of the demonstrations that the instructor carried out.

## Comparison of the Lessons

The instructors in both lessons use completely different approaches to teach their students. The physics lesson is heavy on demonstration but lacks visualizations to back up the theoretical concepts of the subject matter. On the other hand, the instructor who is teaching the scaffolding concept could use props and demonstrations to ensure that the students are able to understand. Both instructors have good levels of enthusiasm, although none of them is perfect in that area.

For example, the physics instructor is too overzealous, and he could benefit from stopping to gauge the attentiveness of the students while the Scaffolding instructor uses too many hand gestures. Overall, both instructors complement one another, and they could benefit from an exchange of skills.

## Concepts Learnt

One concept that can be picked up from the two scholars is that no one teaching method is effective on its own. Consequently, there is a need for instructors to use as many approaches when teaching as possible. For example, while one of the instructors in this video is good at demonstrations, he lacks the ability to layout visuals like the other teacher. Another concept that can be learned from this assignment is the role played by enthusiasm when teaching. While both teachers are not perfect in their teaching methodologies, they both makeup for their shortcomings with their enthusiasm.

## Remarks

The “Teaching Observation Form” does a good job in covering most aspects of good teaching practices. The form addresses how one-sided teaching approaches often fall short in their delivery. However, the form should have addressed the pace of the teacher’s delivery because it can influence the outcome of a lesson. For example, some teachers move too fast while others take too long to explain a point. Eventually, both types of instructors end up losing the concentration of their students.