During this course, what I enjoyed most was that this class was not like the other classes. I really liked the non-traditional, sort of casual, setting of the class and the development of the classes themselves. There was a lot of learning done through hands-on experience, and I think the class taught us how to put ourselves in the shoes of the student, to experience activities on ourselves and then as well developing this greater overview as a teacher. I really liked the fact that we were able to see how us thinking as students connected to the objectives and goals of a teacher.
I wish that we had delved more into the readings, and read a bit more material to help us better grasp the theoretical knowledge part of the course. Reading those excerpts got me thinking about how I understand things and what I am more receptive to and what kind of teaching methods I would like to employ more.
In this class, I learnt to think creatively about how I could teach people things. I was surprised at how much one could learn without really noticing it through making things. I think that I have been very enriched in this class and unlike a traditional class, I don’t feel like I’ve learnt material in books or by listening to lectures, however, I am completely certain that I took a lot of skills in the way I understand things, I oberserve things, the way I think as well as act (in teaching). I believe that taking this class has made me more open to options and thinking more untraditionally which I really like. I’ve always been shy and I don’t often put myself out there, but I really felt that it was okay for me to stand in front of my peers, to lead a class, to try my best at projecting my voice, and I hope that I can continue on developing those skills and become more comfortable with everything.
If we had more time and classes, I think it would have been awesome if we could have more practice with teaching others, coming up with our own lesson plans and going out to and teach them. It would have also been great to have practice with teaching in Chinese, as well as experiencing with a range of people. I think I would love to see the results if someday we had gotten to interact with old people. But definitely, more hands on experience would be more than good for the development of the class in the future.