At week 12 in MMSEL course, we learned about instructional variables. In this reflection I will emphasize on introductory focus. Introductory focus is about how teacher can engage students at the beginning of the lesson. For me, it is one of the hardest challenge in teaching.
How teacher start the lesson will influence how students will involve in the teaching and learning process. As teacher we need to be creative in starting a lesson. I learned that there are many ways to start a lesson. Teacher can start the lesson by giving questions or cases that relate to the topic. However, there are so many things that we can use to open our lesson. Teacher need to think what activities that can attract students into the lesson.
In the week 12, we did a role play again. We are divided into some groups and every group have to prepare to present a motivation session. It was quite challenging for me, because actually I did not have any ideas how to do it. Fortunately, from the discussion we got idea how to present a motivation session. Ipin, one of my group member had a role as a motivator. I had a role as the moderator of that session. I tried to start the session by a kind of greeting that familiar to my classmate. It was “oooiii, penontoooon.” Then, the audience answered it spontaneously by said, “oooooiii.” I think that I was success to attract them to that motivation session.
From the role play, I learned that to start a lesson we need to know our audience. For a teacher, it means that she/he need to know her/his students well. After that, we can adjust what kind of opening that we can use to attract our students. Sometimes, may be teacher need to think “out of the box” how to start his/her lesson, because the introduction will influence how the whole lesson will work.