Archive | April, 2013

Observation of Del

17 Apr

Date: 17th of April                                          Term:     1                                             Classroom:       I                     Observer:  Alicia Kyle

What learning is going to happen during the visit: – Discussed prior to visit:

Del will be taking a Oral Language lesson within my classroom (using the children) to demonstrate a good lesson and how to engage the learners in a positive and responsive way.



Description of practice



Future Steps









Del talked to the children about what talking is and what it involves.

She discussed how talking and listening go together. It is like ice cream and the cone if they do not go together they are not together there is a mess and it doesn’t work.

She asks the children: what are you good at?

Listening or talking?

Get them to show with their hands on the scale what end they are sitting at.

It is important to have both to be good at talking. This means they need to balance out. Del used the example of a see-saw to show a balance between the two.

W.A.L.T. … Listen.

(put on whiteboard so all children can see)

As a class they came up with what listening needs to involve:

  • look at the speaker
  • Keep still and focus. (these are what it looks like)
  • Thinking inside your head (which is actually the processing and doing involved)


It’s like going to the letterbox you can’t just sit on the couch you have to actually get up and go to the door, walk down the driveway, open the letter box, grab the letters and walk back down. 

There is thinking involved and it follows a sequence.


Del then went over some speech exercises to warm the children up.

They were told that they needed to speak clearly. To do this they need to open their mouths wide.

Del made it a game and told them to open/ close/ open and close etc.

They then had to poke out their tongues. They then had to try and touch their tongue to their nose. Lifting it up and down, up and down etc.

These exercises are make their speaking clearer and much better.

If they don’t use their mouths or tongues they get weak and not strong. 





Game: role plays, fast, Park Bench/ bus stop.

The children have to guess who someone is acting as (someone they know about). The person at the bus stop has to guess who it is. Once they guess, the person moves on and the next person comes along acting as someone new to be guessed.


We then used the Feedback and Feed forward model.

Children have to say something that they did well and then a suggestion to work on or improve at.


Del then rubbed out the W.A.L.T… and got the children to say what good listening is.

Revised the main theme of the lesson to listen and know what good listening looks like and means/ involves.

























I like the idea of making images or symbolic pictures the children can relate to. Easy to understand ice cream and cone together work and then a see saw showing a balancing act.








W.A.L.T… clear for all children to see.












Another everyday task related and sharing an idea of doing and the processes involved to make something actually happen.










I liked these exercises as the children thought they were having fun but really they were focused on preparing themselves for more talking and to speak clearly.




















Fun game- seems like they are just playing around not actually learning to listen to one another and learn new oral language skills.














Revisited main ideas getting the children to share their knowledge as a group and what they learnt from Del.







































































































































They are in my blue resource book.
























I liked the example of using images or symbols that related to children I need to try this more in my own teaching.




































I liked the example of using images or symbols that related to children I need to try this more in my own teaching.


















Use these in my own class to prepare children for talking and Oral Language lessons so they are warmed up and making sure they are using their mouths and tongues so as a result they can speak clearly.































Play the game with my class to demonstrate a range of learning outcomes for Oral Language.






They need to be photocopied and lamented.

Need to actually use the feed forward chart with my class so children are recognising good areas of their Oral Language and what they need to improve on for next time.