(1) What topics did you present? How did you go about making in "stick" with your audience?
Our group presented a mini lesson on the basic forms of punctuation. It included periods, commas, exclamation point and question marks. To make the topic more interesting, we compared punctuation to traffic lights; red lights for periods, amber for commas, and green for exclamation points. We drew these on a piece of paper that we used during our lesson. We used potholes to represent question marks (the idea being that when you see a pothole, you wonder why it's there and drive around it). For this visual we drew a car on the road, driving around the pothole in the shape of a question mark.
(2) How do you feel your mini lesson went? Strengths? Weaknesses?
I thought it went well, generally. The pothole/question mark visual was especially well received, and those who spoke did a great job speaking in a way that engaged the kids. One weakness was that not all members of the group spoke during the presentation. Although they did do their part preparing for the lesson, it would have been interesting to see how it would have gone had everyone spoken aside from introducing themselves.
(3) What did you learn about the process of teaching and learning?
I think I was reminded that to teach kids well, it's very important to present the material in an interesting or unique way to make sure that they retain the information. Apart from that, I'm not sure I learned anything new about teaching; there wasn't really any feedback from the kids on how they enjoyed the lesson, or how much they understood.
(4) What should we do next?
It might be a good idea, after we've correctly guessed their book title, to play a game with them that we create on Twitter.