The purpose of this activity is to give you practice talking with a teacher about the instructional cycle. It will familiarize you with the five phases of the instructional cycle and may also help you get more comfortable talking with teachers about instruction.
- Identify a teacher who is willing to talk with you about the instructional cycle. If you are already employed as a paraprofessional, you can talk with the teacher who supervises your work. If you are not currently employed as a paraprofessional, you can talk with a friend, relative, or neighbor who is a teacher; or you can contact a local school to find a teacher who will volunteer to talk with you.
- Develop a list of questions relating to each step in the instructional cycle. For example, you might ask, “what activities do you perform when you plan a lesson?” Be sure that you have a question that helps you gather information about what the teacher does at each stage in the instructional cycle.
- As soon after the interview as possible write down what you remember hearing in response to each of your questions.
- Reflect on what you learned. If you are completing this activity with a group of others who are working to improve their skills as paraprofessionals, discuss what you learned with them.
- INSTRUCTOR’S NOTE: If you are using this activity with a group of students in a paraprofessional training program or workshop, you might want to organize small-group discussions in which the students talk about what they learned from their conversations with the teachers they interviewed.