My observations took place at a public elementary school, called Middleburg Elementary School, in Middleburg, PA. At the school, I observed a first-grade class for a total of five hours spread across two typical school days. The teacher who I observed was named Lauren Cuatt. This first-grade class that I observed was composed of eighteen students and one teacher. According to William Ayers, “the learning environment is a complex, living reflection of a teacher’s values.” Therefore Mrs. Cuatt’s values could be seen in the classroom environment that she created for her students. The room was arranged in a way that made it easy for the teacher and students to walk around the room without tripping or having to squeeze through small spaces. There is one door which is located at the front of the classroom. Desks had nametags taped to the top of them and were organized in groups of five on the right side of the room. The teachers desk and filing cabinet were in the back of the room in the right corner. There were two extra tables that were used for small group work. A set of plastic drawers were placed beside each desk so that the students could store their school supplies that stays at school. These tables were located in the front left corner of the room and the back center of the room. Another feature of the room was the reading area in the back of the room. This reading area was on the left side of the room and was made up of a colorful rug, three small bookshelves, and a
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A general population third grade class was observed to further understand the psychological aspect of teaching. The Title I school classroom observed has sixteen students, eight girls and eight boys, and is almost entirely made up of students from a low socioeconomic status (SES). The desks are arranged with one big horseshoe and two rows of desks inside the horseshoe shape. The teacher has made adjustments to seating assignments and layout due to student behavior and feedback. The class is made up with students eight to nine years old with two students repeating the third grade. Snowman and McCown (2012) highlight that students in this class would be in Erikson’s fourth stage of psychosocial development, industry
Only a glimpse into her day but from what I saw, it was all positive. The students are learning how to work well together without adult supervision. They are learning responsibilities and taking care of themselves. They are learning that what they learn in class is important and will be put to use in their own personal life. In having the students participate in the store, it is keeping the students’ interested in learning math daily.
The entire building was split into two classrooms. Based on my observation I assumed that they were split into age groups. Overall, the room and the outside area where my observations took place were nicely organized and family-friendly. The classroom was divided into two sections with different floor types; a wooden floor and a carpet floor. The wooden floor side of the room had multiple designated areas. The biggest area was an eating area which is where the children could have lunch on chairs and tables adjusted to their size. Another area was where the children could wash their hands, this part of the room consist of paper towels, soaps, mirrors, and a sink. To the left of the sink there was a first aid kit with a fire extinguisher. To the right of the sink there was the restroom door, the restroom consisted of multiple toilets next to each other. The restroom also connected to the other classroom. The wooden floor side also had backpack/jacket hangers for the kids along with
On September 30th, 2016, I observed a class at Ramirez Charter School in Lubbock, Texas. I had the opportunity to observe a third grade class led by Mrs. Yu Kim Johnson. She was assisted by a student teacher from Texas Tech, Abby Crutcher. The main focus of this observation was to observe all areas of the school and analyze how each contributes to or distracts from a positive, productive learning environment. Throughout this experience, I was able to get an idea of what could make a classroom negative or positive.
At the end of the lesson Students are going to be able to describe where they live using the verb "vivir" and "tener" in Spanish. During unit two, they been using the these verbs and in the beginning of the lesson they answer the "Do NOw" activity where I asked then: ?Donde tu vives? They answer the question in Spanish and used the verb in the correct tense. After that, they answer a listening question where they had to identify the part of the house using the vocabulary proposed at the beginning of the lesson. Finally, they started a project where they had to create a Floor plan and describe their ideal house. For this activity, they have to use the verb "tener" in present tense. The completion of these activities ensures the acquisition of the new vocabulary and the verbs tense. It is important to mention, that this lesson will continue next week because students need more time to complete their DOL activity.
Every time I go to a salon I am very open about my life with my beautician. It made me wonder; Am I the only one who does this? I set out to observe this behavior by scheduling a pedicure. What better way to complete a homework assignment and to be able to observe without looking conspicuous? The salon I went to had ten pedicure chairs. As I walked in, I noticed that I was only the third customer there for a pedicure, so it looked as if I would not be able to observe what I came to see. An employee of the salon asked me to pick out my nail color, have a seat in chair number 7, and then proceeded to ask me what type of pedicure I wanted. After I chose my color and type of pedicure they then asked me if I wanted anything to drink. They offered me water, soda or wine! I thought about the
Conducting classroom observations are very important to the prospective teacher. Observing helps show how experienced teachers manage their classroom. For this observation it was important to notice how the classroom was arranged, how the teacher interacted with the students, the teacher’s management style, and interview the teacher.
It is really amazing how excited students get with the possiblity of using the computer in the classroom to assist them with their lesson. The teacher added that she uses it as a reward system, stating how affective it is in maintaining order and control in the classroom. Students knew how to navigate, go to various websites that were related to the lesson and create a folder in which to put their assignments in.
Classroom observation is a main approach of teaching research. Scholars or researchers use video to record the real whole class and observe the teachers and students’ actions, words and the efficiency in the class. Though the observation, they analyze what approach is more suitable. This paper will select video 5 and video 3 as the material to do the classroom observation. Different aspects such as teachers’ responds, questions, instructions notes and students’ behavior will be addressed to analyze the efficacy of this class.
The following data was gathered while fulfilling duties as a principal intern at Theresa Bunker Elementary School. The data was observed during five to seven minutes of classroom observation as part of a walk-through in the spring of the current school year. My cooperating supervisor for my internship was able to go on these walk-throughs with me in order to have a productive reflection meeting afterwards. This elementary school has two of each grade level from Kindergarten to sixth grade. Since it was more feasible in this small school setting, I actually was able to do a walkthrough in eight classes. Here I will report my observations from five of those walk-throughs. As I went in to each room I was looking for four