Classroom Observation

1127 Words Jul 13th, 2013 5 Pages
Classroom Observation

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. Upon speaking to the principal about observing he assigned me to Mrs. Johnson’s third grade class, because she was the best organized. I was surprised when I walked into the class and it was not pristine and in perfect order. Shelves are organized with baskets but the baskets are overflowing with books. I was glad to see
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The group table is used only for reading. She had a drawer on her desk for substitutes. Posters with things like the scientific method, main idea, clocks, schedules, alphabet with words that start with each letter, and the current spelling words were all on the walls. The teacher would have the students “take pictures” of things on the board to remember for test. For oral discussions students would clap when other students got the correct answer. For reading there were three groups going at a time. The group at the table with the teacher, a group listening and following along, and a group reading to each other while timing the reading to improve speed. When the other class of students came in she continued the work because her class and the other class follow the same lessons. The students from the other class were very respectful toward her and her to them.
What classroom management theory do you use? Mrs. Johnson says that she uses positive discipline describing the behaviors she wants to manage her classroom. When I asked her to expand on this she said that basically she lest the students know what she expects and they feel trusted to reach those expectations. They know what consequences will be and decide for themselves if they want to suffer those consequences or not. She has the words free time taped to each student desk and when they break the rules they mark off a…