This movie, The Classroom, which was very interesting to watch, discusses all that goes on in the school system, the good and the bad. But it also shows how things at home can affect the way the student acts during the school day. This movie definitely makes you look at students that act out differently, instead of punishing them maybe we should all look deeper into the issue and find a way for the student to thrive and use school as an outlet.
My time spent in the Clinical setting, so far, has been extremely inciteful as to how to become a better educator in a classroom setting. Through the data I collected I was able to connect Borich’s Seven Variables of learning to the students. By being in the clinical setting for nearly two months, I have been exposed to new ways of thinking when it comes to structuring a classroom and instructing a classroom. Within this reflection you will find out how I would better plan an effective lesson for the pupils in my future classroom. You will also discover what I will do about certain issues in the classroom and how I will address/fix them.
Today, December 9, 2017, the date of my first ever final exam in a, full semester, college class. This marks a very exciting but stressful time for me.
As a teacher, our responsibility is to plan effective lessons for our students to learn from. Although, the hardest part of being a teacher is grasping the student’s motivation to learn. Therefore, the educational philosophers Borich and Wong have different approaches to make us effective teachers motivate our students to learn new and exciting teachings. These different methods may include a wide range of how teachers run their classrooms, or what specific standards are being targeted, and maybe even how effective their planning techniques are. Not to mention, students may also expect positive expectations from the teacher and ways to help them succeed. On the other note, inviting students to learn may be easier than thought, in which may result in positive student behavior. Thus, my opinion of what Borich and Wong have to say about student learning is very beneficial to me so, that one day I may use their techniques in my very own classroom.
After observing in Jihan’s classroom for the Teach phase of this project, my group members and I met to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the classroom and identify areas that needed support for our selected students. From the articles we have read in class, we know that in order to learn a language a child requires the opportunity to be exposed to the language and hear it used and the opportunity to practice using it. With this in mind, we used the Communication Supporting Classrooms Observation Tool designed by Dockrell and her colleagues to examine the language learning environment, the language learning opportunities, and language learning interactions supported by the classroom and teachers. Overall, we found that Jihan’s
This semester I will be tutoring Aidan. Aidan is eight years old and is currently in the third grade at Rayburn Elementary. I chose to tutor Aidan for many reasons. The first is my interest in working with ESL students. Aidan was born in Mexico, and learned Spanish before he learned English. Aidan told me that although he spoke Spanish when he was younger, he no longer speaks Spanish. Although Aidan now only speaks English, this background will still most likely have an influence on how he reads. I have tutored ESL students before, and am curious to see how many ESL characteristics Aidan will display while reading. I was also drawn to Aidan because of his attitude. I have been observing in Aidan’s class for several weeks now as part of my Field Based training, and so I have been able to watch him interact with others in a classroom setting. Aidan seems to be bright and inquisitive, however he sometimes has a hard time understanding what he is supposed to do on math problems-especially when they are word problems. However, even when he is struggling, he seems willing to try, and that willing attitude is what made me want to tutor him.
During this out-of-the-classroom activity, I chose to attend 1 Million Cups. This is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. 1MC is developed by the Kauffman Foundation with different foundations located across the country in order to inform and inspire current or future entrepreneurs. The two speakers that presented during the session on Wednesday September 27 were Jenn with Next Gen Summit, and Simeon Talley with Rad Incubator.
This semester I observed Mrs. Sizemore at Walter Williams High School. She teaches two math 3 inclusion classes and one math 3 honors class. I learned a lot from watching Mrs. Sizemore teach, assisting the students with math worksheets, explaining problems on the board to the class, and talking with Mrs. Sizemore during breaks. The following three class articles, “Tracking from Theory to Practice,” “Trust in Schools,” and “The School and the Community” are all applicable to the experiences I had.
A student’s academic and social -emotional skills rely greatly upon their learning environment at home and school. Many students have access to the necessary support they acquire although some students do not. For the students who do not have the appropriate support at home, they depend on school personnel for their guidance. It is crucial that all school personnel to give students the opportunity to build positive relationships, while providing a supportive environment which will assist students with becoming academically and socially emotionally successful.
Every classroom is unique because of the students that can be found in each class are different. As a specials teacher that means that each class we have has a different dynamic which can call for us as teachers to differentiate to meet the needs of each student. This means that one lesson about kicking can look very different from class to class. I would like to first describe to you my school dynamic and how my classes look.
In some aspects, the twenty minutes I spent microteaching felt like some of the most awkward twenty minutes of my life. In some of former other classes such as MAT223 (Intro to Secondary Mathematics Education) we had done assignments similar to this microteaching activity. I remember our group had the responsibility of teaching another form of proving Pythagorean Theorem. That was a beneficial activity because it gave us teachers in training the opportunity to get in front of the class and solidify a mathematical idea in front of "students". Unlike the MAT223 activity, the microteach activity is a more accurate and beneficial setting; at least that is how I felt while in front of the class.
Over the next several pages I will discuss many aspects of education. This will include the role that I am employed, the demographics of the area I work in and specific responsibilities I have as a paraprofessional. I will explore the classroom setting I am in, including the relationship to my students, supervisors, and other disciplines within the educational system.
Today at my placement, I noticed a different kind of interaction my teacher was having with his students. Instead of focusing on academics or connecting with the student, the teacher was trying to monitor the language, attitudes, and dialogue that happened in the classroom space. The interaction happened before the first period started. There was a student at the teacher's desk getting help with an essay and two other students talking a few feet away. One of the students who was talking made a comment that one of his female African American teachers was horrible because she did not know how to teach or speak. Though the student did not directly say the teacher did not know to teach or speak, the emphasis he placed on the teachers race and the explanation, “she does not speak well but I guess she cannot help that”, made it clear that he meant that the problem was because she was female and African American. My cooperating teacher upon hearing the comment stopped helping the student he was with and turned to the student calling him out saying that the student was being, “Racist, sexist, and a jerk”. They had a brief discussion about how what the student said was inappropriate and that he should try talking to this teacher if he needs help. Overall, the incident was not that intense with the student simply walking away afterward and it ended quickly, but it made me realize this was the first time I had seen a teacher address a student who was looking down on a specific group of
I have never truly analyzed my surrounding as much as I did today. I noticed that my surrounding has an impact on my mood and performance. The colors of our walls, the colors and patterns of our furniture, the smell in the air, the lack of or the buildup of dust, all affects us; the issue is that this impact usually is not felt for an extended period of time post-exposure.For example, rooms with bright light can improve depression and anxiety. Certain colors can affect your mood in a positive way. Like colors like Yellow is thought of as joyful, outgoing, and friendly. As I analyzed my Philosophy class, I noticed that my surrounding affect my mood and performance.
On September 25, 2017, I attended the Dallas Center- Grimes school board meeting at Heritage Elementary. When I arrived, a typed-out agenda was provided to each person in attendance. The meeting began promptly at seven o’clock p.m.