One Day Observation

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On October 8, 2015 I went to a prominent Primary School to conduct my one day observation while during the week beginning October 26, 2015 I went to a prominent High School for my one week practicum experience. The buildings at the Primary School were arranged in a quadrangular form and had two storeys blocks. Also, the school grounds and classroom that I went to observed were very clean. However, at the High School where I went for the one week experience all the buildings were ground floor and the surroundings was not as clean as the Primary School.
This essay seeks to compare lesson clarity and students engagement in both experiences. During my role as an observer on the one day observation it was evident where the lesson taught was clear
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However, students were engaged in my lesson but it was more frequent at the Primary School than when I was teaching. It was seen where students participated and showed great emphasis in learning. Students asked questions, participated in pair reading and completed assignments on time. According to Piaget (1980), he stated that learning should be an active process where students discover and construct their own knowledge and the teacher guides them. This is where students participate in any given activity and not sitting down listening to the teacher explaining or giving the answers. Similarly, majority of the students were well equipped with their resources for the lesson. This helped in the smooth running of the lesson furthermore it encourages students to participate more in class. According to Lev Vygotsky (1978), social interaction plays an important role in the development of cognitive skills. This was the point where I circulated around the classroom and acted as a scaffold for struggling students. In my role as an observer there was no need for teacher to remind students of class rules. On the other hand, during my role as the teacher four students talked and played excessively while I was teaching. At times I had to remind them to be quiet and stick to the assigned

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