On Wednesday, September 30th I observed Mrs. Bangham’s three to six year old classroom. The observation was from 8:00 to 10:00, at Greensboro Montessori School. Since they combine different ages I focused more on the five and six year olds that would be in a normal Kindergarten class. I learned so much about Montessori schools and how they work in the two hours I observed.
I conducted my observations at Lockport Middle School. Lockport Middle School is currently ranked an A school from the Louisiana Department of Education. Science lessons were observed in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade over the course of a two week period.
The teacher reacts with the children to keep them interested and moving. Some of the time the children just likes to sit in the teacher 's lap and not get involved with the other children. One day, Mrs. Lauren sat on the rug during sensory play and two of the children wanted to sit in her lap while the other children wanted to play. Sometimes the children seem to get out of control. Mrs. Lauren always makes sure that she handles the children with love and care.
The lead teacher went on break and a substitute teacher entered the classroom. The assistant teacher shouted at the children to sit down at the table and to be quiet while they waited for lunch to arrive. The children ran around the classroom, talking loudly with their friends. Some settled down in their spots for lunch, but continued misbehaving at the table. The substitute teacher and assistant both requested repeatedly for the children to lower their voices.
4a – After the delivering lessons, Miss Hannan assessed the instructional session and provided suggestions to improve upcoming lessons. 4b – Miss Hannan collaborated with the cooperating teacher for an efficient and effective process of recording and maintaining accurate assessment for each student. 4c – Miss Hannan described that parents and teachers are “ultimate teammates” in a student’s education. She kept parents informed by a weekly newsletter that was written by students. Understanding that parents need to be made aware of their child’s progress, Miss Hannan communicated positive and areas of challenges by sending notes and emails to parents.
Above are pictures of Mrs. Pollard’s classroom at Hartwood Elementary School. The atmosphere of the room is extremely bright and learning-oriented. The lighting is bright and there are posters around the room that are colorful. The picture on the left shows the set-up of the entire room and the picture on the right shows the front of the room from the perspective of the students. If anything is difficult to see in the pictures, Mrs. Pollard has Orff instruments set up on the side, a piano in the front, and two desks in the back; which leaves a space in the middle of the room for students.
Hughes had little to no behavioral issues while I was in her classroom. I asked her how she created such an effective classroom management strategy. She informed me that she established certain rules and expectations in the beginning of the semester. She never went into detail about her class rules, besides no cellphones and no food or drink unless it was water. I noticed very quickly the established roles in the classroom.
As the teacher we see the day to day of the class and we are there to advocate to ensure that our organization meets the children’s needs. I evaluate what changes are needed within the environment. I also analyze academic goals; in accordance with lesson plans to assure the goals and lesson plans are progressing. My greatest contribution thus far has been behavior progress monitoring; being able to share this process organization wide and implement new accommodations and replacement behaviors
It was 1:00 pm when I arrived at Wanamaker Elementary School. Patiently I waited outside the door. When I was finally let inside the classroom, I was welcomed by a mixture of bright smiles and blank stares. Mrs. Stark then introduced me to the class of twenty third graders. After she introduced me to the whole class, I quietly made my way to the back of the class. Within my observation of the classroom; I was able to see how the teacher interacted with the students, how gender role played a role within the students, and lastly see the how the students interacted.
She used this strategy to keep them from playing too rough with their other classmates. She had a genuine bond with every child she taught and every classroom she taught in. She once said, “The surest test of discipline is its absence.” (Clara
The class had two children who had to be pulled for deeper help from the resource teacher. There was also a mix of race within the class. The school was amazing at keeping up with the data from each student that attended Westside. Each classroom had the appropriate and up to date standards posted on the wall. The teachers called the standards “I can statements.”
She didn’t know what to do. “And I suddenly had such a vivid flashback that I completely lost my train of thought.” She talked about a childhood experience with her brother Matt. I think she was trying to get the student into learning, but that got the student feel boring instead. The entire lesson, she couldn’t build connections with her students.
Unfortunately, for Sally Vasquez, this was not the kind of environment in which she worked. Instead of serving as a trusted mediator and assisting Sally with her concerns, Mrs. Pelfrey further exacerbated them. She clearly took sides with the other teachers, leaving Sally to fear for her
I mainly learned and observed and took notes, instead. I found it somewhat difficult because I noticed that the OT did not cater to each child’s abilities. I had worked with the children for 8 hours a day as their previous teacher, instead of working with them for only 1 – 2 hours a day, as the OT did. Therefore, I knew the children’s weaknesses and strengths and what they should have been working harder or less
Sometimes, when a kid is misbehaving or upset, and I am clueless, I find myself feeling helpless, and relying on Miss. Giannotti to resolve the situation. I understand that it is a part of her role to demonstrate to me how to take care of a situation and it is her duty as a teacher to fix things as quickly and efficiently as possible, but I wish I could do more to help at those times. A part of this is not knowing how best to get the kids to follow my instructions and directions. However, to make things easier on me, I’d like to think that the students in my class have taking a liking to me and listen to me very well. Fourth, I can’t stand the times where I find myself sitting stationary.