Field Observation In The Classroom

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Introduction As I attended my last field observation, distraught that I would have to wait five months until my next school visit but eager to close the school year, my exhausted brain perked up at something that Mrs. Pollard, the elementary general music teacher at Hartwood Elementary School, said: “The best teaching results from when your mind shifts from what you are doing to what they are doing.” In this case, “they” was referring to the students in the classroom, and this statement made me reflect on my assignments and experiences so far in the music education program at Duquesne University. I realized that the best teachers that I have seen so far are constantly attentive to their students; they are constantly giving of their time and energy, and take little to no time to think of themselves because their mannerisms and abilities have been put on “auto-pilot.” What Mrs. Pollard says sums up the ideal attitude for any teacher, and I will use what she said each time I teach and each time I observe other teachers. I observed three different teachers during my second semester of my freshman year at Duquesne: Mr. Jeff Leonhardt at Streams Elementary School in Upper St. Clair school district, Mrs. Amy Davidson at Jefferson …show more content…

The workshop was entitled “Eurhythmics: Getting Your Groove On!,” and this was definitely not an understatement. Stephen Neely had us with our socks and shoes off and on our feet almost immediately, and we were moving from 9 A.M.-1 P.M. with little to no stops in-between. It felt like a workout to me, one that was invigorating and intrinsically musical. Neely did his workshop in an activity/explanation format; we, the adults at the workshop, partook in eurhythmics activities that we could use in our future classrooms, and Stephen Neely explained what we had just experienced and the musical benefits of each

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