It has been an interesting process for me to learn how classroom teachers look at and use data, especially from standardized tests to drive instruction, and interventions to help students grow and excel in their learning. Being a specials teacher I do not get much time to sit down and talk with any grade level teams, however whenever I join the fifth grade team I feel like a member of their team and not an outsider. I enjoy the fact that they are a respectful community that listens to me when I share the informal data that I have collected in my tigers times class along with looking at NWEA and Iowa Assessment and other data to help group
This allows the students to be productive with students of a different culture. Students performed math problems with students who may have learned certain things differently than them. This acknowledges the progress of students learning from each other and working as one. The mathematics teacher also provided his students every opportunity to ask questions and tackle any problem that they needed help with. The diversity of the group brings out different approaches to confront any math problem.
Member, National Honors Society, As an active member of National Honors Society one of our main tenets of leadership is building a strong presence in the community as a whole-school or otherwise. This manifested into offering after school tutoring in math and science areas where the school struggles in terms of college readiness. I was initially apprehensive, wondering if people would show up after school to study. But, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people willing to take charge of their own learning and taking the after school tutoring extra help. Because I was actively tutoring students I was able to improve my own knowledge of the course material and continuously learn and improve myself.
My observation of an experienced practitioner along with my EC was an eye opener. Simply because, my EC and I had discussed pre-observation, certain features to be observed and my EP, who was not a CIDTL candidate, had ticked all the boxes in such a simple yet effective manner. Some of her teaching practices stood out and helped me model my unit 2 lesson plan based on that. My EC set the tone of the class environment as safe and participative. She did this with a semi-formal and personal greeting to her students.
For me, it begins by investing my time, knowledge and experience in students. Developing collaborative student relationships fosters a sense of mutual trust and respect. Gaining every student’s trust enhances the learning relationship and is reflective of my commitment to caring and my dedication to student success to achieve their goals. When it comes to classroom instruction, I feel that how I teach is equally as important as what I teach. I integrate current evidence based practice in all course content.
I think that through hearing the ideas of others and seeing student work and progress, I was able to get more into teaching the lessons to my students and becoming the best teacher I could be. I also learned a lot about myself as a student and as a teacher through the assignments of creating and teaching literacy lessons in a classroom. I struggled initially with the phonemic awareness and phonics lessons because I have no memory of even learning these subjects in school. I was able to meet with the kindergarten teacher at the school I work for and see how she integrates literature into her classroom constantly. It was beautiful to watch students go from having no idea what the three letter word on their paper was, to sounding it out on their arm, blending it all together, and then suddenly fully understanding what it said.
I really liked the notes and guidelines that we got because it helped guide me write my essay step by step. Every time I wrote an essay in this class I felt like I was improving. Finally some advice for incoming 8th graders. 8th grade is a very fun year and even though it may seem hard at the beginning, as you get used to it you will learn many things. Time management is very important and make sure to do your homework before playing
They are just for fun some would argue. Agreeing that these classes are fun, they also have a much greater purpose. Every lesson or project that is planned and taught keeps the development and an entire person in consideration. Meaning fine art helps in the social, cognitive, physical, and emotional parts of development. Looking towards more of the physical area, fine arts classes help with fine motor skills.
According to John Bishop, “School and homework show students the important life lessons, such as how to read and communicate with others, that they will use as an adult.” Students can learn how important planning, staying organized and taking action is just from doing homework. Homework gives the students an opportunity to learn how to work independently. Although I understand that assigning homework is not beneficial at times, I still believe that assigning homework can teach students many skills and even help teachers. Assigning homework to students is constructive, therefore teachers should assign homework because it allows students to gain responsibility, time-management, perseverance, self-esteem, homework also gives students a chance to review the class material, and it also helps teachers determine how well the lessons and materials are being understood by their students. Above all, homework allows the students to gain responsibility, time-management, perseverance, and self-esteem.
Working in groups are used as means for learning at all levels in most educational systems, from compulsory education to higher education. There was a strong scientific support for the benefits of having students learning and working in groups (Chiriac, 2015). “More hands make for lighter work.” “Two heads are better than one.” “The more the merrier.” These prominent phrases speak to the potential groups have to be more productive, creative, and motivated than individuals on their own. As for a student, there are countless benefits to be gained in working as a group. Group projects can help students develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the professional world.
My interview with Mrs. Coty was very enlightening. I’ve seen her in action, being her Practicum student, but actually getting to discuss some of these things with her was fascinating. It’s always important to know why someone wants to be a teacher. Mrs. Coty shared a genuine love of learning with me and a mission to help make math easy and enjoyable for all middle schoolers so that they can go on to conquer math in higher grades. A lot of the reasons that I want to be a math teacher line up with what Mrs. Coty said as well.
My favorite video was Tim Bedleys. I really enjoyed his approach to teaching the children. From the beginning he explained to the children the problem at hand, which was the class was not reaching consensus. He did so in a way that enabled the children to comprehend the problem, and established that he wanted the class to resolve the problem. He also maintained the class very well during the group activities by previously assigning roles.
Hi Tiffany, There are so many innovative ways we can use technology to better our experiences as educators. We can use technology to support diversity among many methods in which can be used. I love observing my students exploring with technology with many learning subjects. This experience helps them to become better communicators and problem solvers. Thank you Tiffany I wish you the best of your endeavors.
The reading responses from class, and what we have learned about in the UETS, have been brought to life by this field experience at CAPES, and at Odyssey Elementary. To be able to analyze, and see in person, the methods we have been learning in class, gives me some new insights into what makes a teacher more effective. I observed the connections that teachers have with their students, and the dedication they provide to build strong learning environments, where students are learning and having fun. My experience with CAPES was sort of a rollercoaster, but I enjoyed almost every minute of it. This was a new experience for me, and I didn’t know what to expect.