The arrangement of the room is very traditional, with rows of desks facing the smart board. However, children are given freedom in their seating, breaking away from the traditional chair with moving stools, or cushions on their chairs to give them more freedom and help them stay focused more easily, depending on the student. The children do a lot of learning from the smart board, through videos and online lesson plans, while also learning how to use technology with daily computer lab time. Each student has access to a Chromebook for this period of the class. The classroom itself is decorated with posters of class roles, bible verses, grammar rules, and math facts.
In her handbook, Montessori explains that a teacher “should never be the obstacle between the child and his experience.” This shows that she wants children to live their lives freely and without hindrance to their successes. Montessori believes that children should solve problems for themselves, not have a teacher intrude upon their thought process. She wants children to be able to rely on their teacher to help them when necessary and allow them to learn and think for themselves, which would let them to expand their understanding of the world and lead a successful life in the future. Also, Montessori explains that “we try to force them to follow us without regard to their special needs.”
Previously I thought a teacher only needed to know if the child was developing correctly and all student where treated equally. Although there are still some of this in play I have now taken a different approach. One of the interesting issue I learnt from this week was Development Appropriate Practice. Using knowledge about a child development, abilities, development of key milestones to create a plan that is suitable for the age and stage of their development. Understanding what is culturally and socially acceptable as well as individual appropriateness are just as important.
1.a. Identify one instructional strategy or student activity from the outline of plans that could be challenging for the student, considering the description of the student’s learning disability. One student activity that will be challenging for Julie is to listen to the excerpts, participate in class, and then create a chart listing defining characteristics of life during the pre-Revolutionary War times. Since Julie has diagnosed with ADHD, she cannot concentrate on the listening of the excerpt. Also, she has difficulty to fit in the groups and get along with other students.
I learn that it is most important to focus on children when in the classroom. I relax in my work by clean up in this class. Always be available to support children and maintain an overview of what is happening throughout the program. I’m aware that I can’t leave children unsupervised and can be somewhere that have one of the teacher staff can supervise me and the group. I show initiative to assist the teacher and children during activities or transitions.
The Latin root of the word ‘Reflection’ refers to the ‘moving back’ or getting or bending back” to something. This bending back is of significant importance in any profession, any task and any practice as suggested by Horwood (1989). Put in very simple words, every time we do something and later stop to think or ponder over what we did, how we did and why we did, consequently also thinking on what were the effects of such doing and if or how it could have been done better, then we are actually engaging ourselves in the process of reflection. Making this a part of our profession so as to bring constant improvement in the quality of our own performance is what we can say is bringing reflection to our practice; hence the term ‘Reflective Practice’ is used.
The classroom that I will be observing is a Preschool classroom at KinderCare Learning Center in Bartlett, Illinois. The teacher I will be observing over the next period of time is Laura Sturgulewski. She has worked at KinderCare for 8 years, mostly in the 2 year-old room until fall of 2013, when she took the lead teaching position of the Preschool classroom. Her classroom mainly has 3 year-olds, but on occasion has a mix of 4 year-olds and transitioning 2 year-olds. The number of students in her class depends on the day, because they are a child care center some students have a part time schedule, unlike an elementary school where children attend every day.
IX. Professional Reflection – added after lesson is taught Your reflection should include, but not be limited to, thoughtful answers to each of the following: 1.Were the instructional objectives met? How do I know the students learned what was intended? The instructional objectives of my reading lesson plan were met.
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.
Theories that as future educator will need to be understood and explored. Some if not all these theory’s will be used in the classroom. Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner, and Bloom all set out to establish a foundation for education, whether through building skills such as pre-reading, language, vocabulary, and numeracy. It becomes the educators job to implement theories into the classroom for children's cognitive development. The theorist discussed in this paper, have had made a profound effect on
Brief History Jean Piaget was a Twentieth century Swiss psychologist and was the first psychologist to systematically study the cognitive development of children. Thomas (2005) wrote that early in Piaget’s career he worked with children and his observations and interactions with the students led him to the theory that a young person's cognitive processes are inherently different from those of adults (pp. 188-9). According to Ahmad, et al. (2005) , Piaget showed that when compared to adults, young children think in differently and he then came to the conclusion that cognitive development was an ongoing process which occurred due to maturation and interaction with the environment (p. 72).
She stated for one, “for her the number one rule classroom rule is to respect each other. She stated that she would incorporate scenarios play of what would you do, to teach this lesson her students actively grasp the concept of how we should treat others, along with diverse stories and songs etc. Indeed, it was very true as I gleam around their classroom they had a diverse assortment of reading books, toys, and materials. As a result, of having an integrated curriculum such as Abeka, Montessori to identify a few. Their classroom well strategized including the furnishing arrangement in the classroom & centers, along displayed student’s art work on the wall.
Piaget used a clinical method, in order to seek his theory of cognitive development. This allowed Piaget to understand how children and adolescents learn. On the other hand, Vygotsky used tangible items like stories, paper, and writing utensils to determine how the society would move forward. An educational difference from Vygotsky is that parents, teachers, and other adults has having an impact on how children learn and grow. However, Piaget found that