Virtual Classroom Observation Paper

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7. Constructive Teaching in Action: A High School Classroom Debate The teacher during this virtual classroom observation, Sarabinh Levy-Brightman, used two different learning strategies in her classroom. First, she used whole-class and small group discussions. To do this, she would provide the whole-class with a question and then she would allow time for students to work on this question in smaller groups. Provide both whole-class and small groups in the classroom provide their own benefits. For instance, whole-class discussions are beneficial when introducing a new topic, or in this case, a question, whereas small groups, even student-led which was the case in this video, are then a more effective way for learning to occur (“Whole-Class …show more content…
The jigsaw model “is a research-based cooperative learning technique” (“The Jigsaw Classroom,” 2016). During this specific lesson, Ms. Miller divided her students into two different learning groups. The first group, known as the expert group, was the first group that the students work in so that they could discuss the questions that the teacher had provided them beforehand. Students also discussed ways that they could assess their second group to ensure that they understand the material. While the students were working in their expert groups, Ms. Miller disclosed that she will walk around the room and provide additional information to the groups when she felt it is necessary to further the students’ learning. After the students have discussed the questions in their expert group, the students then branch off and gather in their second group called their home group. In their home group, the students will discuss what they have learned while they were in their expert …show more content…
“With all the technology available at our fingertips and our move towards becoming a completely connected global community, incorporating into the classroom only makes sense” (“Teaching with Tech,” 2003). Mr. Bateman provided his students with a computer program that allowed them to “play” with the DNA of different dinosaurs so that the students could see how the changes affected the outcome of the dinosaurs. This provided the students with hands-on learning along with allowing them to virtually see what they were doing by making these changes. By using technology in the classroom for this lesson, it provided room for the students to use trial-and-error. From this video and by watching Mr. Bateman, I will definitely use technology in my classroom. Not only can technology provide a self-correcting learning tool that can be used in almost every grade level, there are also a plethora of technology programs that can be used. When technology is used in the classroom, it enhances the students’ learning (“Teaching with Tech,” 2003). Technology is also a hands-on learning experience, which I am a big fan

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