My Reflection Of My Experience At A Grade One Classroom

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For my service-learning practicum, I have been placed in a Catholic Public school named St. Charles in Thorold, Ontario. Since I am in the primary/junior program of Concurrent Education, I have been placed in a grade one classroom which I am very pleased with. One thing I have noticed about the grade one classroom is how organized it is. The first thing you notice when walking into the classroom is how the teacher uses the walls to enhance classroom lessons. Alphabets, numbers, seasons, countries, and spelling cover the walls throughout the classroom. These decorations not only make the classroom more appealing to the eye, but it is also gives students an opportunity to absorb information in a different way. One other aspect of the classroom-setting …show more content…
It is also evident how the teacher strategically placed the students in certain spots with certain classmates who work the best together. For example, she has the students with exceptionalities at the same table in order for the EA to assist them, but she also includes students who are very independent to sit at the same table in order for the children with exceptionalities to feel included. This is beneficial because the students who are more independent will not need assistance from the EA, and will therefore not bother her. This is an asset for everyone as the EA will be able to focus on the students with exceptionalities, the children with exceptionalities will have the attention they need, and the students who like to be independent will have their freedom. The organization of the classroom is beneficial for the student’s, the teacher, the EA, and for myself. The setting of the classroom is very welcoming and it made me realize how important the ambience of a classroom is for everyone within …show more content…
The third module focused on the importance of reflecting on your practice whereas the fourth module focused on applying theory to different situations. When reflecting on your practice, it is not only about your experiences, but of others experiences as well (Guthrie & McCracken, 2014). Other service-learners input in reflecting on experiences will aid in my overall educational experience of the course (Guthrie & McCracken, 2014). The combination of our in-class/in-community opportunities, and our varied student input in the module reflections can create an online classroom environment that is beneficial for learning (Guthrie & McCracken, 2014). Overall, I learned in this module that reflection is not just connecting what I have learned to my placement experience, but it is also reflecting and connecting with the material, the classmates, and the instructor. Throughout the fourth module, I could not help but think of the importance of connecting what I learn to my experiences in my

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