Observation Of My Experience In The Classroom

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Walking into the classroom Tuesday for observation, I was faced with one of my biggest, saddest fears: a former student of Ms. Davis’ co-teacher had been involved in a near-fatal accident the day before. The Heart Team was called to the high school. Ms. Davis explained that most often when the Heart Team is deployed, a death has occurred. While students seemingly carried on with daily routines unbeknownst to what had happened, I could see that each teacher was visibly aware. I observed teachers throughout the day gathering in the hall for updates. As a future teacher I am not sure I will ever be prepared to handle such tragedy. The Collinsville student passed later in the week. He is the third high school student in our local school districts …show more content…
Davis and the other 6th grade teachers run a seven-day block for English Language Arts. This will allow me to observe lessons one week and assessments the following week. I am personally used to running a five-day block; I feel the seven-day block has both benefits and disadvantages. One benefit would be it allows students more time to grasp a concept. Another benefit would be having time to catch up if a student is absent. And last, teachers would be given more time to be flexible with slowing down or speeding up the pace of the lesson. The only disadvantage I could think of is the students having the weekend before an assessment, I wonder if students forget the content before being assessed. The students’ ELA assessments consist of their weekly story, DOL and vocabulary. I noticed that before each new assessment was passed out the students were not given an opportunity to get up and move. After the first assessment, students took out their book to read. After the second assessment students needed more prompts to stay busy. The third assessment was given and at the end the students’ behavior started to reflect their boredom. I feel the students would have benefited from being able to get up and move between each …show more content…
The rest of the students worked on their Chromebook completing math skills practice on the Fast Math website. Ms. Davis and Mrs. Klucker asked if I would feel comfortable leading the math exercise problems after they introduced the lesson. Plotting ordered pairs was the objective. I felt comfortable walking the students through examples. I will say it is very intimidating to have not one, but two teachers in the room watching. I was able to look over the lesson before they turned the floor over to me. In my mind I knew how I wanted to explain the concept to help the students understand, however, Mrs. Klucker opened up the lesson with a different approach. I needed to continue Mrs. Klucker’s methods so that was a surprise but overall I think I did alright. After the lesson, Ms. Davis and I discussed nervous habits; mine is fast talking. In the future I will try some of the strategies Ms. Davis mentioned. Some of the strategies Ms. Davis mentioned were holding an object and changing hands, counting between each step or response and asking open- ended questions and allowing more than one student to give

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