What does the classroom look like?
I am currently doing my field experience for Education 310 Instructional
Strategies K-4, at an elementary school in Hampton, Virginia. I was placed in a thrid grade classroom. The classroom
is relatively small, however it houses about 20 students. The classroom is set up with learner in mind, it is full of
teacher made activities and bulletin boards where the learner could activity demonstrate their knowlegde about any subject
matter by answering the questions posted on the boards. The boards are also displayed with historical, grammatical, and scientific
facts. The desk arrangement is pow wow style, where the students can openly discuss any topic viewing their classmates
and the teacher. The classroom also has three computers and the students have a designated cubby closets.
The classroom comes equipped with the basic green chalkboard, and the teacher has an overhead projector centered in the room.
Its full of maps world and country and books on all subject matters.
What Goes in the Classroom?
The teacher uses a variety of teaching methods to cater to each learning
style in the classroom. The methods vary from rhythmic or musical, as the students learn their multiplication facts
by using rap, to an lingustic approach where the students are asked to meomorize concepts in science. The lessons taught in
the classroom are based off of the Standards of Learning in Virginia for the Thrid grade, however they are taught in a variety of ways.
My Role As A Observer...
The role that I play during the experience is both to observe the teacher and student interaction, and to assit if needed.
Throughout this course my role will become larger, due the fact I would have a established rapport with the students in the
teacher as they become familiar with my presence. At the end of this experience I will actually teach two lessons in science
as a class requirement, which will be great practice and lead me one step closer to fulfilling my dream. As I obsevre I will
be noting the students behavior and attitude toward subject matters, and trying to pick up on any cues that would suggest
a teaching method that works best for the students as a whole and with indivduals. I hope to work with the student individually
and learn more from them and figure out the best way I could be of assistance to them.