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Class Room Observation Essay, Research Paper Josh Van Coppenolle EDU 301 Social Studies Methods Mary Iandoli Classroom Observation Date: 9-30-96 Kindergarten teacher: Mrs. Debolt

Class Room Observation Essay, Research Paper

Josh Van Coppenolle

EDU 301

Social Studies Methods

Mary Iandoli

Classroom Observation

Date: 9-30-96

Kindergarten teacher: Mrs. Debolt

First grade teacher: Mrs. Casteluzo

Location: Penn Yan Elementary

Carrie and I were going to observe a kindergarten classroom social studies class

that combined their lesson with a first grade class. We were scheduled to arrive at 2 PM.

When I arrived at 1:50 PM, Carrie was waiting outside the school and informed me that

she had already gone in and was told that there was going to be a fire drill in just a few

minutes. We waited for the fire drill to finish and then went into the class. The time was

about 2:10 at this point, so the teachers were running a little behind.

When we entered the room it was empty, we had obviously beat the students back

from the fire drill. This gave us time to look around. The kindergarten room was

brightly decorated with lots of posters and student?s art work. The kids were working on

colors because there was a strip on top of the blackboard that had the colors and things

we might see in that color. The student?s desks were arranged in two rows, pushed

together and facing each other. There were about twelve seats in each group, so there

were about 24 students in the class. Apparently, the class had just been returning from a

trip to the school library when the fire drill went off, so when they came in they were

still carrying their library books. The students were asked to take their seats and they did

so quietly. Everyone?s eyes were on Carrie and me. Mrs. Debolt asked us to introduce

ourselves, which we did. She told the class that we were learning to be teachers and

that we wanted to sit in on their social studies class. Each student sat at a little desk with

their name laminated on the top. The students had laminated cards with their names on

them tied around their neck with a long piece of yarn. I think that these were their library

cards. Mrs. Debolt asked me to collect these, which I did. The students were pretty quiet

while this was going on and followed directions well. Mrs. Debolt told the class that we

were going to have a joint lesson with Mrs. Castiluzo?s 1st grade class. She asked

everyone to come up to the front of the room and sit quietly on their bottoms, hands in

their laps. The two classrooms are connected by a door and soon Mrs. Castiluzo, her

aide, and the 1st graders came in. It was a tight squeeze but everyone got a little spot on

the floor. You could tell the kids who like their personal space because they were

uncomfortable in the tight space and tried to wiggle and scoot. Mrs. Debolt introduced

Carrie and me and then started her lesson. She started with a story about a green bear

who lived in the forest. He would change the color of his house as the seasons changed.

Before she read she assess for prior knowledge. After she finished the book she led the

group by questioning them about houses and families and health. Then we talked about

healthy bodies and how we make healthy bodies by eating correctly. The teacher would

ask a question and then call on someone who raised their hand. When there was a fun

task to do, the teacher would call on a student that was doing something right, like sitting

up straight. I noticed that the same students were always raising their hands. The teacher

should have tried to involve all of the students.

After the discussion of green and healthy, Mrs. Castiluza read a poem, but the

children had already been sitting for 15-20 minutes and were not interested in the long

poem at all. Then, Mrs. Castiluza brought out a bag of fresh vegetables that she grew in

her garden. This got the kids interested again and we discussed how the greens of the

vegetables were different. Then Carrie and I got 2 helpers and cut up lettuce, peppers,

and cucumbers to make a salad. We all ate salad and talked about the different textures

and crunchiness of the vegetables. The lesson was evaluated as the students ate their

salad, the teachers informally walked around the room and spoke with the children, but

not all of them. The kids finished, threw their paper plates away and returned to their

seats. I stopped back at the library briefly on another day and found there to be quite a

big selection of trade books on historical events and biographies. There was a big

selection on folk tales. I found a section with plays that are made especially for classes

with lots of parts. There were a lot of multicultural books on display. I think that they

looked pretty new. There were computers available as well but I didn?t go and look at

the soft ware

I think that the lesson was interesting enough, although maybe a little too long.

The teachers tried to use literature and poems to tell the lesson. I think that the teacher

should have a way to involve all the students in the discussion. Also, I think that all the

students should have been involved in making the salad. I think the idea of the salad was

good, hands on and a reward at the end. The students were very well behaved and the

teacher handled misbehaving matter-of-factly without a lot of attention drawn to the

deed. I don?t think that the material was particularly challenging, but then again we are

dealing with kindergarten. The theme of the unit was ?myself and my family?. I think I

see the way they were going with the green bear in his home and a healthy diet to keep

you well. Did I mention that I want to teach 5th grade? Seriously though, I think these

little ones are adorable but everytime I spend time in kindergarten, I realize that I will do

much better with older learners.

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