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Running Head: Virtual Classroom Observations 1 Virtual Classroom Observations: 7-12 Willie Powers Liberty University
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Running Head: Virtual Classroom Observations 2 7. Virtual Classroom Observation 7: Constructivist Teaching in Action: A High School Classroom Debate This classroom observation takes place within a high school history classroom who is actively taking part in a debate on Jeffersonian Democracy. The teacher of this course clearly outlined the instructions of the assignment for the students, and explained to them in detail why they are completing this assignment and how to complete it. The teacher had laid out very clear and concise expectations for the students regarding the debate they were taking part in. After the teacher had finished explaining all of this to the students, it was evident that they understood and comprehend was was just said to them. Once student even demonstrated their understanding by explaining that this helps him make a clear connection between ideas by participating in this. One of the best aspects of this lesson was how each particular group was given a specific topic to become experts on, and would then present their information to the class. This ensured that all of the students could learn about each topic without having to study each one in-depth. Another aspect of the teacher’s lesson that I noticed was that she had total control over the class. When the students started to raise their voices and talk over one another, she quickly gained control of the class and helped moderate their disagreement. All in all, I believe this is a great type of lesson to use in the classroom as it teaches students good research skills, as well as public speaking skills. It also requires that students think critically about the subject they are debating. Since they may receive difficult questions from the opposing side, they have to be
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familiar with every aspect of their topic and support their points with specific reasoning. This helps to ensure that the students know the curriculum as a whole and not just broken down bits and pieces of the lesson that is being taught. It also provides an excellent way to have each student actively engaged with what is going on in the classroom. Running Head: Virtual Classroom Observations 3 8. Virtual Classroom Observation 8: Middle School Science Instruction: Inquiry Learning With this classroom observation we are taking a look a middle school science classroom with Mr. Rob Cho as the teacher. The classroom is focused in on the Grand Canyon, and they are learning about the subject of geology. They are conducting an experiment on actual rocks that are from the Grand Canyon itself since they are unable to physically go their as a class. The teacher begins by prompting students with a few questions, and gives them time to brainstorm with their groups. He wants them to think critically like scientists would in order to get a better understanding of the topic. This critical thinking helps lead to the understanding and mastery of the topic in geology.
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