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Running head: CLASSROOM OBSERVATION 1Classroom ObservationColumbia College
CLASSROOM OBSERVATION 2Observing the Classroom: An Anecdotal ReportThe classroom is filled with the smiling faces of 25 grade three students, between the ages of seven and eight. Today’s class will be teaching the comprehension of words that end with ‘ing’, and the method being used is a rhythm technique.The students are seated on benches that border the room, and there are no desks in the centerobstructing their view of the teacher, or one another. The instruction begins with the students clapping along to something familiar, later they will add ‘active’ words that end in ‘ing’, such as ‘clapping.’ The use of rhythm divides the word phonemes, which clearly highlights the ‘ing’ sound.According to the website k12reader.com, this exercise is effective for teaching students because it encourages forming a kinesthetic connection to the phonemes of the words (2015). Additionally this technique is inclusive and interactive making it a great activity to observe student behaviour.The teacher starts to clap a beat, and the students soon follow, clapping and singing in unison. About one minute into the instruction a red-haired student becomes distinct as he begins to demonstrate some restless behaviour. The behaviour he is exhibits is head-scratching, and he adjusts his shirt multiple times. Though eye-catching the action does not disrupt either student
CLASSROOM OBSERVATION 3seated beside him. He continues fidgeting for another 30 seconds, until the music stops and the teacher begins to prepare the next portion of the instruction.While the teacher adjusts papers, the children sit silently for under a minute. The majority of the class sits with their hands folded neatly in their laps, some talking quietly to one another. The red-haired boy starts rocking slightly in his chair, knocking gently into the students he is seated beside. At this point the teacher calls out his name, asks him to be aware of his movements, and to be careful not to knock into any of the other students. The student immediately sits upright and stops rocking.