Kindergarten Language Arts
1. This is Allison Wright. She teaches kindergarten and you will be observing a Language
Arts/Writing lesson in which Ms. Wright uses the Writer's Workshop approach to teaching
writing. There are so many important things to look for during this observation.
Look for the way
she has organized her classroom, listen and watch as she conferences with students and
provides feedback, looks for her classroom routines and behavioral expectations and more.
2. Note how the teacher incorporates whole body movement and yoga to help students focus
3. What are you seeing and hearing from the teacher as she prepares the students for the
4. (You are seeing Ms. Wright providing an opportunity for students to recall prior knowledge
about the elements of a story.
Why does she do this? It is very important to review
before the students begin to work on their "books" during the daily lesson.
This part of her
lesson today is called a "mini-lesson". Ms. Wright has challenged the students to write stories
about their personal lives. She didn't insist, but challenged them to do so. Why didn't she tell the