Child Case Study--ESpartas

Child Case Study--ESpartas - Spartas 1 Focusing In: A Case...

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Spartas 1 Focusing In: A Case Study In a classroom there are certain children whose names you learn right away. In the case of Henry, a second grader at Evergreen Elementary (names changed for confidentiality) this was due to his constant need for reminders of what he should be doing. Although a bright child who was ready to learn, Harry had problems focusing in class that made him interesting to watch. There were a variety of subjects that were of interest to him and he did well at the tasks he completed, but the focus was just not there. Throughout observation of Harry three different areas were considered: cognitive development and language as they relate to Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s theories, personal, social, and emotional development, and motivational factors. Harry was observed in the classroom at the start of the school day. There were several activities that he was engaged in throughout the observation time. At the start of the day all of the children enter the classroom, put away their items, and proceed to their desks and begin silent reading. After a few minutes of this the entire class proceeds to take a trip to the bathrooms. This involves the children lining up and walking (silently and single file) to the bathrooms. Those who need to use the bathroom then do so, while the others remain in line, waiting silently in the hall. The next activity is morning circle. During morning circle the teacher makes any announcements and the children answer the ‘question of the day.’ After this a math lesson is given and the students then work on the given math assignment. During this time a reading specialist comes in to work with a few students, including Harry, as well. Harry’s cognitive development and language appeared fairly normal compared to his peers. There is no doubt that his ability is equal to that of others. According to
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Spartas 2 Piaget, children between the ages of seven and eleven should be experiencing what Piaget calls the Preoperational stage. If in this stage, children should be making progress towards the mastery of actions that a person carries out by thinking them through. It appears that according to the characteristics Piaget has outlined, Harry is right where he should be developmentally. For instance, when working on math he is able to think
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