Reflective analysis

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1 Reflective Analysis October 27, 2010 EDCI 2030 Hannah Darphin Beginning Fall 2010, I started my first semester as an elementary education major. Many of my classes involved some field experience work. I was a little nervous about observing public school in Louisiana because of the horror stories I have heard from relatives who are teachers. So I started my observation in a school I was comfortable with, St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School, my own elementary school. Seeing the school setting from a new perspective was extremely eye opening, and made me excited about my future career. Still anxious about the obvious contrast I was positive I was going to see, I next observed Highland Elementary. I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Highland Elementary is a Title I school, who has students from predominantly lower socioeconomic statuses than St. Luke’s, I noticed more positive comparisons than I did negative contrasts. It was obvious; all four teachers I observed took an avid interest in their students and were dedicated to teaching and creating a positive classroom atmosphere. While observing the classes, I noticed all four teachers seemed to most identify with John Dewey’s philosophy of education – Progressivism. Dewey believed that the school should be organized around the concerns, curiosity, and real-world experiences of students. He asserted this by writing, “ I believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child’s powers by the demands of the social situations in
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2 which he finds himself” (Dewey, 1897, p. 80). Mrs. Jenkins, a fifth grade teacher at Highland Elementary, does a daily math lesson with a “number of the day”. Each day the students gather around the math center, while she shows them how the number of the day relates to a fraction of a circle, the fractional number, and also money. Money is a topic that people deal with everyday. Using physical representations of paper bills and coins, helps students to transfer newly learned knowledge and skills from the school setting to
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