Elementary Field Notes Alex Fafara

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Field Observation #1 Context Friday, February 11, 2011 9:25-10:25 a.m. 4 th Grade Math Lesson Objective: to review Multiplication and to learn division. Following the ‘morning meeting’, the teacher sends the students back to their desks to begin Math, the first lesson of the day. In recent lessons, the students have been learning about different methods of multiplication and estimation, of which there is a Quiz on these subjects today. Each student sits at their own desk, which are positioned in groups of three, four, or five. Each student has his or her own mini-whiteboard to follow along with the review before the quiz. Description The teacher begins the review by asking students for a 2-digit and a 1-digit number to be multiplied. A girl volunteers for the first, a boy is called on for the second. The teacher shows these two numbers on the projector screen and instructs the students to solve by any method, showing their work. She then walks about the room, checking the students’ work, and assisting them when they ask for help. After having a volunteer show his work, the teacher asks for a show of hands to see how many students used each method of multiplication. She then does the same exercise for a 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication question. While walking around the room, the teacher mentions how crucial making a “ball-park” estimation is in solving problems with bigger numbers. The teacher then asks one girl what her answer is, and asks another girl if she had the same answer. The second girl needed the first to repeat the answer louder so she could hear her from the other side of the room, but they did have the same answer. The teacher then shows how to solve the problem, including holding place values to line up the answers. A girl mentions she knows how to do this because she reviewed at home with her father, and the teacher replies with “That’s very good,” and a smile. During the next review problem, a student’s whiteboard makes a squeaking noise, and a group of girls sitting in one group giggle to themselves. The teacher asks who needs another minute to do the review question, and continues walking around the room, giving one student a high-five and saying “Good job,” after checking his work. After going over the last problem on the projector, the teacher explains to the students why they learn different ways to multiply. One student from each table is instructed to collect all of the review supplies from his or her table and put them away. The quiz is then handed out, and the students are given special directions, where they only need to do 5 problems from page two, 5 from page 3, and for extra credit up to 5 on page one. They are then to cross out any problems where a factor is 1 or 0, and that if they give “ball-park” estimates they will receive a bonus point. One student says “nice,” another says “ok,” and a girl asks the teacher if the problems that the teacher missed containing 1s or 0s are to be crossed off as well. The teacher says yes and thanks the girl
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course EDUCATION 200 taught by Professor Jenniferdelnero during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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