LAI350 Teaching Observations

LAI350 Teaching Observations - Sarah Jordan March 4, 2010...

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Sarah Jordan March 4, 2010 LAI350 During my observations at Kaegebein Elementary School in Grand Island, I observed several different grades and several different subjects. Although each subject is different, all the teachers I observed used technology to enhance the education and further the learning experience for their students. It was a great experience to have an outside perspective and be able to see how much has changed in the past ten years. When I sat in on my first class, I felt pretty nervous. I was not sure if I would be able to put down enough information or whether or not I would be a bother to the teacher. Later on during the day, I still felt just as awkward and occasionally felt like I was interfering rather than observing. The students constantly turned around to look at me and the teachers always felt the need to introduce me and include me, although I just wanted to observe. Many of the teachers talked to me on the side and explained the technology used in their classrooms; many were proud of how they taught their students and claimed that they were one of the best in the school at Smartboards. I observed grades 2 – 5, and all of the classrooms had a similar physical setting. The desks were almost always grouped together in desks of four or six, usually coed. The rooms were well lit. All the classrooms had bright colors, decorations, student’s work, rules, lessons, etc. on the walls. In addition, all the classrooms had the Smartboard covering the traditional chalk board. All the teachers used the Smartboard; not once did I see a chalk board or white board being used. Most of the desks were cluttered with items such as water bottles, pens and pencils, organizers, art boxes, etc. One girl even had a mini trash can on her desk. My first observation for the day was 5 th grade. In the morning, they had a reading specialist come in and work on a project they’ve been doing for a while. The main teacher of the classroom just stood to the side and observed. The students were taught Question Answer Relationships (QAR), learning that there are different types of
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course LAI 350 taught by Professor Ginsburg during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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LAI350 Teaching Observations - Sarah Jordan March 4, 2010...

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