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Name: Kelly Shannon Class: ELM210 Date: 04/30/2020 Instructor Larson Clinical Field Experience – Connection Across the Curriculum, Curricular Goals, and Community Introduction I watched 5 different videos on classroom lessons covering different topics, using various teaching strategies, props and materials. The grade levels I observed varied from 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. The class size seemed to vary from about 6 students to 20/25 students. Curricular Goals and Cross-Curricular Connections (2 paragraphs)The teachers I observed had various curricular goals and cross-curricular connections. In the 1st grade class, the curricular goal was literacy. Mr. A did a lesson on ‘past’ and ‘present’. It was very much a teacher centered lesson. Mr. A navigated the lesson for the most part. He also went over punctuation by having students demonstrate hand motions while they were reading when they came across punctuation such as; period, question mark, etc. Most teachers began their lessons with a clear learning objective. The teachers I observed appeared to have done a significant amount of pre-planning. Every teacher I observed used a graphic organizer as a way to teach their lesson. I observed charts, Venn diagrams, and lots of content that was discussed that correlated to the lesson.
Teachers had notes that they would refer to. The way the teachers ensured their lesson plan activities were aligned with state standards was by making sure the objective was clear to the students, incorporating group learning, utilizing classroom materials (such as; projectors, templates, graphic organizers, diagrams, pictures, demonstrations, and hand gestures). I observed various strategies used by the teachers I observed. I noticed most teachers used different ways to capture their students' attention. A few of the teachers used a finish the sentence method. For example, the teacher said, “I 2 3 eyes on me” and the students replied, “1 2 eyes on you”. Another teacher said, “Hocus Pocus everybody” and the students said, “focus”. Another attention