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and the relationship with the United States. There are diverse groups of learners in this class. The groups have been broken down into 3 groups based on skill set. Students work on group projects in effort to assist each other and rely on each other for basic comprehension. This group of 5thgraders was as busy as little bees; they taught me that it is critical to employ a variety of teaching methods to keep students engaged and learning. In the future, in my class I will devote the beginning of the class period to practical matters by providing feedback on previous lessons. When observing Ms. Smith, while progressing to the lesson learning objectives, I realize that it is important to refocus student’s attention on the day’s topic. Ms. Smith divided the students into groups of fours to define concepts that would allow students to discuss the lesson. She used power points during each of the lesson to help organize the course content and help students follow the discussion. She informed me that the power points are effective especially working in small groups. I learned that providing a reference for students is important as they progress in small groups discussions. It also provides an organizational anchor for students when they transition to other instructional models during both lectures and group discussions. Teachers should be flexible and respond to student discussion. One strength of this lesson, I was able to respond to vivid class discussion and refer to question prompts. I found this to be extremely important when giving instruction. Also, I found that allowing a brief 3-5 minute discussion at the end of class allows students to refocus their learning with specific questions. Giving students the opportunity to apply class content to their personal experience can make lasting and relevant connections.Page 4of 4