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Observation Essay

771 words - 4 pages

My first impression of Ms. May’s classroom at Amelon Elementary was that of warmth and color. She has the classroom setup in stations and each station is welcoming, colorful and contains activities that are both challenging and interesting to her students. Each child has an assigned desk and supply cabinet filled with paper, markers, pencils and any other stationary needed to complete their work. Each desk also contained a bell and when each student completes their work, they ring their bell to let the teacher know they have finished.
The walls in the classroom are covered with bulletin boards that are themed with either an upcoming holiday or the student’s completed activities. There are ...view middle of the document...

There didn’t seem to be any set time for the students to complete these activities, it seemed as if they could take as much time as they needed.
For this activity the students were working individually from their desks, but once they were finished they were allowed to choose what station that wanted to go to next. Some students chose the computer station, while others chose the puzzle and game station. At this point they were able to choose whether they wanted to work alone or if they wanted to work in a small group.
The students were asked to focus on their work and not the work of others while completing their daily activity. If the student appeared distracted, they were reminded of what their task was in an encouraging manner. Once the activity was completed, they were instructed to ring the bell on their desk and turn their activity into the basket labeled “Completed Activities.”
There was no peer interaction in the room while I was observing, the students worked alone at their desk on their tracing activities and then most decided to go to their next station alone. This could have been a result of their daily routine being thrown off by my presence and the absence of their teacher. I was unable to identify...

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