Interview # 1
My first observation was done in Mrs. Howell's 3rd grade class at Oak Park Elementary. As I entered the room and took a seat at one of the empty desks at the back, I noticed how organized her room was. Students' backpacks, books, and jackets were placed on the back wall of the classroom in their designated cubby hole. This technique allowed Mrs. Howell easy access to walk around the classroom while teaching. I noticed an Accelerated Reading section in the back corner of the room where students could take tests without being interrupted by other students. There were several different academic posters all over the walls for students to reference to during lessons. I noticed a small group section in the front of the classroom where two students were sitting during my observation. The classroom rules were posted on the side wall where students were easily able to see them. The organization of the room allowed for successful learning and definitely attributed to successful classroom management.
The objectives for each subject were posted in the front of the classroom on the whiteboard.
Upon entering Mrs. Howell's classroom at 8:00 A.M., she was reviewing a math worksheet previously done the day before. Students were correcting their answers and answering questions by raising their hands. When Mrs. Howell called on students to answer her questions, she stated their first name every time and used positive feedback after each answer. These techniques demonstrated an environment of respect and rapport. She also allowed each student to share their idea or response every time she asked for an answer or response. I noticed that Mrs. Howell ensured that communication between her and her students were clear and accurate by restating questions that were confusing to some students. She would break down questions and answers to make them more clear for students that were having trouble understanding. She was also ask students to be more...