Observing at Casey Elementary I received the opportunity to sit in two different classrooms of different grades. The first classroom I observed was Ms. Buchanan’s kindergarten class. Ms. Buchanan had approximately 17 kids in her classroom; all were ages 5-7 years old. The desks are in four groups with four to five chairs in each group. On the wall there is a picture of a boy and a girl, facial expressions, shapes, animals, colors, numbers 1-20, calendar and weather chart. Ms. Buchanan’s class is currently in Piaget’s preoperational stage as well as Erikson’s Initiative vs quilt stage. At 8:00 A.M. the children move from morning assembly in the gym to their classrooms. Walking into the classroom the children were instructed to remove their folders from their backpacks and turn in any papers sent home the night before. While doing this many of the kids got loud and started playing and touching everyone else’s belongings. The teacher quickly got control of them by saying I have an instruction. The children replied “ready”, she then repeated the instructions she originally ga...
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...pect towards you anymore. On the wall in one of the classrooms, a picture read, “On your worst day in the classroom, you are still some Childs best hope”. This statement is what I believe teaching is all about. A child’s teacher is more than a teacher; it is a child’s hope, future and comfort. Understanding children is what helps you to become a better and more understanding teacher. You have to have kindness, patients, and love to work every day with the different kinds of children in today’s school system. Watching these children I understand that some of them may be different than others. Some children need more attention than others. As a teacher it is your job to make sure that every child is given the proper tools and knowledge needed to exceed in life.
Feldman, Robert S. Understanding Psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Print.
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