I observed and taught Mrs. Her’s kindergarten class. The process of being approved to visit her classroom was a bit overwhelming. I went to the office and asked permission to observe and teach a kindergarten class. The office responded for me to leave my information and that they were going to call me. They never called me. However, I went again, and they told me that the teacher needs to agree with it and I told them that I know a kindergarten teacher and the office send me to her room. I talked to Mrs. Her, who was my son’s kindergarten teacher and she agreed for my partner and me to observe and teach her class. After I had spoken to Mrs. Her, everything went smoothly. I believe that the miscommunication was with the office personnel. Next time, I would first ask a teacher if it’s okay to observe his or her classroom and then go to the office and get the appropriate passes.
The day to teach balance and movement by doing an activity with an obstacle course and bean bag arrived and I was very excited. The lesson consisted of students walking over or around objects that were on the floor. My partner and I organized the obstacle course in a way that the students do different movements throughout the course. For example, the students started walking over hula hoops, then walking around cones in a zig-zag manner, following by walking by the curved jump ropes, then over the mats, to finish walking by the long jump ropes. When I explained the activity, Hilda was demonstrating it, and we were reinforcing the safety issues discussed earlier when we introduced ourselves. We lined the students and the students got to choose a partner. However, I noticed that it took a long time for the students to find a partner. Next t...
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...let me and my partner teach the lesson. After talking to my partner, we incorporated the cones and the curved jump ropes to make the lesson challenging, but safely.
In conclusion, the teaching day was exciting because I didn’t know what to expect. I was very nervous, but the kindergartener was so willingly ready to learn that made everything much easier. However, I would have used more simple vocabulary because I found myself double thinking if what I said was understood. I would also have previously had the class names and place stickers on the front and back of the students so that I could have called them by their name. I called them friends like Mrs. Her did while I observed her. I liked how Mrs. Her let us do the lesson and stood watching and taking pictures. In the end, she thanked my partner and me and told us that we are welcome to come again if we wished.
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