My second clinical observation (on ELA, English Language Arts) went very well. I read a book to the entire class, “Fletcher and the falling leaves” and then had the students draw a picture of their favorite part and write 1-3 sentences.
While that was happening, I called 4 students over to the teacher’s desk for a Guided Reading lesson. The small group read the “Hat Sale” by Joy Cowley (how does she write so many books?). The kids used all of their reading strategies and it went really well. I was a bit nervous at first but then my training kicked in and all went well.
When we were done, I sent the 4 children over to their desks to draw a picture and write 1-3 sentences about Fletcher. After about 10 minutes of going around to all of the children to see if they were doing the project ok, I stopped them and brought them all to the carpet. I called several children up to show their drawings and read their sentences.
Once student I called refused to come up and I tried again. I really need to reach out to this student to get him to open up. Its a long term goal.
I am looking forward very much to my next lesson, Geography (city, state, country). I have created an interesting way to explain this very difficult concept. More to come.f
- Teaching is all about the details. I was about to give a lesson on cloud types but I forgot that some of the ELL (English Language Learners) were pulled out for extra reading instruction. How can I introduce new material when some of the students are not there mentioned my Mentor Teacher.
- Not all kids eat breakfast. One day at 10:00 AM a very bright student told me that he didn’t feel good. I asked him if he ate breakfast and he said no. I had to bring him to the nurse to get some yogurt and apple juice.
- Teaching is tiring: I wake up at 6:45, am out of the house by 7:20 and at school at 7:45. I work until 3:15. Yeah, I get out of school earlier than 5, but I am wiped out. Bending over the desks all day, being “on” for the kids, non-frequent breaks make it all very tiring. I come home and most days have to take a nap for 2 -3 hours. I have never been this tired in my life. Maybe its because I am 48.