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Cultural And The Learning Environment In A 3rd Grade Classroom

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Instructional Setting
Within the walls of my third grade classroom there is much learning to take place. I am lucky to the fact I am in a classroom with no windows to stare out and daydream. Since there is much learning to take place I have arranged 27 desks in which students have easy access to move around and also to be able to talk in groups with students around them. These desks are arranged so that I can easily circulate and help students during individual or group work time. The first row has three desks then an isle followed by three desks. The second and third rows both have five student desks. Then I curve a row starting at the back and moving back up towards the front of the room creating my outside rows in which the student desks are turned towards the board and an angle. By doing this I have a circulation path in which I walk around the inner side and that allows be to be close to all students.
On the North side of the classroom I have one big kidney shaped table in which students are able to sit as a group. I am able to have small groups come and I can work with the students individually. On the south side of the room I have three classroom computers. There is a projector in which I am able to connect from my classroom computer to the whiteboard. The classroom is also equipped with a sound system in which I wear a microphone device to help carry my voice to the whole classroom making sure those students in the back are able to hear the instruction. There is also a student microphone that may be passed from student to student when reading or answering questions.
Each student has a NEO which is a small keyboard with a little screen. The NEO is also connected to the classroom computer and to the teacher’s computer allowing the students to send their assignments to the teacher or print when necessary. There is one small television with a DVD and VHS system hooked to the television. There are three big whiteboards in the classroom. For thirty minutes each day I have a title one aid that comes and helps in the classroom.
The class size ranges from about 25 to 27 students depending on the subject. In this particular Elementary there are about 520 students. In Third Grade we have an equal ratio of boys to girls. The school is a four out of five star school given to the school by the state department depending on the growth that was made with the students. Due to the sensitivity of the information and because of the district policy I am unable to get the exact ethnicity count for the school along with the percentage of those that might be on the free or reduce lunch program. The school is considered a Title One School. Many of the students come from lower income families.
For Math and Reading the students are leveled and go to one of three teachers in Third Grade. In Third Grade there are a total of seventy-five students among the three classrooms. During Instruction students will be...

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