Summary of Experience
Mrs. Gerard has a wonderful and bright kindergarten class. The students are all unique and diverse in their own ways. A few students were of different races and ethnic identities. There were several different lessons taught throughout the field experience, as well as many different ways of evaluation. The teacher-student, student-teacher, and student-student interactions were excellent and Mrs. Gerard’s classroom management skills have created a wonderful classroom-learning environment to which you can see different theories being used.
Mrs. Gerard’s class consisted of twenty students. A few were of different races. There was one African American student, one Hispanic student and eighteen Caucasian students. The African American student was a little boy and the Hispanic Student was a little girl, who is also an ESL (English as Second Language) student. There were fourteen boys and sixteen girls. Visually, no student had a severe or even mild disability nor did any student seem to be of low socioeconomic background (SES). Though most of the students were Caucasian, all of the students were unique and diverse in their own way.
Several lessons were taught throughout the course of my observations. All of the lessons taught were from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). During group reading time and the reading center, the lessons consisted of being able to identify characters, setting, and major events in a story. The students were to be able to tell which was the author or the illustrator of a book. They were to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories with their own life experiences for example, when the Councilor read the book Kelly Bear which was all about feelings, the students all shared a time when they felt sad in their life. Students were to also have small discussions with their peers about books that were read in class. During reading time, Mrs. Gerard would have the student turn and face each other and talk about the story. During individual reading centers, the students were to understand rhyming words. Mrs. Gerard taught this by using many songs such as, Humpty Dumpty. They also had to identify these words by pointing to them. Mrs. Gerard made this more enjoyable for the students by using the projector and placing a poem on it, then the students would use a finger pointer and point as they read.
In the writing center the lessons consisted of using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or name of the book they are writing and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book. For example, when the children were writing about pumpkins and Halloween, they were to write about their favorite Halloween costume was and what they were going to be. They were to also compose a writing piece in which they give information. The students books called Bat Facts, was very informative and...