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Observation:My Calling Essay

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I decided to do my field observation at Temple Beth David preschool. It is a private preschool in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. I decided to go with a private school, because that is my desired placement for where I would like to teach. I believe that I would excel working in a private domain. I also enjoy that while teaching valuable education it also teaches students about their religion. A small school like Temple Beth David creates a tight knit, family-like community. It brings religious leaders, teachers, parents and students close together, to ensure high quality, moral and valued education for its students. I was hoping that this field observation would reinforce my inclination. It did ...view middle of the document...

When emotional and physical needs are being met a student will have greater educational success.
While observing I also learned the value in a unified teaching environment. In the private school setting I saw the teachers, assistant teachers and director all working in conjunction to ensure the best of education for the students. A unifies environment is not just beneficial to the students, it also allows for teachers to become a family, bounce ideas off of each other and to lend a helping hand when needed. That is also another one of the reasons why I want to work in a private school setting. I felt that there was no competition between teachers and they all were cohesive and worked marvelous together. I believe that an environment that is unified is the best when providing excellent education. Like the old saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child” I also believe that it takes a village to ensure a multifaceted education.
During the observation process I took the time to pay attention to classroom practices and time management. Some of the classroom practices that I feel were valuable and I would highly use them in my classroom would be, the allotted time for unstructured peer to peer educational interaction, having a no bullying policy, keeping the classroom a safe, judgment free zone and ensuring that the students have proper manners when speaking to classmates and teachers. A few of the classroom practices that I would not feel are necessary to utilize would be the use of a behavior board, where students who behave earn a sticker to receive a prize. I do not feel that good behavior needs to be rewarding by prizes as an everyday event. I also would not implement the use of daily worksheets as a means to show proficiency in understanding the lesson. While observing the classes time management, I found that there use of a structured, monotonous routine, became exhausted. Some of the students require out of the box activities. I hope to be able to keep a somewhat spontaneous routine that still has some structure, without it becoming monotonous. To be able to incorporate fun, inventive and technologically advanced lessons into the curriculum will improve the student’s interest drastically. Some of the values that I saw being incorporated into the curriculum were friendship, leadership skills, and good behavior. All of the values I saw being utilized I would use in my classroom as well.
During my observation I observed several educational theories being implemented. Two of the theories I saw being used were behaviorism and multiple intelligences theory. The ways in which I saw behaviorism being used was the punishment and reward system. For example if a child was quiet during story time, they would receive a sticker, but if a child acted up, they might be taken to another classroom. I believe that with behaviorism there is a fine line between the right way to reward or discipline a child. There are also varying factors that must be...

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