Week 6- Field Placement
Week Six: Curriculum & Instruction: You will focus directly on curriculum & instruction as lived by the teachers & students.
Core Questions: What is being taught? How are students learning? Do students see the meaning and relevance in what they are learning? What are the stories of learning?
This week at my field placement I focused on curriculum and instruction. Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews are this week so our class focused on what they have learned since school started this year. Our co-op teacher let us take students out of the classroom individually to work on the progress books that they will share at conferences. Our students have learned the letters of the alphabet, the sounds each letter makes, basic sight words (can, and, bat, hat, ect.), numbers up to 100 and how to order single and double-digit numbers.
The majority of our students learn by visual representations. For example, there was a photo of a hat. Our co-op teacher had the students say what the word starts with H, then spell the word out loud and then have a volunteer come up and place the photo of the hat beside the word hat written on the board. When working with my students today they were using hand motions to sound out the sounds of the letters. For the letter H, they were using their hand by having their palm facing there face and moving it back and forth while saying the H sound. Throughout the classroom, our co-op teacher has many visual aids to help students comprehend letters and words. In our centers, in the past weeks, our co-op teacher has done many interesting activities for the students. Our co-op has done activities like having the students use play dough to make the letters or spell words, BINGO, use googly eyes to create letters or spell words and having the students use beads in the shape of letters to create words and letters. I admire the way our co-op teacher engaged her students in their learning.
I found many of the students I worked with had a clear understanding of the comprehension of words and letters. They understand why they are learning the things they are learning. They understand because their teachers explain to them the “why” behind their learnings. Our co-op teacher wants her students to succeed. Most of our grade one students want to so badly we able to read independently. They have set goals for themselves in their ELA classes. In our last 5 weeks, we have only worked on ELA with our students so I have only been able to observe the way our co-op teacher teaches ELA.
Have a great Tuesday!