Clinical Experience Crystal Neumann

Methodology and Technology

1. What expectations did you have for this component before you made your observations? What was confirmed for you and what was different?

Before observing these classrooms, I figured that technology would not play a big role within the classroom. My personal experience at my high school lead me to believe that phones and personal laptops were not a tool used in many high schools. However, the classrooms I observed utilized both of these technologies.

2. How did these observations change your perceptions of this component? How do you imagine you will address this issue in your own future classroom? Explain.

I witnessed the teachers using the online resources for much of the class work. Both schools, Normal West and Normal Community, both had a system in place for the students to access teacher drives online. The teachers would post assignments, tests, worksheets and more. Students were able to take notes, quizes and test online for faster results. I hope to utilize many technological aspects into the classroom. I would love to have the students be able to have access to all course materials online. Also, the component of online quizes and tests allows for quicker grading. I also believe that students will enjoy the class more if you are able to implement their personal technology into the lesson. An example of this is a Kahoot quiz.

3. What did you observe that surprised you? Why?

Something that I observed was that many students were using laptops and phones to do things that had nothing to do with the class content being taught. I saw a lot of students playing games, snap chatting, and other non-education related actions. The most surprising parts is that students thought they were being sneaky, and even when a teacher was aware of this they did nothing to stop it.

4. How was this component treated in each of the observation sites you visited? What was different and what was the same? Why do you think these issues were treated differently in the different sites? Which approach, in your opinion, is best? Why?

In most sites teachers have their own routines and procedures for how the class time will go each day. They specifically outline these in a syllabus at the beginning of the school year and practice them every day. Most teachers have procedures outlined for late work, absences, tardies, bathroom breaks, phone policy, laptop usage, and participation. Some procedures that stood out to me included: using a number system to organize assignments based on seating arrangement, extra credit for full attendance on test days, folding paper to hide name during grading process and many others.

5. What is the one thing you will take away from your observations in terms of this specific component? Why did this make an impression on you? How will this make you a good educator?

The one thing I will take away from my observations is utilizing methodology to stay organized. I'm really drawn to the use of a numbering system within a classroom for all assignments. It will allow for passing back assignments to be done much more quickly. This system also allows you to grade semi-anonymously as to not be biased in any grading.

Professionalism

1. What expectations did you have for this component before you made your observations? What was confirmed for you and what was different?

I generally view teachers as being quite professional people. They are punctual, genuine, prepared, reasonable, knowledgable, and flexible. This notion was only confirmed in my observations. Each teacher seemed prepared to present the next lesson. They also clear in the rules/guidelines that they set, while these can still change due to timing issues. They never seemed like a friend to a student, but also didn't seem like an uptight, unreasonably strict person.

2. How did these observations change your perceptions of this component? How do you imagine you will address this issue in your own future classroom? Explain.

I personally do not believe that my perceptions have changed. I am very concerned with being punctual and accurate in everything I do. I am a perfectionist and focus on the overall outcome. I am a very outgoing person, but know how to set limits for people as well. I also feel that I am knowledgable about the subject I will be teaching. All of these characteristics give me a solid ground to strengthen my professionalism overtime.

3. What did you observe that surprised you? Why?

I observed a teacher that would bring soda and treats for the students in the class. This was a nice treat to see. Anytime I got a little something from a teacher in high school it always meant a lot to me.

4. How was this component treated in each of the observation sites you visited? What was different and what was the same? Why do you think these issues were treated differently in the different sites? Which approach, in your opinion, is best? Why?

The teacher at both sites were all very diverse in teaching methods, therefore, their professionalism techniques differ as well. No two teachers teach exactly the same way. Some teachers have a more direct approach to teaching, while others have a more enthusiastic and personable approach.

5. What is the one thing you will take away from your observations in terms of this specific component? Why did this make an impression on you? How will this make you a good educator?

I hope to take a little bit from each teacher. I would like to be a teacher that my students can trust and approach, but still respect me as an adult and advisor. I plan to be punctual, organized, friendly and outgoing, enthusiastic about content, and knowledgable in many areas.

Understanding Learners

1. What expectations did you have for this component before you made your observations? What was confirmed for you and what was different?

Before going into the observations I believed that "Understanding Learners" meant that you understood how a student learned the material, i.e. the best way to teach the material. After going through this process I have learned that it is more complicated than that.

2. How did these observations change your perceptions of this component? How do you imagine you will address this issue in your own future classroom? Explain.

My perceptions were changed by observing how teachers were able to take the same course content/requirements for the class and altering them to fit a students needs better. Some of these needs include: SES, disabilities, IEPS, gifted students, ESL, and many other possibilities. To successfully understand learners, you must UNDERSTAND how they learn. Knowing the best strategies for students needing exceptions will allow you to alter your lesson plan to accommodate multiple changes/additions.

3. What did you observe that surprised you? Why?

I observed a Dance Fitness class which included to students with a physical disability. In order to receive a grade in the class you must raise your heart rate for a certain amount of time. However, for these students it is harder for them to get their heart rate up because of the risk caused to them. Because of these issues the teacher came up with a special plan for these students in which they must show effort and participate to pass the class.

4. How was this component treated in each of the observation sites you visited? What was different and what was the same? Why do you think these issues were treated differently in the different sites? Which approach, in your opinion, is best? Why?

This is a component that is harder to observe without contact with the teacher outside of the class time. Just from observations though I could see that most teachers were able to see if students were struggling and tried to explain the content in a different way. I noticed that this was left up to the teacher and not the site, mostly. In my opinion, I believe that having an open mind and a willingness to adapt your plan will work best for understanding learners better.

5. What is the one thing you will take away from your observations in terms of this specific component? Why did this make an impression on you? How will this make you a good educator?

For understanding learners I will take away that I need to be adaptable in my plans and approaches and need to strive to find new ways to explain material so that maximum comprehension can be achieved.

Management of Physical Environment

1. What expectations did you have for this component before you made your observations? What was confirmed for you and what was different?

I did not think that the physical outline of the classroom had much to do with the learning process. However, I learned that the setup actually plays a part in whether students learn.

2. How did these observations change your perceptions of this component? How do you imagine you will address this issue in your own future classroom? Explain.

Students do not want to spend multiple times a week for 50 minutes a day in a plain white, blank room. That is boring and does not provide any motivation for the students.

3. What did you observe that surprised you? Why?

In one particular classroom there were rows of tables and the students had rolling chairs. What was unique about this class is that each row had a desk/table top to use in front of them, and behind them. This allowed them to be able to turn around and face the other end of the class if needed, depending on how the lesson was being taught that day.

4. How was this component treated in each of the observation sites you visited? What was different and what was the same? Why do you think these issues were treated differently in the different sites? Which approach, in your opinion, is best? Why?

Each classroom was set up in a different and unique way to that teacher. Some teachers implemented pods or groups of desks. While others used the more traditional rows. A lot of the teachers had motivational posters or something on the walls that distinguished their classroom from others. My personal favorites were the classrooms that displayed the students work. I saw this in an English and an Art class. I like this because it shows the students that you care about their work and are proud of what they have created.

5. What is the one thing you will take away from your observations in terms of this specific component? Why did this make an impression on you? How will this make you a good educator?

I am a big fan of the group seating. With Family and Consumer Sciences classes the traditional rows seem limiting. These are very hands on courses and some of the work involves students being in groups. For example, foods classes are always in groups because of the number of kitchen within the room. I also will implement the use of student work around the classroom. We are very project based, especially in a Textiles course, and the students would enjoy their work being displayed.

Diversity and Demographics

1. What expectations did you have for this component before you made your observations? What was confirmed for you and what was different?

I expected to be able to go into the classroom and instantly be able to tell what diversity was present. While some are easier to notice, there is no way of knowing the actual diversity without have the school statistics or class roster.

2. How did these observations change your perceptions of this component? How do you imagine you will address this issue in your own future classroom? Explain.

These observations showed me that it is hard to plan for everyone diverse challenges and backgrounds. I hope to be culturally sensitive to various diversities and to find a way to include diverse content in the curriculum. This could include studying other countries food habits and delicacies.

3. What did you observe that surprised you? Why?

We were required to observe in a diverse setting school. However, I do not feel that the classes were very diverse. Yes, there was a mix of genders, ethnicities, cultures and so on. The diversity was not very present in the teaching strategies, nor was it obvious to the human eye alone. I would have thought the teachers would have altered teaching lessons to accommodate different backgrounds, but I did not find that being obvious when I observed.

4. How was this component treated in each of the observation sites you visited? What was different and what was the same? Why do you think these issues were treated differently in the different sites? Which approach, in your opinion, is best? Why?

Each site I visited was a diverse site. Therefore, the entire school meet the diversity requirements. I felt that most of the special education students were kept away from the mainstream classrooms. However, in my high school we tried to mainstream as much as possible, within reason. On the other hand, this could also just be something that I couldn't pick up on by just observing a 50 minute class period. Diversity is a hard component to just physically observe. It would have been helpful to know the diversity of the specific class observed.

5. What is the one thing you will take away from your observations in terms of this specific component? Why did this make an impression on you? How will this make you a good educator?

I will take away that I need to be culturally sensitive to various diversities. It is important that ALL students feel safe, welcome, respected and wanted within the classroom. This will allow me to possibly be a role model for my students. Being a person who cares about other people differences will hopefully spark that interest in others.

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