Methodology & Technology
What was expected?
I expected more of a "lecture-based" class, where the teacher is using either a projector or a smart-board to display and help carryout the lesson which required students to take notes. Also, I expected the teacher to have the students engage in group activities for certain assignments.
What was confirmed?
Although I did witness the teacher placing students into groups for certain assignments, during each of my observations, I've never seen her (actually) use the smart-board that was in the classroom to help her with her lessons; also, I've never seen her lecture the class or require the students to take notes on any lessons. All that I've seen the teacher do was give the students assignments with thorough directions and an expected due date.
How did these observations change your perceptions of this component?
These observations didn't change my perception of this teacher's professionalism at all. She never "broke character" as an educator and I've never witnessed her become unprofessional, even when she was hit with spontaneous issues pertaining to the students.
How do you imagine you will address this issue in your own future classroom?
The goal is the remain professional at all times. You want to be a positive example for not only your students, but to other educators as well. Although I plan to develop a student-teacher relationship with my students, allowing them to become comfortable in regards to wanting help and having a sense of trust that I will actually educate them, I have to remember that in order for my students to take me seriously, I have to take myself seriously. Therefore, being professional is very important; especially if you want your students to behave and to learn a particular way.
What did you observe that surprised you? Why?
During my observations, I observed that the students preferred my assistance. It surprised me because I didn't expect for these students to want my help, seeing that I'm not an educator just yet and that these students have never met me before. It was surprising, yet rewarding to help these students understand what it was that the teacher assigned them to do. Also, I was able to break-down the concept of certain lessons to those students for them the understand a little bit better. By doing that, it give me a sense of what they already knew and I was able to help them understand what they didn't know.
Management of Physical Environment
How was this component treated in each of the observation sites you visited?
In each class that I've observed, the teacher pretty much handle each class the same way if things became a little chaotic. The teacher would become quiet to signal to the students that they were doing too much talking. Also, she would pull out a timer, timing how much time the students spent talking or how long it took for the students to finally settle-down. Whatever time was spent, the students had to spend that exact amount of time after class.
The teacher would pull out her iPhone to use its timer.
What was different? What was the same?
As I've stated before, the teacher did pretty much the same class management method for each class. The difference that I did observe was the behavior of the students in each class in reaction to this method. In a few of the classes, the students immediately became quiet as she started her timer, but in some of the other classes the students continued to talk and be disruptive.
Why do you think these issues were treated differently in the different sites?
The teacher used the same class management method for each class. There wasn't a different method used. The only differences that were observed was the behavior of the students.
Which approach, in your opinion, was the best? Why?
Although she used the same classroom management method for all of her classes, I personally wouldn't use this method because it isn't 100% effective nor does it guarantee that students will cooperate. In a sense, it may work on students who don't want to be penalized for their behavior, but for students who are careless to this type of punishment will see it as an "oh well" situation, seeing that it is only extra time after class and not a "real" form of disciplinary action.
Diversity & Demographics
What is one thing you will take away from your observations in terms of this specific component?
The one thing that I will take away from my observations in regards to this component is that not every student is physically and mentally the same. Therefore, I have to take it upon myself to teach them in ways that will accommodate with them.
Why did this make an impression on you?
It really didn't make much of an impression on me because I honestly expected more diversified classes.
How will this make you a good educator?
I believe that this will make me a good educator because I will be exposed to different students of different ethnicities and social classes, which will allow me to learn new and different ways to teach my students; especially methods that will accommodate with them and their idea of learning.