Focus on one student for 2-3 minutes. Write down what you observed. What did you learn from watching this student and recording the data?
How can observation be used to improve your teaching practice and student learning?
Since during my observation time I get to view two classes, I am going to write about two different experiences from each class. The first class that I went to was an English nine, honors class. Mr. M started off the morning by telling them that it is reading day. Some of the students got to reading steadily, and of course, majority played hand games, talking, dancing and etc. Slightly after this, Mr. M instructed the students to quiet down, however, undoubtedly, some students still continued to be off task. During this whole time, I was also focusing on one student in particular. Right from the times that the teacher instructed the students to start reading, Sue went straight to her book and has not kept her eyes off of it since.
The second class that I observed was an advanced placement English twelve class. The vibe that these twelfth graders brought to the classroom was a tremendous difference compared to the ninth graders. Right when the teacher started speaking, the students were quiet as a mouse. There were a couple of students that I couldn’t shake though. I looked at John and Bell throughout the whole time I was there. They both seemed to look depressed and their faces showed no emotion, no smiles, and hardly any eye contact with the classroom. This made me deeply wonder about how you can get these students to engage. Are they doing okay or are they just having a bad day? How do you come across these kinds of situations?
Overall, I learned that ninth graders can still be a bit rowdy even if they’re in an honors class. I also learned that there will be some students in your classroom that will seem sad and disengaged, and you have to somehow make that student comfortable enough so that they will let you in and you can help them.