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What to look for during an elementary classroom observation.

Included in the solution are ways to analyze goals and philosophies of the classroom by observing the teacher, interaction between teachers and student, behaviors of students, and classroom environment. The classroom used was a kindergarten class where the observer saw the students counting and singing during circle time, then needed to write a field observation. Ideas are given on how to analyze the observation based on the following:
a. Teacher's educational goals
b. Learning environment
c. Classroom procedures and rules
d. Role of the teacher
e. Student/teacher relationship
f. Curriculum
g. Teaching methods
h. Use of technology as a resource
i. Assessment

The ideas presented can be used for any elementary classroom setting.

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Here is the observer's original assignment. The observer saw a kindergarten class during circle time singing and counting.

1. Look for and make notes regarding the following:
a. Teacher's educational goals
b. Learning environment
c. Classroom procedures and rules
d. Role of the teacher
e. Student/teacher relationship
f. Curriculum
g. Teaching methods
h. Use of technology as a resource
i. Assessment
Prepare a 350- 700-word Reflection Paper regarding your observation experience. Include the educational philosophy (or philosophies) most closely demonstrated by the classroom teacher, and explain how you came to that conclusion. (Keep in mind that teachers often use an eclectic philosophical approach.)
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Here are some ideas for analyzing the classroom:

a. Teacher's Educational Goals - here you mentioned the counting and the singing. Try to take it a step further by thinking about what else was going on. Were the kids counting together or doing individual work? Maybe part of the goal was socialization and team work?

b. Learning Environment - were the kids at ease? What did the classroom look like? Were supplies easily available? Were the desks arranged in groups or individually? Did the children feel comfortable asking questions? Was the class controlled or chaotic? Did the ...

Solution Summary

When observing a classroom for a short period of time, it is often difficult to determine what the goals and philosopies of the teacher are. Included in the solution are things to look for in an elementary classroom to help the observer analyze, and write a field observation about the following items:
a. Teacher's educational goal
b. Learning environment
c. Classroom procedures and rules
d. Role of the teacher
e. Student/teacher relationship
f. Curriculum
g. Teaching methods
h. Use of technology as a resource
i. Assessment

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