Describe the school and what was observed (activities, teaching methods, etc.)
My observation at Waukee Middle School provided a lot of great insight. I helpedin 6
grade Pre-Algebra classes taught by Jon Nost. These students are some of the mostadvanced for their age group and thus were able to work very independently. Mr. Nostgave a short period of direct instruction and the rest of the class was followed withcollaborative learning and guided instruction. Students were able to mainly learn by themselves or with small groups to master the material.I also learned much about how Waukee assesses. Students and the teacher decidetogether when they will test. This allows them to determine when they are ready and feelconfident in the material. This means all students may not assess at the same time, it is when the student is ready. Waukee also does standard based grading. This means each standard is assessed by a rubric for each student. The teachers created a rubric detailing what criteria eachstudent must meet to be at the level of beginning, developing, satisfactory, or exceedexpectations for each standard. When students assess their understanding is evaluated based off the rubric.These ideas are all things I want to implement in my class. Standards basedgrading is something that takes a lot of work but also that can be valuable andeliminates point counting. I also loved how much independent learning happened.Students knew the routine and expectations and worked together to solve problems.This would not work in all classes but with students at a high level, standards basedgrading would be amazing.
Teacher Signature: Date: School and Grade Level:
April 24, 2012 Waukee Middle School, 6