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EDU 305 WK5Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview Paper

EDU 305 WK5Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview Paper

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Classroom Observation and Teacher InterviewEDU 305April 17, 2012Christie Guite
Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview Paper 
Classroom Observation and Teacher InterviewMy classroom observation took place at Belgrade Central Elementary School
in Mrs. McKenzie’s
kindergarten class for about two hours. There were only twoadults present during the interview, myself, and Mrs. McKenzie
The observation took place from behind
the teachers table so I wouldn’t distract the students
or the teacher.During my observation I quickly concluded how well Mrs. McKenzie interacted withthe students and how well she used the developmental theory in the classroom.Teacher InterviewChristie: What is your professional background?Mrs. McKenzie: I graduated from UMO in 1996 with a B.S in Elementary Educationand specialized in Early Childhood. In 1996 I opened my own childcare center thatcared for up to 20 children with one fulltime and one part time helper. In 2000, Iopened up a Pre-school program at my day care center. I operated my own facility for10 years, until I became a Kindergarten teacher at Belgrade Central ElementarySchool in 2010. Last year was my first year as a teacher. For my first year, I felt itwent very well, considering the fact that I did not have an aide. I had to prepare andcoordinate the classroom on my own. This year the budget has allowed eachkindergarten class to have an aide. This allows for more reading and one on one withmy students.Christie: Have you had any professional training? Was it effective?Mrs. McKenzie: I had specific developmental training in my bachelors program. Thattraining was extremely effective. I recently completed RISC and Beacon training.
Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview Paper 
This training overall has helped our district toward a fully implemented RISC schoolwithin two years. It has been extremely effective.Christie: Do you consult with peers or specialists about developmental issues?Mrs. McKenzie: I am a member of 
our school’s Student
Spirit Team. Our team workswith the teachers on a bi-weekly basis concerning developmental issues. I alsocommunicate daily with any concerns that the teachers or students may have.Christie: What are the developmental issues you deal with in your classroom?a.
What are the academic abilities and challenges in your age group?Mrs. McKenzie: In my class the
cognitive skills of my students rangefrom high to low. Their learning ability ranges from entering kindergarten ready toread, to never being read to. Kindergarteners have a different range in cognitiveskills.b.
Do you feel that there is an academic difference with gender?Mrs.McKenzie: I have seven girls and 11 boys enrolled in my class. All childrenare physically similar.c.
Do they seem overwhelmed or stressed? Do they solve their ownproblems?Mrs McKenzie: Children at this age, are sometimes very emotional. They oftentimes display mixed emotions in different
. For children this agethis is normal and, I have to explain that to parents. Stress, overtired, or grief maybe reflected by crying. Crying seems to be a good stress reliever for my children. Itell the parents to allow them to cry, they will get a sense of their emotions andhow to deal with them eventually.

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