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Circle one age group/grade: 2nd

Section 1. Physical Environment (this section may include pictures)

Documentation/examples (15 points)

A. Equipment (general listing of large items)

1. indoors
computers, desks, chairs, white boards, map, shelf.

2. outdoors
jungle gym, swing,vegetable garden(if it counts)

B. Room arrangement (drawing of room arrangement)


C. Centers (include type of each center and materials available to children within
that center)
1. computer center:
the teacher selects some students each time to use a computer. The students at the computer
select a free online math game from their class math page or some other software that meets
their needs.

2. reading center:
students pick a book from the shelf and seat on the rug, start reading a book.

3. listening center:
for this center, all the students and teacher work together, to explore something new, the
teacher read the book and ask questions, and the students do small group discussion and
answer questions. (they studied about insects when i was observing them).

*D. EVALUATION (15 points)

I think the environment and materials reflect only a single culture, there are students for variety
of backgrounds, teacher should hang more positive pictures from Asian, Mexico also Africa
America. That will make all kids feel pride of their own country. (DAP293)

Available materials are limited, teacher should provide a variety of materials to actively engage
them in a range of learning experiences. (DAP294)

I think the vegetable garden is a great idea. Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning
opportunities in a wide array of disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, language
arts and nutrition. Because best way for children to learn is by see it and touch it. (Learn
through class)

Section 2. Curriculum (make appointment with teacher for interview)

Documentation/Examples (15 points)

A. Philosophy

1. Teacher's philosophy (interview of teacher)

She believes that all the student can learn, no matter their background or ability. As a teacher
she is willing to help every child to learn and also creating a caring environment for every kid.

2. Center/School philosophy (copy of statement)

C.H.Decker    school  philosophy    
In  the  elementary  school  we  recognized  that  school  must  be  a  safe  and  encouraging  environment  that  fosters  
risk  taking  necessary  for  the  full  development  of  a  child.    Realizing  that  children  are  motivated  to  learn  when  

they  experience  success  and  develop  understanding,  teachers  include  finding  and  using  information,  making  
connections  across  the  curriculum,  and  organizing  learning  around  new  concepts.  
We  believe  that  children  take  responsibility  for  their  learning  when  they  understand  what  it  means  to  learn,  
to  be  reflective,  and  to  set  and  reach  personal  learning  goals.    Knowing  that  children  have  their  own  unique  
learning  styles,  lessons  are  structured  to  meet  the  needs  of  all  learners  in  the  classroom  with  ongoing  
assessment  strategies  and  timely  feedback  to  support  continuous  learning.  
A  quality  education  is  supported  by  a  collaborative  effort  between  home  and  school.  In  order  for  students  to  
reach  their  potential,  they  must  see  their  parents  and  teachers  working  together.    Parents  are  encouraged  to  
become  active  participants  at  school  through  volunteering  in  the  classrooms  or  the  school  library,  
participating  in  special  school  events  such  as  “Back  to  School  Night”  and  parent  workshops,  or  attendance  at  
student  performances.  

B. Goals (What children are expected to learn)

1.   Program goals (should be found in parent handbook)

To help students understand themselves.
To provide crisis intervention when necessary.
To coordinate the efforts of others with those of parents, teachers, and other staff members.
To help develop personalized programs based on each child’s strengths, weaknesses, and
To help students learn to become aware of the consequences of their behavior.
To encourage students to become successful and self-aware learners

2. Classroom goals (interview of teacher)

Experience both academic and social growth.

C. Lesson Plans (A copy of at least one week’s plans)

(Attached by the end )

D. Individualization (interview of teacher concerning planning for individual

children's needs/learning styles/etc.)

It is very important to see every child is different. Keep an open communication with the
parent; remind both of the school and classroom rules. Work together to develop a goal and
plan to help the student improve. Always stay firm, consistent, fair, and patient with all students.

*E. EVALUATION (15 points)

She mentioned that to create a caring environment is very important, the excellent teacher
make it a priority to develop a warm positive relationship with each child. Because the children
can learn best when they know the teacher loves them and care about their feelings. (DAP35)

It is good for teacher and parents share information in ways that are clear, respectful. Because
the more intensely parents are involved, the more beneficial the achievement effects. Family

members may take a part in classroom activities such as sharing a cultural event or

When I look at the lesson plan that the teacher gave me, I can tell that is too much for second
grade students, the lecture too focused on academic areas and they should give more attention
to social-emotional dimensions. (DAP290)

Section 3. Guidance (3 specific objective observations for each)

Documentation/Examples (15 points)

A. Routines (specific objective observations of routines being carried out)

1.   When the students come to classroom in the morning, they first hand in their
homework and then start reading a book.

2.    A  finger  to  the  lips  when  the  students  pass  the  hall  way.

B. Classroom rules (specific objective observations of posted rules as and/or

how children are reminded of rules)

1.   Follow the directions quickly. (the teacher told class to put the art work away and need to
find a math book. She said it is April of second grade, thank you for the group 4 following
directions quickly, and after that mentioned another student’s name, that he did not put his
art work away.)

2.   Raise your hand for permission to leave the seat. (There was one boy raised his hand
while the teacher was talking, she said it was not the time, you cannot leave the seat now.)

C. Teacher Interactions (Specific objective observations of how teacher interacts with

children during regular activities/lessons)

1.   Teacher asks class a question, and let several students share their opinions.

2.   Teacher walk around the classroom while the students work individually and check on
some students if they need extra help.

3.   Reading time, the teacher spends more time with ESL students, help the students
pronounce and understand each word better.

D. Guidance Techniques (Specific objective observations of the teacher utilizing


1.   Offering students choices.(When a child finished his coloring picture, teacher gave
the girl two choices, go to the computer center or read a book, she choose to read
a book.)

2.   Guidance methods which build children’s self-esteem and confidence in

themselves( the teacher said walk please instead of no running.)

3.   Redirection (during class one boy was drawing something on the book, teacher
said please follow us )

*E. EVALUATION (15 points)

Teacher should not mention that boy’s name just because he did not put the art work away,
because compare students is really bad behavior for a teacher, it will hurt student’s feeling also
may results in low self-esteem. (Learn through class)

Another issue I thought was that teacher never gave a break to students, the schedule is very
rigid, she even didn’t let the boy go to the bathroom, because she was talking. It is not
appropriate to let students sit still for long period of time. (DAP294)

Teacher designs all classroom activities to allow all children understand and full participate
include that children from ESL program. And she also gives extra attention to those kids.