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Leticia Van Reek

EDU 202

Field Observation Packet

November 28th, 2017

Observation

1.The classroom environment is warm and welcoming to the students. It is decorated with a world map, fun posters,
students’ work, classroom rules and student’s grade sheets. The blackboard is at the front of the class next to the
teacher’s desk at the opposite wall from the entrance.

2. The student make up of the class showed that there are more boys than girls. Seventeen boys, 14 girls, all healthy, no
special needs children. This was an accelerated English class. There were 6 Hispanic students, 2 Asian, 3 African
American, and 20 Caucasian students.

3. The posted class rules are as follows:

Use class time wisely

Respect yourself and others.

Be prepared daily with homework, materials, and a cooperative attitude.

Be in your seat and beginning daily work when bell rings.

Raise your hand to speak during direction, instruction, and whole class discussion.

4. Mrs Sauve enforces these rules with rewards and consequences. Rewards are participation points to keep grades up,
Becker Bucks to buy stuff, and for students that complete their weekly reading plus assignments they are entered into a
drawing to win prizes. Consequences for noncompliance of these rules are: Verbal warning. Step outside of classroom.
Call home. Counselor referral. Dean referral. Suspension.
Classroom Layout

The space is used efficiently, with enough space between the student’s desks so the teacher can walk amongst the
students.
Instruction

The daily schedule is posted as follows for a total of 90 minutes of instruction:

Vocabulary 15 minutes

Grammar 15 minutes

Reading 30 minutes

Core writing 30 minutes

Instruction is delivered to the whole group.

Mrs Sauve’s teaching modality is that of Essentialism. She teaches a core subject in an advanced setting and aims to
teach students the American Language and character development. She uses verbal modality by explaining the lesson,
visual modality by using the projector and the kinesthetic modality by having the students work independently. Her
students all pay attention and are engaged in the lesson. Since this is an accelerated class and are grade oriented
students they all follow directions and wok efficiently. There are no students isolated from the rest of the class, or
working at a different pace. Mrs Sauve handles transitions from activity to activity by calling on students, explaining
what they will do next. It is very effective with this group, since they are grade oriented, alert and engaged at all times.
Some of her attention getting commands examples are:

Class, open up your journals!

All eyes up front, pay attention to the following video!

She shakes the canasta when she needs students to return to their desks.

She sounds the cowbell when she needs students to arrange in groups.

She shakes the maracas while counting down to readiness.

Mrs Sauve does not deal with any behavior issues. All students are well behaved and interested in the daily lessons. She
told me if she had to deal with behavior she would follow the regular method of first a verbal warning, 2nd she would get
the child outside of classroom, 3rd she would call home and speak with a parent, 4th counselor referral, 5th dean referral,
6th suspension. There are no policies or procedures that hinder instructional time. All procedures established by Mrs
Sauve in the class help instructional time, for example the way in which the rows go one at the time to get the Chrome
Books is an organize and effective way that helps maximize instructional time.
Culture

In the School

The parking lot is kept clean and traffic signs clearly signal the one way road to get in and out of it to keep traffic flowing
in one direction. The building is big and spacious, with an opening in the center where you can see the sky and there are
plants, making it a peaceful area. All doors leading in and out of the school only open from the inside, so anyone coming
in has to go by the office’s entrance. The school has a nice big gym, several basketball courts out back, and a big open
field to practice football. The wall by the entrance is decorated by a big painting of the Bighorn sheep, which is the
school’s mascot. Their mission statement is: “Ernest A. Becker Sr. Middle School's mission is to foster a challenging
learning environment that empowers students to reach their full academic potential”. The library and cafeteria have
great natural light from big windows. Interactions observed in the main office were very respectful and courteous. Staff
is very helpful and friendly through out the school, even the janitors. Outside the cafeteria which is big, clean and full of
natural light, there are big glass shelves where the school keeps the trophies won in basketball, dance and cheer, along
with the winning team pictures. It was very nice to see. They have a big list of extracurricular activities and clubs like
chess, archery, soccer and basketball, bowling, orchestra, guitar, etc. They have orchestra concerts every winter and
celebrate Spirit Day in November every year.

In the classroom

Mrs Sauve has high expectations for learning and success. She expects the best from her students, and they respond
very well. Everyone participates and is engaged in her classroom. They all raise their hands as it is expected. Interactions
between teacher and students are always respectful, warm and effective. Mrs Sauve has a strict but warm personality,
children find that they can ask her anything. It is a teacher centered classroom, and Mrs Sauve is very organized, with
great control of classroom pace, activities and timing. Looking at the student’s grades, one can see that her teaching is
very effective, with a large majority of children having all A’s and B’s.

Teacher’s Interview

1. The primary reason I became a teacher was that I had a fifth-grade teacher that inspired me. Also, I worked as a
lunch supervisor at a school and liked the school environment.
2. The main challenge I faced as a teacher was making sure children get their needs met, the high achievers and
the low achievers.
3. The best part of being a teacher is that it keeps you young, active, and educated. Every six years there is a
requirement of 6 credits taken to renew the teaching license.
4. I assign seating by personality, behavior, and academic level. Also, I rearrange sitting every 3 to 4 weeks.
5. I select members of any flexible groups by academic level, personality, conflict.
6. In middle school we do not interact with parents often. Only on Open House at beginning of the year, or maybe
for an after-school activity.
7. I do grading mostly at school, during prep period, and sometimes after school until 5 pm.
8. I prepare lessons for about an hour daily.
9. Organization is key. Leave nothing to chance. Time management is also very important.
10. Praise works wonders. And about behavioral consequences, this age group dislikes enormously to be singled
out, so removing the student from the classroom works great.
11. I do all the instructional planning and process. No specialist teachers involved.
12. I am evaluated once a year. The administrator will have a conference with me in which she will ask me to
evaluate myself and my goals for the year. Then she will observe my classroom and evaluate me. Then there will
be one last post observation meeting.
13. If the evaluation is non favorable it will impact your raise.
14. What surprised me most about the teaching profession was the politics involved.
Observing a student
I observed Rebecca during independent reading time of 30 minutes. She read the whole time without getting
distracted. I could tell she enjoyed her book and was a fast reader, turning pages at a good pace.

Summary

I was surprised about how well behaved this group of students was. It was a pleasure to observe them engaged on all
activities from reading independently, working on their Chromebooks to active discussion. It gave me hope that
classroom control is possible. I learned great and effective ways to transition from activities, and how important it is to
be organized to maximize instruction time.

I enjoyed the fact that even after twenty years of teaching, Mrs Sauve still loves the profession, and it shows. This is in
my opinion, the most important requirement regarding teacher success. One thing I noted, was that our textbook is spot
on about student demographics.

When I become a teacher, I will definitely keep my room organized with a clear set of rules that I will reinforce. I will also
implement attention calling with instruments, like Mrs Sauve, with a cowbell, maracas and a canasta. I will have well
organized teaching plans, that will engage and interest students and will make sure to have high expectations of them.

I only hope to live up to the standards set by Mrs. Sauve. This observation has provided me with a great example to
follow.