I observed a 1st grade at the Jennie Reed Elementary School. The teacher’s name that I came to know very well as most of the children I am surrounded with at home had her was Mrs. Yee. The classroom environment was the appropriate for this grade because they had a lot of pictures and illustrations that they will use during the school year for example the multiplications; which to my surprise the majority of the class knew, the seasons, the alphabet, the colors, and the different books that the teacher will read for them in the future. It was quite nice and reminded myself of when I went to that school when I was younger. It brought back more memories than I thought, but not everything was the same things had changed.
Also another thing that I thought that was really good for the students each of them had their own desk with their own names that they decorated with colored pencils and markers and stickers and on top of it they have a little alphabet and the some color names, this will make a little bit easier for the students when they were writing or identifying a letter. Another good thing that I observed was that the teacher had a list of the different activities that they will have during the day, I thought that this will be a good way to let the students know that they will be doing that day.
A very good idea that probably all the elementary schools or only the first grades do is that the teacher has a special chair where they sit to read to the students , while the students are sitting on the floor listening to the lecture or the story that the teacher had chosen that day. I also noticed that there was a little section in the corner of the room with headphones and a little tape player. I was told that the little calendar on the wall was to keep track of who had already used the ‘reading machine’ and whose turn it was that day. They did this to make it fair so all the students had a turn with the tape player. I thought that was a very clever way to...
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