Barrow Visit #7

Today was my┬álast day at Barrow this semester, for this class and a math class. I’ve been working with my math buddy for an hour and then coming into a 1st grade class for 2 hours. This experience has been very rewarding and has taught me a lot about the way students’ learn. Today, I observed the teacher reading Tale of Despereaux. Her class will be watching the movie in a few weeks. I then worked in the hall with a student, using flashcards to help her practice sight words. We started with just the sight word and then began adding silly sentences using the sight words. We went back into the class and I observed the teacher review sight words using the projector. She had an image up of the sight word and then filled in the blank at the bottom while the children used white boards to spell.┬áNext, I worked one-on-one in the hall with a student practicing the math that the whole class will be learning next week. I had sheets of paper with equations and we used a white board to solve them. The student picked up on this quickly and learned how to use the less than and greater than signs when comparing numbers. Lastly, I sorted and added to each student’s data reports for the semester. I really liked this idea and I aim to use it in my future classroom. This teacher collects data from every subject, including pre and post tests, to see the continuously improvement of each student. I’m definitely going to miss these kids!

 

Barrow Visit #6

Last week, the students were having a Storybook parade during the time I usually visit, so I did not go to Barrow. At Barrow this week, I observed the teacher as she lead students in a class reading and then assigned students to their “daily 5” groups. These include read-to-self, read to a friend, read on the iPads, word works, or making sight words with play dough. Once all of the students are in their correct groups, I worked one-on-one with a student that in fairly new. I worked with him a few weeks ago to assess his knowledge on counting, but today, I worked with him on some extra math help. He had a work sheet where he had to identity what number can be added onto a number to get 10. For example, 8 + ? = 10. I used a 10 bead bracelet to help him with numbers, separating 8 beads to one side and having him count the remaining beads. We worked on this for quite some time. Next, I pulled out another student to work with me in the hallway. We also practiced math! I wrote out word problems for her to solve, in which she had to decide if she used addition or subtraction based on the action. The numbers in these word problems were all below 10. I would have her draw circles to represent the objects and write a number sentence to go along with the word problem. After about 30 minutes, the class went out to recess and I helped stuff Monday folders.