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TASK 1: Getting to Know the Learning Environment

TASK 1: School Profile


Name of school: Wellspring school
Location: Ras Alkahima,
KuzamTASK 1: Getting to Know the Learning Environment
Principal: Mr. Dan Curry
TASK 1: School Profile
Deputy Principal: Ms. Marilyn Lane
Tel: o7- 2362446

E-mail: info@tws-rak.org

Address: 34B st- Dafar Alkhor- Ras Alkhaimah- UAE

PO Box: 3453

Teachers Starting Time:


2:45

7:30

Finishing Time:

Students Starting Time:

8:00

Finishing

Total Number of Classroom Teachers in the school: 22


Total Number of Children in the school: 320
Teacher / student ratio: 15
Number of Classrooms: Facilities available to student teachers:

30 classrooms
Medium canteen
Small gym
Share the library and the science lap with RAK Academy.

Class for this Practicum: KG2-B


Mentoring Classroom Teacher: Ms. Teri Gonske
Classroom Teaching Assistant: Ms. Shimna and Ms. Shaudia
Number of children in this class: 19
Number of children identified as having SEN in this class: 1
Additional information: e.g. English, Arabic, Islamic Studies teachers

Arabic teacher is Ms. Maha

School Nurse: Ms. Peggy Curry


Librarian: Physical Education Teacher: Ms. Amanda

TASK 2: Focus on the Learners

TASK 2: Discover and learn about how students think and learn
Use this table to document the profile of the students in the class.
Step 1: Observe and interact with the students to discover how they think
and learn.
Step 2: Photograph (if possible) and talk to students to get an idea about
who they are, their likes, dislikes, their preferred learning styles
and areas they might need more assistance.
Step 3: Discuss with your mentor to ensure that your analysis is accurate.

Class List for Class: KG2, B


Name / Photo of
Child / Age

MENTOR Name: Ms. Teri

Student profile (Learning styles, interests and


areas of concern)
Adam is a very calm boy, he loves the colorful stickers.
His favorite activity is matching numbers with pictures.
He wants to be a football player in the future.

Adam, 5-yearold

Alya, 5-year-old

Ameera, 5-yearold

Anna, 5.5-yearold

Callum, 5-yearold

Daphnie, 5-yearold

Daphnie is a very helpful student, she always Helps


others colleagues. She like drawing and coloring. And
she always pretends that she is a teacher and start
teaching her friend during recess. She wants to be a
teacher when she will grow up.

Gihan, 5-yearold

Gihan is a clever and kind girl, she always tries to avoid


bickering. She enjoys doing the word picture matching
and reading to self. She wants to be a dentist in the
future.

Alya is a lovely student, she is the first one in the class


who intrude here self to me. She like playing puzzle and
the most enjoyable activity for here is matching the
picture with the letter. She wants to be a doctor.
Amera is a very quiet student. she is smart and, her
favorite activity is reading to self. She wants to be a
dentist in the future.
Anna is a friendly girl and everyone in the class love
here. She likes writing letters and coloring. She wants to
be a teacher in the future.
Callum is a kind boy. He enjoys building things by unfix
cubes. He always asks for help gently. And he like
recycling. He wants to be a fire man.

George, 5-yearold

George is a dependable student who like to do things by


hem self. He enjoys gluing things and recycling. He
wants to be a mechanic when he grows up.

Mariam, 5-yearold

Mariam is a social student and brave one, who expresses


her opinion and feeling honestly. She like the kinesthetic
activities, like making the letters using clay, and acting
the story events. In the future, he wants to be a Mac
Donald's worker.

1
0

Marwan, 6-yearold

Marwan is a very lovely student. He always follows the


teacher instruction. He like painting and coloring, he is
also good in writing.

1
1

Malak, 6-yearold

Malak is a calm student. She is good in writing and


coloring. She wants to be a teacher.

1
2

Naya, 6-year-old

Naya is a creative student. Her favorite activity is


painting, she also enjoys reading to self-activity. She
wants to be an artist.

1
3

Omar, 5-year-old

1
4

Raghad, 5-yearold

Omar is special educational needs student. He is a smart


kid and always tries his best in learning. He is good in
writing letters and some words. He is good in the
kinesthetic activities like acting the alphabet song and
the stories.
Raghad is a quiet student. She feels shy from talking to
adults. She is good in making letters by clay. She wants
to be a teacher when she will grow up.

1
5

Rayan, 5.5-yearold

1
6

Saif, 5-year-old

1
7

Shaikha, 5-yearold

1
8

Yewon, 4.5-yearold

Yewon is very intelligent girl. Her hand writing is very


good. She like painting and drawing. She can read short
stories.

1
9

Yusuf, 5-yearold

Yusuf is a quiet and silent student, he rarely talks in the


class, instead he prefers to point to things. He is very
good in writing letters, word and even short sentence.
He wants to be a doctor in the future.

Rayan is a very kind and sensitive student. He like


helping and sharing with others. He enjoys playing with
clay. He is good in writing and drawing. He wants to be a
teacher.
Saif is a very active student. He likes playing with cars.
He has a good hand writing and he can read and write
words. He is a member in the martial art club. He want
to be a police man in the future.
Shaikha is a very quiet student. She prefers making
letters with clay instead of writing them. She always
plays with the community helpers puppets.

TASK 3: Behaviour Management


TASK 3: Reframing Behavioural Characteristics
Discuss the general behavioural characteristics of some of the
children in your class with the class teacher and record these in
table form. E.g. Table 4 below.
Behavioural Characteristics Record Sheet
Name
General behavioural Possible
Suggestions to
of child characteristics
Reason for
help improve
behaviour
behaviour?
1
He is a very cilent
He meybe feard
The most
student. He refuce to
from adults or
important thing
talk to anyone in the
prefer to not
is to not force
Yusuf
class specially the
interact with
hem to speak
adults.
them.
and be pationt
with hem so he
can feel safe and
know that there
is nothing to
fread of.
She always knocks over
2
She is trying to
Talking with her
other colleagues when
copy her older
about the
the teacher go to other
brother behavior problem and
groups
and
during
the
Shaikha
telling her that
reses.
this is a bad
behavior. If she
keep repating
the behavior,
forbeding her
from an activity
she like might
reduce the wrong
behavior.
3
She get mad quiqly if
Maybe her parnts A possible
she didnt git what
at home give her solution is to
she want
what she want
egnor her when
Mariam
when ever she
she get mad
asks. And when
then talk to her
she get mad they about her
care more about behavior and tell
her requists.
her that it is a
bad one.
4
She doodle on her
She might think
Encarouging her
friends worksheets.
that her friend
and give
Raghad
work is better
attention to her
than her
work. Also,

display her work


on the board or
the wall so she
feels confident
about her self

TASK 4: Investigating Learning Styles


TASK 4: Learning styles
Make notes about activities you observe in the classroom which use
the learning styles below:
Auditory

Visual

Kinesthetic

Math
Counting to
100 every
day

Science
-

Drawing the
tally marks
for the
numbers
from 1-10
on the
white board
Making
numbers
using clay.

Reading
When the
teacher
read a story
to the class
and then let
them
discuses in
pairs.
When the
teacher
shows them
the picture
in the book

Writing
Sounding
the letter
before they
write it

Asking the
students to
draw or act
the story
events

Holding the
pencil

Copying
the letters

Answer the following questions:

Which learning styles did all the children seem to enjoy and
why?
The kinesthetic activities are the favorite for them,
because at this young age of five children tend to be
more active, and doing activities that involve moving
around and making things by their hand are like
playing for them and they dont feel that it is a task
they must do like writing or reading.

Why do you think the teacher incorporates a variety of


learning styles for the children?
Because, every student has his/her own way of thinking
and learning. So, making different activities will ensure
that all the students are learning. And as Gardner's
theory demonstrate that every person has specific
intelligences he/she uses to understand the world.

Notice which activities are repeated with a variety of learning


styles e.g. read a story, listen to a story, act the story, and
draw the story. Can you find other examples e.g. math or
science?
When they are doing the number of the day the
teacher write the number on the board and ask some
students to draw the tally marks, pictures, coloring the
blocks, find it in the number line on the board. Then
she asks them to find things in the class that present
this number.

How can teachers improve student learning by using a range


of learning styles?
To have an interesting lesson that motivate the students to
learn. And to give a chance for all the students to learn

the concepts even if they have variety intelligences.

TASK 5: Classroom Resources


TASK 5: Mathematical and/or Reading Resources in the Classroom

Discuss possibilities for implementing activities using these resources with


your peer List of resources that target specific mathematical and/0r
reading skills and concepts in the class
Mathematical and reading
Resources found in the classroom:

The dice

Plastic numbers

The community
helper's puppets

Mathematics Skill / Concept that


can be developed with it.

Suggest possible
activities to develop
mathematical skills and
concepts using these
materials

My MST uses the dice to teach the


words, where she prepares a
worksheet with some general words
that the students must know, (I, like,
the, and, etc..). and they have to
roll the dice and see what number
they got, then spell the word that
have this number and write it.

The dice can be used


between the students, where
everyone should choose a
number and then they must
roll the dice. The student of
the number then have to say
a word or a short sentence.

The teacher uses this number to


tech ordering, as one of the groups
activity.

The plastic numbers can be


used to teach the pupils the
numbers, or in a searching
game, where every student
must choose a number then
search for things in the class
that presents the number
that they have. Also, in
rational counting

The teacher uses those puppets to


explain the community helper by
showing them the puppets.

The puppets can be used


in making short play. Ask
the students to choose a
puppet then talk about it
and what kind of
materials they use.

TASK 6: Mentor Teacher Interview


TASK 6: Interview your mentor on the roles and responsibilities of a
teacher
Roles &
responsibilities

Questions to ask
mentor

Comments

Teaching the curriculum

What is your
responsibility when
teaching the
curriculum?

Preparing the lessons

How do you prepare


your lessons?

Classroom outlook

Do you think designing


the classroom helps
your teaching?

Taking the attendance

Dose taking the


attendance for the
students is something
important?

Managing the student's


behavior

Do you think you are


responsible for
managing student's
behavior?

Building healthy
relationships with the
colleagues

What is your
relationship with other
teachers?

Building healthy
relationships with the
colleagues

What are your


responsibilities toward
parents?

The most important thing is to


cover the curriculum with the
students and make sure that they
understand the content to be
ready for the exams.
Making a lesson plan will
organize your lesson. And making
activities that are interesting and
fit the age level. And
differentiating the activities per
the student's levels will help all
the students to benefit from the
lesson and understand its
concepts.
It is important to have a
comfortable clean classroom that
inspire the students to learn with
some colorful designs, especially
for young students.
It is a very important thing to
take the attendance to know who
come to the school and who's
not. And then call their parents to
check why they are absent.
It is important to control student
behavior to have a smooth
lesson. And helping them to
increase good behavior will make
them good students
Respecting and helping other
teachers is something useful for
the school community. Also,
exchanging the ideas and
materials will progress the
teaching proses
Talking with parents and giving
them feedbacks about their child
will give them a general sight of
his/her progress and challenges
that he/she face in the school.
Also, showing them that you care
about their children will make
them trust you and the school for
their children.