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Yesica Diaz

EDU 203- 1002

Dr. Warby

October 22, 2016

Field Observation Summary

I am so glad that this is a portion of our education classes. Yes making time to go and

observe in a classroom might seem like a daunting and tedious task, I know it is for me. I

have to request time off of work and then figure out how to work it into my schedule. The

results are very much worth it. I have met far too many people who once they have

completed their degree come to the awful realization that they dont like their new

profession! I cannot imagine what that would feel like!

This was my second classroom that I have observed in. Previously I observed in a fifth

grade class and Im glad I did because I realized that, while I still wanted to be a teacher, I

did not want to be a fifth grade one. During this course I observed in a second grade

classroom and I loved it! Mrs. Reyes at Whitney Elementary was a great teacher host and I

learned a lot from her. This tiny school nestled in a rough neighborhood does a lot of things

right! For example Mrs. Reyes has sixteen students and so do all other second grade teachers.

Their teacher to student ration is great and very considered both for the teachers and students.

This is something that I have ever given much thought to, but will definitely will from now
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on. Once I am licensed I need to carefully select a school that put teacher and student needs

on the same level!

Regarding instruction I learned a lot this time around. I also learned a lot about how I

want to instruct in the future. Mrs. Reyes is very careful as to how she transitions from one

subject to another and this too was a new thing for me. She has a timer with a soft melody

and she uses it on a smart board to signal to her students how much time is left for their

particular activity. This timer lets the kids know that they do have to at times work faster

than other times. In this way her instructional time is not hindered, which is something very

important considering all the subjects and activities she must get through!

Also regarding instruction time I learned a lot from the students. Even though there were

only sixteen of them, they could get to be a handful. Students at that age are very chatty and

tactile so they want to be shown exactly how everything is done. Another thing I gleaned was

that they need to be reassured constantly, whether it is verbally, with a sticker, or class

points. I currently work at a high school and I would need to get used to these things if this

were to be the grade level I pursued. I also observed social and academic differences, and

that wasnt new to except in this age group. What I mean is I knew these differences existed

but not so drastically and at such a young age! This was a realization for me, because now I

know that young students are just as diverse and compare very, very differently academically

even though they are in the same grade.

During lunch on my second day I was able to interview Mrs. Reyes and ask her the

cooperating teacher questions found in our packet. She was very detailed in her answers, to

point where we spent the entire lunch going over them. I really appreciated her sincere
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answers. One that really stood out to me was when I asked her what the main challenge she

faces as a teacher. She frankly spoke to me about how time management is crucial because of

family and outside of work responsibilities. She talked to me about how hectic her work

schedule can get and how she often has to bring home work and lesson plan on her Sunday

evenings. I just never thought about this aspect of the profession, but now Ill be more

considerate of it.

After hearing that I was more intimidated by the profession but Mrs. Reyes did put me at

ease. She spoke to me about how she does receive much support from her school. She has a

second grade department, of which she is chair, and they get together and lesson plan often

and there for on another if need be. In this aspect she receives instructional support. She

also receives much financial support from her school in materials. She rarely has to purchase

anything at all. Sadly Whitney Elementary has a high percentage of homeless students and

therefore the school has many, many sponsors who front the financial end of her job, as far

as materials such as books, paper, and computers and so on. Another type of support for Mrs.

Reyes comes in the form of a school achievement coach. I had never heard of this individual

position before, but it is pretty self-explanatory what this persons job is. I think it is great

that this individual is available to all the teachers and their sole purpose is to just help.

I am really appreciative of being offered the opportunity every semester to observe and

hone my skills as a future educator. Some aspects of this career choice are intimidating but I

know now more than ever I want to pursue this degree in this profession. I am reaffirmed in

my choice and am now even able to narrow my choice down to a grade level and even a type

of school and that is something that is so priceless!