I did my student
teaching in a first grade classroom at Anderson Elementary in Grand Blanc,
Michigan. Anderson is a primary building, housing students in
kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Anderson offers a full range
of special education, from an inclusion program to a self-contained
program. Anderson students receive physical education, Spanish, art, and
music, as well as an intensive academic curriculum.
I was responsible for 24 students during my student teaching assignment.
For approximately eight weeks, I was responsible for all of the teaching in the
classroom. I taught language arts, math, science, and social studies to my
first graders. During this time, I learned about classroom management,
effective weekly lesson planning, assessment, and many other important classroom
language arts lessons consisted of whole group and small group reading. We
also did process writing as a whole group, as well as individual journal
writing. Students completed daily skill sheets, which helped them to
master basic first grade grammatical and phonemic skills, as well as basic
science lessons consisted of hands-on science activities. During my
student teaching, we completed two science units--Balance and Motion, and Solids
and Liquids. All of the activities in the units were experiments that the
students did in small groups or individually. Some of our activities
included combining solids and water, mixing various liquids with water, and
balancing a pencil on it's point.
math lessons consisted of both a math workbook and manipulatives. Students
frequently used manipulatives to master basic concepts, then they completed the
appropriate pages in their workbook as an extension. Sometimes we studied
math as a whole group; sometimes we worked in small groups or individually.