One of the first things I noticed when I began my field experience was that my cooperating teacher encouraged a lot of interaction between the students. The room was set up to facilitate teamwork when it was part of the lesson.
Shawn the Speedy Snail
For the interdisciplinary hook, I handed a group of boys a bag with 12 pencils in it. I told them to take as many as they wanted, then pass the bag to the next table. We discussed how their actions made everyone feel. The kids learned about cause and effect and how to do what's best for most and not just yourself.
This is too much work!
To help the students learn what "challenging" and "undefeated" meant, they played rock-paper-scissors until there was a victor. The game was quick and they had fun! What came alive is how important it is to use multimodal lessons. They learned two definitions in one fun, active lesson!
The cause was Shawn was kicked out for being greedy.
Yes, but the effect was that he learned his lesson in the end.
The story we read was about a very selfish snail. The students understood the story because the vocabulary and activities before reading had them interested in what would happen. They enjoyed the story, were engaged, and particiated in the checks for comprehension questions.
During my literacy event, I learned a lot about myself as a teacher. What really stuck out was how important it is to make sure what I've planned matches the capabilities of my students. I asked too much of them on the graphic organizer. I was too focused on quantity over quality
I think the biggest lesson I learned in my field experience was about the students. As a sub, I've had a tendency to discourage student interaction. I saw it as a distraction. Now I see the benefits of kids working together and interacting with one another. They need it and learn a great deal from one another.