I have recently moved to my second placement for my O&P class. I have recently started in Crawford, Nebraska with a kindergarten class. I had never seen a kindergarten class before besides when I was that age. I thought this was the perfect time to see how someone manages a group of students that young. I can only learn so much from reading online so learning first hand has been great.
So far in this classroom these kids respond so well to everything the teacher asks of them. I have notice that school wide the thing that gets the students is saying class, class and the students respond to yes, yes. I loved this tactic because so many teachers try to talk over the students and nothing gets accomplished. The students think it is great and respond so well. In addition, other ways she gets the students attention is by rhyming phrases. It is fun for them and keeps them excited about what is going on in the classroom.
I have also noticed other things in this classroom in my time there. She expects the students to be very respectful to her and each other. Even at such a young age she has them say please and thank you to everything. I really loved the fact that when they go to answer a question from her that she has them stand and deliver their answers. They have to stand up straight and speak in a loud voice. I had never seen a teacher do this before but I loved it! I feel that at a young age students are learning how to respond and be confident in their answers by doing it this way.
She has classroom jobs for the students as well. She has someone be the line leader. They know their role. In addition, when they left the other day they were not being quiet. She would make them sit down and they would wait to be called on again to line up at the door. She dismissed them by what they were wearing. I thought that making them sit down and trying it again made them learn to follow directions.
I go back to this classroom one more time next before my time there comes to an end. I am so excited to see what I learn next time I got. I have learned so much this far and I am feeling more prepared each time. For more information about the Crawford Public Schools click here.