All entries for Thursday 05 January 2012
January 05, 2012
From my second Placement at Goodyers End School in Bedworth, in Year 2, I found it interesting that the class teacher aimed to hear each child read every week. She used a plan whereby 5 children per day she would hear read to help their development and track progress. Whilst I was at the school I also helped listen to readers and looked at children’s reading diaries to assess how much they had been doing at home. I found myself competent in this area and enjoyed listening to the children read. I asked lots of questions about the passages read to try and improve children’s understanding of what they were reading. I found it encouraging that there was definitely a strong push at the school to develop children’s reading from an early age to help them in the future.
My own personal reading to the class I believe had developed greatly from PP1; I believe my voice was clear and expressive during the passages that I read out to the class. One book in particular called ‘The little Bear’ in which I used to help introduce the Light and Dark topic in Science I believe was a huge success. The book was about a little bear that couldn’t sleep because it was too dark so the father bear had to help him by explaining light and dark. The children enjoyed the book and there was a real anticipation and silence in the class as I read on. After I had finished I asked the children to share with each other their thoughts on light and dark before moving on to discussing types of light in every day life.
I believe as the placement went on I grew in confidence with my reading ability, expression and eye contact with the class. I also feel that my loud tone of voice also helps with my reading in the classroom.
I have just reviewed your Science Lesson during my lunch. Probably not ideal to eat and read but I enjoyed the lesson plan and think the children would find it amusing and enjoyable. I think the idea of using different materials and asking them to think of other materials they could use is very good. I also like that you have given them a method of recording their results and given them clear guidlines as to what to do.
One way that I feel that you could adapt the lesson is to ask children to make predictions before about which material they think would work the best at plugging the hole in the boat.
Hope this helps and hope your placement has been a success.
(Copied From Email to Fliss Hyett).