Archive | December, 2013

Observation of Andrea Bing

2 Dec

Diary Sheet when Visiting & Observing other Classrooms


Date: 3/ 12/13                                    Term: 4                  Classroom:  N        Observer:  Alicia Kyle observing Andrea Bing (M.S.S)

What learning is going to happen during the visit: – Discussed prior   to visit

Phonics is the focus for learning. I also want to observe the way   Andrea manages the children in her class, at year 1 and 2, so I can see how I   need to act in my role as teacher for 2014.



Description of practice



Future Steps








Teacher   handed out resources.

Children   used a mini white board and a white board marker.

Part   of routine in day (5-10 minutes.)

Children   set up their whiteboard. Sun in top corner, box in bottom corner.

Teacher   said sentence for the children.

Children   then wrote the sentence out, using punctuation.

Sentence:   I went on the tramp but I felt cold and damp in the hut.

(on   a card Andrea already had made up- the children do not see the card it is   just a lesson on card for the teacher to pull out and easily use)

Teacher   then writes the sentence on the whiteboard. Children mark and count up their   ticks.

Ticks   are gained for:

Sounds   (mp), fast words, finger spaces, capital letter (at start), and full stops   (at the end).

They   pair assess by telling their buddy of the week what they now need to focus on   after today’s session.


Other   ideas I observed in Andreas Room:






Birthday walls


Writing island

(Look at appraisal folder 2013 for notes)

















It   was so well implemented the children were quiet, focused and on task with   their learning.



Children   have to write the sentence and words correctly. Letters all the correct   direction, spaces used, capital letters, full stops and forming the letters   correctly.





Children   are self-aware of where they need to improve and can check for themselves   allowing them to learn from their mistakes- not the teacher marking and then   the child is unaware of what they have done incorrect.











Allows   the children to use and work on their Oral Language skills. Another form of   reading.




This   displayed the assessment levels and achievement on walls for children to see.

Children   would move themselves when they progress- they are aiming to get to the ship   and it shows the surface and the deeper features by underwater.








I   noticed their spelling and punctuation abilities were very high and they had   a deep understanding of this.


I liked how Andrea said to me the letters are pointed away from the sun on the whiteboard or towards it depending on the sound they make and how they are formed e.g. d- the dog likes to warm its back in the sun etc.


I   liked how the children assessed easy for the teacher and great responsibility   for the children in the classroom.









Using   poetry allows reading and writing to become fun- especially if you use a   funny poem.





Great   for children to use and see on wall to aim to get to the next level. VERY   EFFECTIVE on the wall for parents to see how their children are going too.



I   would love to go to this course and learn how to implement it into my   classroom programme from the beginning of the programme. It was very beneficial   to all learners and it helped them with their spelling, punctuation and   sounds.


Look on YouTube- lots of clips to support phonics ideas and lessons.


Phonics Training Course- I will try to find access to this resource   training manual. (make up cards for resources to use within the classroom)
















Next year aim to have a poem of the week and work on using this each   week to work on Oral Language skills, reading and writing skills. Have a   focus every day that is different building up the children in a range of   areas using one resource.



This   looked AMAZING on the wall. VERY effective and I would definitely like to apply   this or use a similar model in my own classroom.

NEXT STEP: find a pirate   ship and waves, boats, crabs etc.