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  1. 1. @ Robert Morgan Educational Center Service Learning Interactive Journal Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  2. 2. Classroom Environment Classroom composed of around 36-40 students Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Ortiz Grade Level: 9th Grade Subject: World History (A.P./Honors) Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  3. 3. Overview Attendance Verbal/Written Review Extra Credit Grading End of the Year Party Lecture Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  4. 4. Classroom Layout White Board Teachers Desk Door Students Desks Storage Areas Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  5. 5. First Arrival When I first arrived to the class Mrs. Ortiz introduced me to the students and I got to sit down at her desk while she began to greet the class and take attendance. I was quickly taken in by the many motivational posters and beautiful decorations. I could see how the kids in the class could stay interested in the subject. The students helped me feel welcome from the start, they were all very kind to me Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  6. 6. Verbal/Written Review On the second day that I arrived one of the assignments Mrs. Ortiz gave her students was a review of the school year and her teaching methods. She told the students to each take out a piece of paper. She then would ask a a series of questions pertaining to her methods of instruction and then asked the students to comment on whether they would like to see future changes whether it be more lessons or more verbal assessments, etc. Once she collected all the papers we then sat down at her desk and reviewed the answers while the students watched a movie called Safe Haven. She told me that every year she conducts this review and makes several alterations to her lesson plans so that there can be improvement in the class. (FEAP (a)4 - Assessment) Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  7. 7. Extra Credit / Grading For the end of the year Mrs. Ortiz told her students to bring in the two review books that they used for the AP Exam, She asked each student to come up and hand in their books. For each book they would receive and extra credit A. Throughout this process I was able to see how she spoke to students one on one. She was respectful, and tried to help each student get a better grade for the end of the year, even if the extra credit did not change their grade, she told them that it would help their overall GPA. and able to see a little about how the Grade Book worked. Throughout the grading process, Mrs. Ortiz received a call about a concerned parent regarding their children’s performance and grade in the class. She stepped outside to take the call, and when she came back she explained how although the parent was impatient she made sure to be calm and respectful always. She carefully reviewed all of the students grades and assignments to the parents and also explained how she told the student on multiple occasions what she needed for her to pass the class. FEAP (b)2 - Professional Responsibility and Ethical Conduct Overview Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  8. 8. End of the Year Party For the end of the year party Mrs. Ortiz wanted it to be a celebration for her AP class as well as honoring them for raising money for the Cancer Research Foundation. She asked the class what they wanted to do as far as watching a movie or setting up a video game a system for everyone to play.She made sure to tell them that if they chose a movie it had to be rated G, PG, or PG-13. For food and refreshments, she asked the students if they had any allergies, and made sure to pick foods that were not spicy and gave options for vegetarians. The day of the party the kids were excited to finally have made it to the end of the year. Some brought their own homemade desserts, and I got to try a few :) Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  9. 9. Final Remarks At the end of the class I asked Mrs. Ortiz if I could get 10 minutes alone with the class, during this time I asked the students to give their opinion of their year with her and what they thought about her. I asked each student to write down a nice comment or memory on the board with their name. It was nice to read all the comments, and it touched me how a teacher could have such an effect on her students. I would like to someday get that chance to help students learn and reach their potential. When I finally brought Mrs. Ortiz back in, she was surprised and very moved to see that I put something so simple yet so profound together in a matter of minutes. I will always remember my first set of observational hours. Wednesday, July 17, 2013