Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reflections on classroom observations

So, I spent two days with an English teacher observing ninth and tenth grade students. I was not going into this process with rose colored glasses but I was truly surprised how bad things are. The administration in this particular high school is a mess. They are so unorganized. Neither teachers or students have concrete schedules and it is the middle of October. My attitude toward the AP from last week has completely changed. She gave me a schedule for one teacher yesterday (which was incorrect) and when I approached her this morning she told me I needed to work out whatever I needed with the teacher she gave me yesterday. Her part of this was done. Nice.

Thankfully I was able to track down the nice English teacher I was working with yesterday and she had no problem with me shadowing her for the rest of the year. I told her I would speak with my boss and see how I can arrange my schedule. She gave me her personal email and told me to keep in touch.

The day was hampered by various interruptions including the PSAT which was being given to the eleventh and twelfth graders. The bell schedule was completely disrupted because they held up the test to allow late students entry. Not a good idea. The principle made an announcement during fourth period that the bell was being extended and the class I was in grew extremely restless. At one point the teacher I am working with had to block the students from leaving the classroom and a fight almost broke out between the teacher and a student. The student was this little ninth grade pipsqueak with a mouth bigger than the grand canyon. It was bad. Thankfully the bell rang. The experience left both the teacher and me rattled. I left a little early because the rest of my teacher's classes were cancelled due to the testing schedule. Now I truly know how some teachers get burnt out.

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