is a charter school located in south Jersey. The
school is small and services students in the surraounding
areas. The classroom I was in had 15 students.
I student taught three days a week for half the
day with a partner. Towards the middle of the
semester we were going to the school full-time.
We taught lessons everyday for almost three weeks.
taught me many things about teaching and how students
in first grade learn. Teaching is not just about putting
together a good lesson plan and thinking of great ideas
and projects. For students to be successful they need
the opportunity to explore new ideas and topics through
various methods. Because students learn differently,
lessons should also be presented through different means.
This does not mean teach the same thing five times in
five different ways. Rather, alllow students to use
their talents when learning new content and demonstrating
the new concepts they learned.
In the lessons
and topics demonstrated here, you will see various methods
and styles in presenting new information to students.
The entire lesson may not always be shown, however,
I will explain different methods used and the theory