Friday, December 5, 2014

Alyssa's 6th grade observations

Teacher x
-Music playing from teacher about what they're learning
-Student passes out papers for teacher
-Students sang along to the music
-Two students continued to look at us
-6 boys in back participated the most by blurting out
-One student on iPad, other students yelled at him for it
-PARTICIPATION !!!!!!!!!!!
-Got treats for correct answer
-Quiet when teacher is talking
-Kids stay on task and pay attention
-Has a student help with presentation
-One kid is distracting others
-Students all got right to work
-Teacher easily gets their attention
-Music played during work time

during the test
-Talked
-Everyone worked on it

Teacher Y
-Participation
-0 kids on iPads
-Some kids looked at us
-Most students went up to write on board
-Teacher gets students involved
-Students make fun of others spelling
-Kids talked with people at their table about their book
-Teacher claps to get attention
-Students raised their hands
-Get three choices to do for when the kids are done reading
-Student turns pages on board for the teacher
-Teacher gave students the option to read by themselves or listen to teacher to read it
-Students are quiet during read aloud
-One student on iPad
-Student ran into room, fell, and ran out
-Talked about swear words for a few seconds
-Teacher yelled at students in hallway twice telling them to be quiet

During test
-Quietly whispering

Teacher Z
-Kids write stuff down when they come in
-Teacher yelled at students for talking
-Lights off
-Participation
-Students whispered after we said our idea
-Students are quiet when teacher is
-Asked if students want to show their work, only 4 did
-Kids listen
-0 students on iPads
-All kids used work time wisely
-Students seemed a little bored
-one group didnt follow directions
-Kids instantly are quiet when teacher talks

During test
-Students whispered quietly
-Asked questions

Teacher Y
-Got distracted when we came in
-Lots of students didn't do their reading homework
-lights off and one student asked to close blinds
-Participation
-Questions asked
-Students talked about their work
-A lot more students went in the hall than they did in 2nd hour
-11 students stayed in class
-3 girls were talking and got yelled at 4 times for it
-Two kids on iPad
-Read aloud
-Kids in hall weren't loud
-Teacher had distracted kids flip the pages on the board
-Teacher yelled at students for not working
-Quiet during work time

During test
Quietly talking

Teacher Y
-Quiet when teacher is talking
-Some jokes are told from kids
-Teacher gets students involved
-LOTS of talking
-Arguing on how to spell bezzerk
-Students talked while others are
-TALKATIVE!!
-Lots of students volunteered to flip pages
-Students talk a lot
-Excited to leave
-Teacher continues to tell students to focus

Shannon's 6th Grader Observations

Morning class
A few kids were Interested in there iPads than in the video that was playing
Kids are willing to sing along to the science song playing
Kids aren't afraid to tell others to get off there iPad
Kids seem willing to participate
One table Seems to talk often
Tricks kids in a creative way to help them stay interested
Kids eating snacks seem more interested than kids not eating
Teacher encourages Creativity

Morning class 2
Willing to participate
No kids are on there iPads
Aren't afraid to share ideas
Understanding on whats going on
They can be mature about peoples ideas
Seem interested in the book there talking about
Actually talking about the book verses getting the class off track
Students automatically stop talking when teacher starts reading
Kid in the back room not reading but looking through the window to the other classroom
Can here the people in the hall talking when they should be silently reading

Afternoon Class
Kids are politer
Stop talking then there suppose to stop
Some kids are just zoning out or doodling on paper
Most of the kids have there hand on there head
Some kids are whispering to each other
Some kids are working on there drawing while others are presenting
Kids are polite when giving warnings
Most kids look at the person presenting
When students are given work time they start working right away
Students know what there learning vs not paying attention and not caring

Afternoon Class 2
Louder then other hour
Table of girls keep whispering and making noise with food rappers
One girl staring at us
Kids in the hall are quieter then morning class
They had more definitions for the word they were describing
Some kids aren't sitting still
2 boys were talking and making hand jesters

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shannon's 9th Grade Observations

Hello!
I'm Shannon and these are my observations from when we went into a 9th grade class.
1. Class stayed working when people walked in the classroom
2. Sounded like most groups were working
3. Kids seem hard working within groups
4. 3 kids from all different groups kept talking to each other
5. Calmer than PBL (project based learning)
6. 1 group talked about random stuff, 1 group was fighting, and 1 wasn't talking at all
7. got distracted, most went back to work right away
8. Most groups seemed pretty comfortable with talking to there group members
9. asked reasonable questions
10. One person stopped the class for no reason
11. One group got almost nothing done
12. Students packed up early when they could have put more time into the creativity test

Alyssa's 9th Grade Observation

9th Grade Standard Class
-Group work
-One group (on couch) talking about random things, not what they're supposed to.
-Two groups were distracted by the music she was playing.
-Two students tried talking to us.
-The class continued to work when we walked in.
-One group fought twice.
-Calmer than our PBL class.
-One person was drawing- not doing their work.
-5 people were on their chromebooks.
-Only two groups were working hard.
-Class got distracted by a picture of a flying squirrel.
-One group wasn't talking to each other at all.
-Teacher had to talk to the same group twice, telling them to work.
-One group was on their phones.
-A few students were distracted by the singing challenge on Monday.
-One student yelled across the room to another student.
-Groups were talking quietly.
-Hardly any work was done.

the creativity test

-All 20 kids did the circles and handed them in.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Idea

Shannon and I plan on going to Tullar Elementary school on November 25th to observe the differences between the 6 grades there, and test their creativity. We want to test their creativity by giving every student in the grades kindergarten through second grade a sheet of paper that has 5 small circles on it, and give them two minutes to make whatever they want inside the circles. For the third graders through fifth graders we plan on giving them a sheet of paper with a mark on it, and they have to make whatever they can with it in 5 minutes. The students who draw something more elaborate and bigger are the students with more creativity. We also would like to to go to either Horace Mann or Shattuck and test and observe a class there. Then, we'd observe the classes at NHS and test their creativity as well. If the older students draw something more simple, we will know that their creativity has been dulled down throughout the years.

Overall, we think that standard schools are turning kids into little robots, controlling their every move and dulling their creativity. With Project Based Learning, however, their creativity is flowing, and everything is self-directed so the students can learn what they want, and bring what they learned to life in project form, showing their creative side. With us observing the different grades and testing their creativity, we will know whether school is dulling creativity or not.

xoxox Alyssa