Kindergarten Classroom Observation Report Essay
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In electing to observe a kindergarten class, I was hoping to see ‘real world’ examples of the social development, personality types and cognitive variation found within the beginning stages of “Middle Childhood” as discussed within our text.
On April 1, 2010, I was welcomed into Mrs. Smith’s all day kindergarten class at the O’Dea Core Knowledge Elementary School in Fort Collins Colorado to observe and note the classroom conditions, interactions of the children among themselves, the teachers or other authority figures and the manner in which learning takes place.
O’Dea, as it is referred to within this paper, was selected because it is located within my neighborhood, and I am familiar with it’s location, general population and the…show more content…
The class that was observed consisted of five and six year olds, it was of interest that there were several examples of interactions that could be classified as moral reasoning between the children during ‘free play’ where small groups of 3 or 4 expressed frustration that the rules weren’t being followed. There were two moments in which the teacher became involved to guide the discussion during which the children were allowed to explore their feelings and suggest ideas to resolve the conflict.
As described within the text, during early childhood, the development of friendships between children begins to emerge, in which children of similar personalities and interests demonstrate an interest in playing with each other ( ). During Middle Childhood, these relationships deepen, and continue to evolve into more gender specific relationships, in which boys prefer to play with boys and girls among girls ( ). It was easily observed within the classroom that this theory held true – the boys played in small groups with wooden blocks and Lego’s creating elaborate ‘Star Wars’ scenarios, and the girls played more quietly with books and writing white boards.
According to Piaget, the early childhood period is one in which the child is
The Love for the Game Five basketball players I have been observing for the past three weeks during their practice time at the Recreation Center illustrate a new meaning for hard work. The group not only has a great love for the game but they put forth a 100 percent effort towards succeeding. Each individual has his own responsibility which the group expects from him. The team has weaknesses at times but their passion for winning over-powers their struggles. At first I considered the team to be a group of excellent players due to the fact that they practice very well. But after time and many observations I came to understand that each individual has his own weakness which I did not see at first. For instance, Joe is the tallest player on the team, plays center and usually plays in or around the free-throw lane near the basket. His duties are to rebound the ball after missed shots, score lay ups, block shots, and to defend the opponent. But his down fall is he cannot make a shot from the three point range. Phillip is the second tallest guy on the team and plays power forward next to Joe under the basket. His duties