Lesson Plan: Independent Reading time
During the morning, students had reading time and had the freedom to scatter throughout the room. I saw an idea of independence given to students by the teacher in this lesson. Students picked what they read as well as where they read.
The teacher also had the student's participate in "Reading Centers." In this part of the day, students were assigned to do a certain activities. Once the timer of roughly 5-10 minutes went off, students rotated to their next assigned activity. I believe this plan allowed for students to stay on task and focused on each individual activity.
Later, the teacher led a class reading in which students sat on the ground in front of her. This allowed for group participation and allowed for student commentary to be heard. The teacher asked individuals questions about their thoughts on the reading.
-Several classes at Millridge use an iPhone app called "Classroom Dojo"
-Recording device which allows educators to record student's positive and and negative behaviors
-Parents can login to the app and see students' progress at school
My experiences at Millridge Elementary were one's that changed my views of elementary schools. Creative and innovative measures are taken in classrooms and teachers seem to truly care about their students.