Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lesson 3 reflection

For my last observation, I did a writing lesson on opinion and persuasive text.  We read another one of my favorite books, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and we discussed whether or not the pigeon persuaded us to let him drive the bus.  The class decided that they would not let him because he was too small, and pigeons don't drive buses.  They then went back to their seats and wrote why they would or would not let the pigeon drive the bus (their opinion).

The students here highly engaged throughout the entire lesson because they really enjoyed the book.  They even noticed how the pictures give us information about how the pigeon is feeling (inferences).  They have really learned how to have conversations with their partner and work well with one another.

Next time, I would model what my expectations were for their writing; however, lets be honest...these kids are checked out and it is difficult to get them to do a writing activity after reading a story.  many students drew pictures of the pigeon...one looked JUST like the character from the story.  I was so impressed.

I can't believe that our practicum experience is coming to an end.  I have really enjoyed hearing feedback from the parents.   A lot of my parents are extremely happy and can see the growth their students are making.  they have shared success stories and "ah ha" moments and it makes me proud of the work Jamie and I did this Summer.  I definitely met my goal of learning new skills to help further my professional career.  I can't wait to take some of the activities and I did and use them with my new children with special needs.  I have built confidence in my ability to teach diverse learners.


  1. I'm glad that you've had such a positive experience with our practicum, especially since you will have a new teaching role this upcoming school year.

    I am very impressed that your little ones were able to use inferences and distinguish between the different types of writing. I think that if they can do this that my high schoolers should not have an excuse.

  2. It was a fun lesson and you even had some of the difficult students engaged in the lesson. It always makes me feel proud of my teachers when the parents brag about how much their child has improved after attending our program.

  3. Your lesson truly shows the importance of literacy and how it can be used throughout various content areas. CONGRATULATIONS on your new job! I know you will do a terrific job.

  4. This lesson is super cute! You do such a great job of pairing books to other activities to teach new material and keep students engaged. You are going to make a great special education teacher!!!

  5. I taught a lesson similar to this during the school year! Students absolutely loved it. It is such a fun lesson. Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus is one of my favorite books. Keep up the good work, Mary Chappell!

  6. MC,
    I enjoyed reading about your lesson. Yes--props for taking on the little ones! I like how you used a mentor text to model a writing skill. I think the best way to teach writing, regardless of age, is to model good writing. And you did that! I've also heard of teachers having their students write a persuasive letter to them regarding topics such as class pets and/or class activities. I'm so glad you learned from this experience. Best wishes with your new job this school year!