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.