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MUED 271 Field Experience Observation Form

Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017 Location: Mountain View Elementary

Time: 9:21am Teacher: Substitute

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What was/were the objective(s) of this lesson?

The objectives were to teach students the difference between major and minor keys.

What National Standard(s) do you think was/were addressed in this lesson? (Please be specific (e.g.,
Anchor Standard 4: Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation).)

I think the lesson did a great job of implementing four of the anchor standards in all categories of creating,
performing/presenting/producing, responding and connecting. In regards to creating, students were able to
create visual art in response to auditory art. In regards to performing/presenting/producing, the students
were able to convey the feeling they felt through the music being played and responded by drawing their
reactions.

What Virginia Standard(s) of Learning for Music do you think was/were addressed in this lesson? (Again,
please be specific (e.g., K.6: The student will demonstrate a steady beat, using body percussion,
instruments, and voice).)

The student will be able to identify the difference between minor and major keys and will be able to
respond and connect their thoughts by drawing their reactions.

How did the teacher accomplish her/his objectives?

The teacher asked students questions which kept them active and engaged. The teacher was willing to
listen to what the students had to stay. The teacher used different outlets.

How did the teacher assess individual students understanding?

The substitute teacher asked questions and had different students respond. The teacher then walked around
and looked at the various drawings the students had created. When it comes to young students, I personally
dont think there should be a right and wrong way of reacting. Art is about expression and creativity should
not have such strong structure or rules.

What does the teacher do that seems to help student learning in this classroom?

The substitute teacher brought in live instruments and played on them to demonstrate whether or not the
piece he was playing was sad/happy (minor/major). The substitute teacher also allowed the students to
watch a video on a lesson about minor/major keys

What does the teacher do that seems to hinder student learning in the classroom?

I think if the teacher was a bit more enthusiastic about the subject, it wouldve helped the students learn.
The substitute was a young male who seemed to be filling in a substitute teaching position just to get a
paycheck. He seemed disinterested and disconnected and half of time, it seemed as if he simply didnt
want to be there. I think when the teacher is excited, its easier for students to feel that passion and get
ecstatic about learning the material taught in class.

What do students do that seems to help their learning in the classroom?

The students seemed to feel very comfortable in the classroom setting. Despite the teacher being a
substitute, the students worked together and were conversing among one another about their pieces. This
sparked dialogue and connections among one another.

What do students do that seems to hinder their learning in the classroom?

Some students dont really know how to give other students a chance to share their ideas. Most of the time,
the same students were raising their hands eager to learn and participate. This is great in itself, but I think
students should try and hear from other students. You can always learn a thing or two from one another.

What action(s) on the part of the teacher do you think would improve student learning in this classroom?

As I mentioned earlier, I think if the teacher was a bit more enthusiastic about the subject, it wouldve
helped the students learn.

What action(s) on the part of the students do you think would improve student learning in this classroom?

Listening better? Engaging better?

What other comments/observations do you have?

I wish I was able to observe on a day with the teacher not a substitute but nonetheless, learned a thing or
two through this experience.

Please remember that in addition to submitting this form on Canvas, you should write a reflection of
approximately 500 words on your blog (under Leadership) in which you reflect about your
experiences and impressions from this visit.