On your first viewing, use the Observational Checklist (PDF) to note how Cindy Wilson implements some of the Literacy Teaching Practices. In particular, note how Ms. Wilson supports students' language development.
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Review What You Saw
After watching the video, review the Observational Checklist and reflect on what you saw. How do the practices you just watched compare to your own? Think about your classroom and the needs of your students. How are they different from or similar to what you saw in the video?
Relate the Key Questions to Cindy Wilson's Classroom
How are the diverse needs of learners (language in particular) met in this classroom?
Consider Ms. Wilson's comment, "I really have to look at how my classroom environment is set up and if I am differentiating instruction to meet the children's individual needs and differences [so they are all] able to participate and be fully involved in the classroom." How does Ms. Wilson differentiate instruction in her classroom? Consider Ms. Wilson's organization, types of instruction, choice of materials, and the way she works with her bilingual aide. What implications are there here for your own instruction?
How does the classroom environment encourage students to gain independence as readers and writers?
Ms. Wilson makes deliberate decisions about each aspect of her classroom environment: her instructional practices, materials, and the routines she puts in place. Consider the elements of a classroom environment listed on the left in light of what you saw in Ms. Wilson's classroom. How does Ms. Wilson demonstrate her respect for the students in her class? What management routines and techniques does she use for transitions, cleanup, and gaining attention? Why are the Room Readers and Writers important in this setting?