Hey look a field! While this seems like a very pretty field, it is not the field of todays discussion. For the last few weeks I have been placed into a middle school for "field" placement. While I prefer working with high-school aged students, it is a nice change of pace working with the younger group.
The teacher that I am observing does a very good job at implementing some MTV strategies. MTV stands for making thinking visible and it gives students the chance to examine the way that they think about information being presented to them. My placement teacher implements a strategy called "What makes you say that?". This really makes students examine their answers to questions and why they think that way. This ties very nicely into the concepts of constructivism which you can read about in one of my prior posts.
I also had the experience of sitting in on an IEP meeting between a student's parents and educators. The parents approved of me observing the meeting and it was a very good experience to see the intricacies of a meeting where parents and educators work together to build the best education plan for the student.
So far my placement has been wonderful and I hope to continue learning from what the students have to offer as well as teach some lessons of my own.