Today I had my second observation. It was on something I felt the students really needed. I think there is a misconception children have that reading means the ability to read words fluently. Although it is one important aspect of reading, they must also comprehend the text. If they don't understand what they read, they are essentially, barking at text. My lesson today started off with a "General Knowledge Test," which contained questions that were irrelevant to the regular school curriculum. The students were only supposed to answer the first and last question of the test, which was stated in the instructions. Everyone attempted to answer the all the questions. After the test, I pointed out their mistake, and tried to make a connection to how it is important to carefully read the books they are reading in order to understand it. I demonstrated a technique they can use to help them better understand things they read by reading Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg as a read aloud. The lesson went well and I hope the students truly got the message of it.
Currently in my fifth year of teaching Pre-K at a early childhood elementary school.