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Over the last semester I have been observing a forth grade class at Bailey Elementary During my observations I had taken a special interest in a young boy named Chris Chris is 9 years old and was described by his teacher as a struggling student When I originally came to the class and asked the teacher if she knew of a student who was struggling in reading she immediately told me about Chris She described him as a very sweet boy who is falling behind in both reading and writing I was also told he does not have an IEP or a known learning disability Throughout the semester I kept a close eye on Chris I noticed that any loud noises or movement in the classroom distracted him Also during a silent reading activity he blankly stared off when he was instructed to read a passage in the story the class was working on After a few weeks of watching Chris I felt that I could make a few inferences about him and the type of student he is I consider that Chris is bored and uninterested in class After watching his body language I can see that he does not seem engaged in the lessons Another thought I had was he might be confused or unsure of what his teacher was explaining during the lessons I watched When the teacher was lecturing Chris was often off task and his attention was elsewhere whether it was on the clock another student or around the room It was apparent that Chris enjoyed group work rather than lection During the group work potion Chris behaved and followed the instructions given by the teacher He laughed and included his opinion in discussion with his group members After watching him closely it became apparent that group work is where he thrives the most When the teacher addresses him he seems nervous and unsure if he is correct in
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