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Conducting an Observation

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 I have chosen to observe a place where people gather for activity. The place is known as “Tahoe Elementary School”.

            I made an appointment with the school head and asked permission from the teacher as well if I could observe in “Tahoe Elementary School”. During that day, the teacher have scheduled story telling and enacting as their activity and as a part of their play time. This entails materials technically known as books. It is employed to enhance the imagination of the children taking part of the activity. In addition to that, it will help motivate the children to listen and become attentive, arouse their thoughts, and eventually enact such.

            The teacher developed the children’s listening skills and imaginary skills by reading to them carefully and allowing them to imagine as they go along. Because of that, they have properly understood and digested what they have heard that when they were asked to prepare a drama with regards to the story read, they were all successful in enacting it.

            When the teacher already prompted that the story will soon began, I thought that the children looked bored since nobody really spoke, at least not much. I thought that maybe just knowing a book has to be read then that would be really difficult for them to go through. I myself wished, “I hope the story is not a very long one”. However, when the teacher started with the book entitled, “The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery”, I must admit that I too, just like the students, listened very carefully. I say they did because, one of them who was fetched by her big brother said, “From now on I will try to understand you even though sometimes I just can’t.” She probably got this on the part of the book where it is said that “That’s the way they are…Children should be very understanding of grown-ups” (de Saint-Exupery, n.d.). In addition, another boy asked me “Who are you and what are you doing here?” I told him it’s a secret just so it would not take too much time to explain to him whatever my real reasons are. However, he kept coming back to me to ask me the same questions. Instead of being annoyed, I felt surprised when I realized that his consistency of asking me those questions was actually imbibed from the story where the little prince insisted and never letting go of a question once he had asked it. The children have learned to pay attention and understood very well. That is why in the end, the teacher has been very impressed that they were able to enact what they have understood and listened to earlier.

References

Alliance for Childhood. (n.d.). Time for Play, Every Day: It’s Fun – and Fundamental.

Retrieved November 28, 2007

http://www.allianceforchildhood.net/projects/play/pdf_files/play_fact_sheet.pdf

de Saint-Exupery (n.d.). The Little Prince. Retrieved November 28, 2007

http://www.generationterrorists.com/quotes/the_little_prince.html

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