March is Parent Observation Month. Parents will be receiving emails requesting you to sign up for an observation time for your child (ren) from www.ptcfast.com for each classroom that you have a child in. Once you create an account, you are able to electronically schedule an observation time for your child in their class.
A few guidelines that parents are asked to follow when observing your child in their classroom environment:
- Please sit quietly and observe the children. Be sure to observe children other than your own. If you are inside the classroom, please do not interfere with the work of the children. Please do not ask for your child to be moved or for the guides to interfere in the natural environment.
- Please do not initiate conversation with the children. If a child greets you, respond appropriately, but please do not prolong the conversation. If necessary, please gently remind the children to return to their work. If you are observing with someone, please keep your conversation low and to a minimum.
- The guides may not be able to take time from their classroom duties to converse with you during or immediately after your observation. If questions arise while observing the children, please write them down on the clipboard provided and leave it on the chair for the guide.
What To Notice When Observing:
- Children initiating their own activities and choosing their own work independently and in groups
- Guides presenting individual and small-group lessons
- Orderly use of materials and the return of materials to their original locations
- A variety of work in progress, from mathematics to geography, from language to music
- Independence, which is revealed by children who are not overly dependent on the adults in the classroom environment
- Elaborate work, such as very long addition problems, research, or detailed charts
- Children cooperating with each other
- Varying levels of concentration and self-discipline
- An atmosphere of responsibility and respect
- Freedom within limits:
- Children may work on one thing at a time
- Children may watch the work of others, but do not take part without an invitation
- Children are sensitive to the rights of others.
We hope you enjoy your visit!