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Child's Behavior in a Classroom

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Child's Behavior in a Classroom

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1-October 10, 2006 at 10 o'clock in the morning, I observed a male student. The observation took place in a classroom, in P.S.249 third grade class, room 320 and the teacher's name is Mrs. Riggs. The child, Michael, was seating on the red square on the mat during reading time. The classroom has 7 desks with four or 3 chairs for the students. There are 2 big boards to write, one small board that can only be written on with an erasable marker, books on shelves around the room, two computer in the left side of the room, three big clothes closets to the right, the teacher's desk is located in the front of the class with papers pile on them and one reading projector in the back center of the class. The garbage cans are by the door as enter; there are several posters with educational information, rules and regulations for the students to follow. There are approximately 9 boys and 11 girls on the mat looking at the teacher as she introduced the new spelling words for the week.

2- As the teacher instruct the class, that particular student seem to be sick; his hands were holding his head as if he had a headache, he did not open his note book to write the new words as the other student were doing, he was facing opposite direction of where the teacher was and he kept on squinting his eyes. The other children engaged in the activity the teacher presented, Michael on the other hand was doing his own, nevertheless he did not interrupt the students seating next to him. He did not talk throughout the period I observed him. He played with his pencil, he closes his book and he stared out the window.

3- Michael is not active; Erik Erikson would have described this child as passive. "Erik Erikson's theory of identity development proposes that a child's personality and sense of identity are strongly influenced by his or her active efforts to master the psychological and social conflicts of everyday life" Pg 33. Here is this child not socializing in his class, he isn't...