My observations were conducted at an Elementary school in Southwest Florida. From 1990 to 2010, the population grew from 5,062 to 50,833. It was projected in 2010 that in December of 2011 the population would be between 50,660-52,893 total. In 2010, the amount of children between the ages of 5-9 years old was 604, with 315 being male and 289 female. The race demographic from 2010 was as follows: 21,530 White, 234 Black or African American, 28 American Indian or Alaska Native, 304 Asian, 8 Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 202 of two or more races. Specifically, there were 35 White American Indian or Alaska Native, 43 White Asian, 43 White African American, and 47 White mixed with another race. One of the students is an English Language Learner, who just moved to the United States from Serbia. There are 3 students who are ESOL students, whose families speak Spanish at home.
The classroom I chose to observe is a kindergarten level class, initially with 18 students, but with 19 before the end of the school year. There are 10 girls and 9 boys, all seemingly from high or average socioeconomic status. There are no uniforms at Pinewoods Elementary, but there is a dress code to ensure the students dress appropriately. Every time I observed, it was during their morning announcements and learning centers, which were focused heavily on reading and writing.
The classroom was organized in the shape of a rectangle with one of its corners cut off with enough room for 24 students. Once inside the door, on the linoleum floor, the counter is located to the left with a long window sill displaying the students’ work. The counter is home to a few piles of papers for the week, the sink, and water fountain. At the end of the counter there is a trash and recycling bin, with the bathroom door just around the corner. Directly in front of the door is a bookshelf full of books with a large Easel at the far end of it. On the...