From my blog, the areas I struggled with most are classroom management. Specifically, when dismissing students. At my school, we dismiss pupils from the classroom. At times, parents and other staff members told me that is one of the areas I need to improve upon with my classroom management. I personally agree but, it still bothers me that I am struggling with this.
Notes to myself (Honest Notes!)
Monday-Why are students so wild at the end of the day? !!
Tuesday- OMG, these kids again, what consequence should I give him.
Wednesday- For once, can these kids just listen?
Thursday- What are these parents going to think of me? I am trying my best.
Friday- Here we go, the administration is in the building; I have to keep the kids quiet on the carpet. This is the game in real life.
Monday- Two kids started to scream at each other because he told him to “play nice”. At the time, I was speaking to a parent about another issue.
Tuesday and Wednesday- Students were sitting on a carpet for two minutes quiet until another student got up to see his mom. Once that happened, all students started to talk and the room became very loud.
Thursday and Friday- At both days, students were throwing trash on the rug and telling each other to “shut up”. At this time, I was speaking to a parent about academics.
Overall, my students, my students are producing fantastic work in the areas of reading, writing, and math. However, when looking at the environment of the classroom, I do not see anything that connects with character. I need to make an anchor chart that lists expectations about dismissal with students images and language. I also spoke with my students about the dismissal. Overall, students said,” I should make a chart that lists excellent behaviors and the awards we will receive because of the good first-grade behavior”
As an educator, students will follow dismissal procedures clearly when I explicitly list expectations on an anchor chart and give prizes out for following the expectation dismissal chart. Connected learning, teaches us that we are all learners and learn from one another. I take it as a learning experience for myself, to ask students how I can best instruct them. I never looked at how beneficial this is for the classroom culture. Learning lets me reflect on my teaching practice and how I can become a distinguished teacher by listening to others who are younger or older.
Developing professional relationships are very important in the educational world and connected learning neighborhood. As an educator, I need to watch, connect and learn about how other educators dismiss students. I personally need to intermingle and observe. This is because I can see where other teachers might struggle. Together, we can resolve the situation with a solution. Also, connecting with educational groups and posting about my teaching struggles can benefit me. Teachers may have the same situation in which I am in when dismissing students.
Throughout my young teaching career, my failures lead to success. I also notice when someone might “mess up” people come together and try to resolve the situation. Connected learning supports working together to help one another. I also notice in times of hardship, people from different cultures and nationalities come together to help each other. For example, the hurricane in Puerto Rico. Everyone came together to support a cause.