|Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
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|Author:||Leslie Wicker [ Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:03 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Classroom Management|
I recently participated in a group discussion concerning the issue of classroom management. Before the seminar, we were all asked to correspond with educator's who were currently in the field concerning the issue of discipline in the classroom.
During the course of the meeting we addressed a multitude of new ideas that I had never thought of. For instance, many teachers discussed the use of a "reflection table" where kids were able to take a few minutes away from the class and draw/write something that expressed their feelings and why they were conducting themselves in a certain away. I was astounded that going into an arts field, this method of "discipline" had never been addressed. It seems to place less stress on the kids while allowing them the time and freedom to sort themselves out without direct disciplinary action.
We also took time in this discussion to address how different family situations and "cultures" could effect the attitude each child brings to your classroom. E.g. If a child is normally allowed to speak freely by their parents at all times without reprimand, they may feel it is okay to do the same at home. It is also important to remember that behind each instance of a child "acting out", their is usually some underlying motive. Perhaps the kids was yelled at that morning or they couldn't afford to eat breakfast. This discussion helped to remind me that, like every other aspect of education, it is important to consider each situation and child on a one-on-one basis.
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