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Classroom Community

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Over the past couple of weeks, classroom management has been a hot topic. As student teaching gets closer and closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my students are going to behave when my Cooperating Teacher is out of the room. I know that a huge part of the the classroom community is dependent on the relationships he has with the students. I’ve been worried that things will fall apart in his absence. As all these thoughts went through my head, the opportunity to test it out arose. My CT had a sub for the first time this school year. I wondered how behavior would change in his absence.

Overall, the students had a great day. But there were definitely some issues that came up and a few incidences that occurred that probably wouldn’t have if my CT had been there. I have been focusing on building relationships with these students since the beginning of the year and I know that it will continue to be a focus of mine. I’m a big believer in following a Positive Discipline method in the classroom (I used this approach in my preschool classroom and have seen how well it works). I’m figuring out how to translate my knowledge of Positive Discipline with 3 year-olds to something that will work well with 6th graders.

I’m also interested in helping create an environment that isn’t so dependent on the teacher. I came across this blog post by Jennifer Orr where she is thinking about the same issues. She raises the question of how to create communities that don’t fall apart when the teacher is gone. I wonder if finding ways for students to strengthen their relationships with each other would help. Would cultivating a stronger identity to the group/school help lessen the impact when the teacher absent?

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3 thoughts on “Classroom Community

  1. Pingback: The Student’s Responsibility in their Classroom Community | uncommonteacher

  2. I sometimes joke how we are being prepared to become awesome Substitute teachers. I mean we are often thrown in front of classrooms without any real benefit of knowledge of the students we encounter. Being away from our main placements makes it difficult to establish those relationships and any real culture. One thing I have been working on with my students is establishing my own teaching signal. I sometimes wonder myself how my students are going to react when my CT leaves. However the experience from all of our classroom encounters has helped me to think about how we can quickly gain control. I ask myself how do I get the attention from the students we encounter in our Methods courses? I think this clear reflection of where we are in terms of classroom management will only benefit us when it is our turn to shine. I suppose I have also had the benefit of my CT always referring to me as another teacher in the Classroom. Reflection will be key, because ultimately somethings will come up in the absence of our CT’s. What can we ultimately learn from the experience?

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