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Without some sense of order all actions are blurred between right and wrong. One of a teacher’s duties is to prepare students for their lives after they finish school. Thus knowing that actions have consequences and being about to follow directions are essential skills learned during a person’s schooling.
As I have written of before this teacher I observe has a basic structure he follows in every class regardless of whether it is a note day, exam day, or if he has an activity planned. The repetition of having a do now followed by reviewing the homework keeps the beginning of class calmer and there are very few behaviorally issues to be corrected. The class does become somewhat more chaotic after these activities are finished. For example there is a girl in this class named Irma. She tends to talk in-between direction just as most other students do, however, her voice tends to carry more and her comments are generally a little more off topic than most. During an activity where roles were randomly assigned to model the structure of Feudal Society in Europe she drew a place higher in the Hierarchy. While the students were being moved to their role’s corresponding locations she was not paying attention which resulted in the whole class having to wait. In response the teacher not only took away her role and gave it to another student, but had her sit in the hallway. I have heard him threaten to do this several times but this is the first time I witnessed it. Generally he sticks to verbal warnings and cutting down bonuses like extra credit or he assigns more work. These two methods are by far the most prevalent in his classes and seem to be throughout the school too. Since everyday as students are released for lunch an announcement is made to those that need the go to the office for lunch (for a detention although the announcement does not blatantly say so) I have noticed than even though there are a few hundred students in the school at most half a dozen may have a lunch detention on any given day.
I rather like how this teacher does not lord over his class and act in a totalitarian manner. The easy banter he has makes it easier for the students to relate to him and respect him. I hope to achieve this balance between being friendly toward my students but still having the recognized authority to control the class’s behavior. However, I did find this teacher a bit dismissive of some things and he seemed to focus more on specific students. For instance I do not believe Irma had to be removed from the classroom for her off topic behavior. There have been times while I was observing the class that I was distracted by several boys in the class being off topic yet it seems that this teacher notices Irma’s disruptions much more. But when questioned about her behavior says she does not have behavioral issues or any assistance with her academics. By all accounts she is an average student, so I am left to question how a teacher can notice the ‘flightiness’ (as Irma describes it) of an average student while ignoring the full out conversation held by the male athletes in his class.