Classroom management can be one of the most challenging issues for becoming teachers. As a student teacher, having the role and responsibility of a teacher was strange for me at times during preinternship. During the first week of observing and teaching I paid special attention to how my coop managed the students and used techniques that he used as the students were used to them. An example of this was walking around the room while students took notes or worked on assignments to ensure that students were on task and engaged. One thing that really helped my classroom management was getting feedback from my coop. The feedback he provided had plenty of suggestions and comments on what worked and suggestions for what I can improve on. I was able to use that feedback to develop my teaching practices and classroom management skills. An area that I can improve on is getting the students attention. How I usually did this was by stating something along the lines of “ladies and gentleman, can I get your attention please”. I would start with a loud voice to get their attention and then use a normal voice once I saw that they were looking and listening to me. While this approach would work for the majority of the time, I would like to try to gain the students attention with non-verbal cues so that I am not always raising my voice.
I wanted to find a video that could help me with classroom management and discovered a video called New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management. The video is about a first year teacher who wants to improve her classroom management skills. I found the video to be very interesting, as the teacher recorded her lessons and watched them to see how she could improve her classroom management skills. The video includes tips for beginning teachers to use in their practice. One of the tips was to use physical proximity to prevent potential disruptions, much like what I found to be helpful during my preinternship. Another tip that I think would be helpful is to develop individual strategies to redirect students who act out. I think that I would like to try recording one of my lessons during internship in order to critique my teaching.