A. Grace Martin

Author, Student Teacher, Optimist and Promoter of Self-Empowerment


PSII Thurs April 2, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Thursday April 2, 2015

Today was the last day before the spring break. This morning I visited the principal. I had a question from the previous day in which I overheard a miscommunication between a student and teacher that got emotionally heated. I asked him how do we, as teachers, continue to maintain an unconditional positive regard for students and yet still deal appropriate discipline to them when they misbehave?

The principal said that there are three things that a teacher needs to know.

(1) First, have a short-term memory when it comes to behaviour. What happened yesterday has no bearing on how you welcome your students today.

(2) Second, recognize that your classroom might be the safest place for students, so develop strong relationships with them.

(3) Thirdly, if you have done the first two steps diligently, then dealing punishment is not a personal attack upon a student. There should be an understanding that there are consequences (good and bad) for every choice that a student makes. It does not mean that a teacher “likes” a student any less, but the teacher’s “I” of emotion should never enter the situation.

I really appreciated this conversation and set to continue cultivating positive relationships with my students.

In block 2 I tested the Science 14s on Chapter 8, which is a closer look at cells. I did not want to start a new topic today, so instead I gave them a fun lesson about parasites. We then watched “Ice Worlds” from Planet Earth, which I will reference for adaptations in our next chapter after the break.

The first group of grade 9s were, as usual, fantastic and very well behaved. However, I had some attitude issues with the other group of grade 9s. While doing math-related practice problems, several students concerned themselves more with who was getting better marks in math class than in what they were supposed to be learning. I also received some negative attitudes toward the study sheet of practice problems that I gave them—most saying that they wouldn’t bother doing it. Finally I had several students gang up on a boy for being on his phone during class time. I am aware of a previous history of bullying against this individual and I instantly recognized that his peers were trying to get him into trouble. I told the students that I did not see him on his phone, so they could let me deal with it later. Even as I re-directed their attention to the lesson, another student piped up about the lack of punishment. After the spring break I might need to have a little chat with my 9Bs about proper attitudes and respect in the classroom, including a much needed reminder to MYOB (mind your own business).

Categories: PSII Reflection Journal/Log

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