Running Head CRITICAL INCIDENTS
Running Head Critical Incidents
Field Experience & Practicum 1
April 4, 2019
There were many critical incidents which occurred in the classrooms that I have observed. Each incident was handled differently. Each teacher used different pedagogical methods and strategies. Some might be effective, and some were not.
During the beginning of my student teaching, I spent a considerable amount of time observing several teachers from preschool to elementary schools and their approach to their students. Whether it is a lesson, or an activity or a simple conversation, I consciously recorded how the teacher would deal with their students in a variety of situations or circumstances. One of the things that stood out for me was the specific behavior management used by the teachers. Some teachers used a firm and strict tone of voice to handle challenging behavior which sometimes was useful and other times were not of significant help.
In one particular incident, with a very challenging student in the class, the teacher usually used her firm and authoritative voice to redirect the student. The teacher seemed to always find faults in every simple thing he did. There were times that the student seemed to try his best to participate in the class, but the teacher sometimes chose to ignore him. This situation seemed to create a barrier between the student and the teacher. The student became more aggressive in the classroom. The teacher was not able to connect with the student and seemed that it decreases student’s motivation in the classroom. Because of an overly strict teacher, the student seemed to break the rules more often especially when he was outside of the classroom.
Another incident happened in a kindergarten classroom. The teacher was more lenient with the students, but most of the time the students were taking advantage off. There was this student from this class who liked to walk out of the classroom a lot. The teacher would sometimes punish the student by taking some time from his play time or would send the child to another classroom or the office whenever he misbehaved. The student usually missed the instructions in the classroom. If he were in the classroom, the student would continue to display misbehavior to get what he wanted. By ignoring student behavior in the class, this cause problem not only for that particular student but for the whole class itself. Without effective management skills, the students may not respect the teacher and the rules in the class. The students may feel that they can do what they want because the teacher is not consistent in enforcing the rules. Allowing the students to be free and enjoy the class is okay; however, if the students start to get out of control, the teacher should take the control back. The students need to know that the teacher is in charge at all time and that she is the adult authority who needs to reinforce...