SUBJECT 1: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
As a teacher, I would ensure that I stop the fight. I would go to the scene of the fight and separate the students who are fighting. I will assess the situation and determine what ignited the fight. I will assess if there are any weapons involved in the fight. I will use my strong voice to ensure that the fight is squashed. Sometimes students who are fighting always wish that someone would come and tell them to stop fighting so that they may gracefully cease from fighting. I will disperse onlookers and tell them to go to their sitting positions. I will call students who are watching the fight by name and tell them to take their seats. I will call students who are fighting by name and tell them to stop the fight. Calling a person who is fighting by name has a profound effect on their psyche; by hearing their name being called, a person who is fighting is likely to be distracted and as a result, is likely to cease from fighting.
As a teacher, I would respond if there is one student who has her head down on the desk and other students are looking at her. I will first use my strong voice to call out the name of the student and see if she responds. If the student is unmoved by my voice, I will walk to her desk and find out what is wrong with her. I will talk to the student in a polite manner to find out what could be bothering her. In case the student is feeling sick, I will use the classroom thermometer to find out the body temperature of the student. If the student has an elevated body temperature, there will be concern about what the child could be suffering from. I will ask the class prefect to gently assist the student to rise and take her to the school nurse. The nurse will examine the sickly student symptoms and decide on the next course of action.
As a teacher, I would ensure that students who are not participating in a lesson become engaged in the lesson. I will first shape the classroom environment into one that encourages student participation. In will also inform students about the importance of classroom participation. I will call out names of students who are not engaged in a lesson and urge them to participate. I will inform students what classroom participation is all about. I will also ask frequent contributors in class participation to cease from participating so that quiet students who are not engaged in the class may be given an opportunity to participate in the lesson. I will be friendly to the students who are not participating in class so that they can be comfortable in the classroom and participate in the lesson. I will ask the students to move their chairs into a circular formation so that the students can see each other and easily speak to each other. I will also ask the students to move their chairs so that they can be concentrated in the front part of the room. I will arrange students into discussion groups to encourage shy students to speak.
As a teacher, I will have to offer the students’ parents some counseling and instructions. I will advise parents to be of help to their children in waking up in the morning. Parents have to teach their children about waking up early in the morning so that the students arrive at school on time. I will advise parents to be clear on the method of transportation that they do prefer their children. In case parents prefer their children to be transported by the school bus, I will advise the parents to be always available or assign someone to bring their children to school on time as well as be available to receive their students when they are dropped near the homes by the school bus. Parents have to ensure that their children are dropped to proper guardians and proper parents so that a mix up doesn’t happen that leads to the loss of a student.
Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles will be promoted by different playing activities. Visual learning will be enhanced during play time by ensuring that students play with items that are full of pictures or items that represent animals and objects. For instance, a child can learn with ease courtesy of visual learning by playing with objects that represent animals such as elephants, lions and so forth. By playing with a picture of a zoo, a student will be able to know and understand what a zoo is. Auditory learning in children can be enhanced by playing word games during the children’s playing time. Word games could involve making jokes, rhyming words and rhyming games. Rhyming games will not only make children excited as they play, but rhyming words will also ensure that the students improve their vocabulary. Kinesthetic learning style will be enhanced in children by allowing them to take part in playing activities that involve solving problems, jumping and moving. Playing catch, balancing, dancing and playing kick are some of the activities that enhance kinesthetic learning style. Courtesy of children taking part in playing activities that involve solving problems, their adaptability and creativity will be developed.
As a teacher, I will have to involve myself in snack time monitoring. I will have to ensure that all my students get snacks during snack time and that under no circumstance does any student miss out on his or her snack. I will also have to ensure that I keep the snack line moving so that students do not waste a lot of time during snack time. I will monitor the snack line and ensure that it does not stagnate because of the stubbornness of any student who doesn’t want to move. In case a student loses a shoe while on the snack line, I will ask the student to step out of the snack line and look for the shoe while the line continues.
I will have to develop a departure procedure at closing time for the students. Before closing time, I will ask the students to ensure that they have all their books and items with them. It is important to ensure that when students depart from class, they leave accompanied with all the items that they came with. I will have to ensure that the class is organized before I release the students. I will ask the students to arrange all their playing materials and store them in a designated place. I will ask the students to organize reading materials that they found in the class and store the materials in a designated place. I will then ensure that all students who were assigned to my class are present during closing time. In will then ask all the students to get out of class. I will escort students to the transportation buses that will transport the students to their homes.
SUBJECT TWO: ROLE OF PARENTS IN SCHOOLING
I would want parents to teach their children the importance of being truthful with regard to the children constantly lying about doing their homework. Parents have an important role in urging their children how, to be honest. The lying character of a child may stem from the fact that the parents often confront their children with anger, threats or harshness in case the child makes a mistake. As a result, a child becomes afraid, to tell the truth because he is afraid that his parents will be angry at him. Therefore, parents have to stop displaying anger to their children when the latter make mistakes; this will create a safe environment that will encourage children to be open and honest. The honesty that the child displays at home will also be reflected in school, and the child will be more open in owning up to his mistakes. Parents should teach their children from an early age about the value of honesty. Parents should teach their children that honesty is the backbone of mutual trust and respect among individuals. Parents should be a model of honesty to their children; their honesty should not only be in words, but it should also be in actions. In the long run, the child will cease to continuously lie about not doing his work.
Parents should be involved in solving the problem of a child who is habitually late in class. Habitual lateness mostly stems from disorganization. A child’s habitual lateness could be attributed to his disorganization. Parents should teach their children on how to become an organized person. A child, who is well organized, will know how to manage his time and he will not be habitually late in class. Parents should organize household routines for their children. Organizing household routines for their children will teach children the importance of being organized. Household routines will also build children’s planning skills. Parents should encourage their children to their schedule at home for studying, carrying out household chores and for sports activities; this will teach a child the value of organization and time planning. Parents should instill time management skills in their children. Time planning skills involve planning, prioritization and time estimation. A child who has good time management skills will know how to plan, prioritize and estimate his activities and as a result, will stop being habitually late in class.
Parents should be involved in solving the problem of a child who keeps tearing from his/her books. A child who keeps tearing from his/her books probably does the same with books that are available at home. Parents should ensure that they stop their children from tearing their books at home so that the problem does not reflect in school. Given that a habit is something that develops with time, the parents can stop the habit by keeping books out of reach of their children while at home. Children should only be allowed to be in reach of books when they are in the presence of their parents. By keeping books out of reach of children while at home, the child will have nothing to tear and the habit will be slowly suppressed. Parents should also tell their children politely but firmly that books are not supposed to be torn. Consequentially, the child will stop tearing his/her books pages while in school.
SUBJECT 4: CARE & NUTRITION
A weekly menu for 4-5-year-olds in my day-care
Day/Meal Breakfast Snacks Lunch
Mon ¾ cup milk; -Cornbread; Vegetables Biscuits Lean meat with vegetables
Tues ¾ cup milk, Cold dry cereal, Fruit Yogurt Cheese and pork
Wed Fruit juice, vegetable, cooked pasta Muffins Cooked dry peas with rice
Thurs ¾ milk, muffins, full-strength vegetable Peanut butter Cooked cereal grains, peas and vegetables
Fri Fruit juice, noodle and vegetables Ice-cream Chicken, Vegetables and rice
10 effective classroom management techniques every faculty member should know. (2007). Madison, Wisc: Magna Publications.