This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.
Step 1: Observe a class.
Step 2: Using a checklist, find out the evident classroom components.
Step3: Describe how the classroom is structured/designed to follow everyone to participate in the learning activities.
Step 4: Relate the data in your checklist to the learner’s behaviour.
Step 5: Reflect on how classroom management affects learning
- Are there areas in the classroom for specific purposes?
- Are there rules and procedures followed?
- What are the daily routines done by the teacher? (Prayer, attendance, monitoring of assignment, warm up activities, etc.) how are they done?
- Is there a seating arrangement? What is the basis of this arrangement?
- Observe the noise level in the classroom. How is this managed?
- If a learner is not following instructions or is off-task, what does the teacher do? (behaviour strategies)
- What does the teacher do to reinforce positive behaviours? (behaviour strategies)
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT MATRIX
|ASPECT OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT||DESCRIPTION||EFFECT ON THE LEARNERS|
|SPECIFIC AREAS IN THE CLASSROOM||In there were a set of arm chairs a table, and a bulletin board and other charts that where located on the wall. It is mainly for learning environment.||The classroom was fitting to a learning situation but the effect was for only inside learning. They only have limited area inside that could widen their interest.|
|CLASSROOM RULES||Class room rules were very specific located at the left side of the classroom.||This will keep the learners be reminded of possible importance aspect in life.|
|CLASSROOM PROCEDURES||There were no procedures written anywhere the classroom.||Since no procedures were written, students were left hanging and left with no instruction inside the classroom to follow.|
|DAILY ROUTINE||Prayers were being done inside the classroom before they begin their classes.||A good motivation for the learners is to pray and engrave in them the importance of spiritual aspect.|
|SEATING ARRANGEMENT||Teacher arranges them accordingly. There were three rows, every row consisting of three arm chairs; left and the right side were for girls and middle was boy.||This instil and force the kids to keep their silence, because girls were separated as to stop them from being talkative and boys were put in the middle as to behave them self during classes.|
|HANDLING MISBEHAVIOR/OFF TASK BEHAVIOR||Teacher calls out directly those students who are noisy.||These will help the other students to be focused and realize the consequence of being noisy during the lessons.|
|REINFORCEMENT OF POSITIVE BEHAVIOR||The teacher give positive feedback by saying “That’s good Ms. ____, but whose gonna help her/him”…by this, teacher appreciate a student for doing an effort.||This will build a self confidence on the students’ part and making them learn to be appreciative even in a little thing.|
SUMMARY OF OBSERVATION:
How did the classroom organization and routines affect the learners’ behaviour?
In our class Educ 15s, our mentor suddenly spoke these words in front of us that “a lesson needs to be repeatedly lectured for them to be reminded and as to master it.” I believe that this is the reason of daily routines to be integrated inside the life of the students. Our memories as human being were very short, we are very prone of this aspect and in order for us to apply things, we need to make our body and mind master it. In terms of this so called classroom organization, this was being set up for the students to learn how to organize a small group as for them to be ready in the bigger application that they could apply it in organizing a certain group when time comes.
What should the teacher have in mind when she/he designs the classroom organization and routines? What theories and principles should you have in mind?
A teacher should think the befitting classroom organizations and routines that could also be fitting with the likings of her/his students in general. S/he needs to include students mostly in deciding this issue for them to learn how they could organize themselves and the routines, but of course with assistance from a teacher. In order to coincide this with the students I did observe, I once asked a student how did they designed their classroom, and she in did mentioned that they did the most of the activities and the design in the classroom and with the consent from the teacher.
Which behaviour strategies were effective in managing the behaviour of the learners? In motivating students? Why were they effective?
Attitude of a teacher means a lot in managing the behaviour of her/his students. As I observe from one of the teacher in AKIC-SLS last February 3, 2014. She has this typical expression which seems to be strict, and talk to her students with confidence, but this act doesn’t seems to be effective for the learners since they keep on talking, despite of the emotion she did show to them. The possible reason that I could come up with this is that, this teacher taught her students without concerning the so called passion within her and don’t have a happy disposition. She seems to be not caring so much with her students. Nevertheless, those teachers whom you could sense their passion and having a happy disposition from the way they taught their children seem to be a far more effective. Students listen very well and motivated with an ease atmosphere around that certain teacher. We human somehow sense the other mood that we can easily vibrate in them.
- Imagine yourself organizing your classroom. In what grade / year level do you have yourself? What routines and procedures would you consider for this level? Why?
Imagining me in a classroom set up, I would highly recommend myself to teach a first year high school. Why? For the reason that I would like to handle those kids who will be in their first year of high school. Their fresh mind and their higher level of curiosity is something I want to fill in. First year level is something important in a high school part because this is the first thing for a student to occur and their motivation to know new something is in their first year. In relation to their routines, I would like to implement a prayer before our classes begin. Next here, I would like to start my discussion and alive greetings for the students, and expected to have a feed back in them as well. Thirdly, I would probably ask a certain student to recap on our lesson the previews meeting, and then proceed to my lessons. I would end my lesson through my students giving of a quote that will help them motivate their self and the other, and end with a prayer.
- Make a list of the rules you are likely to implement in this level. Why would you choose these rules?
The following rules were something I would like to implement.
I would like to implement that they should wear their proper uniform and ID when they are in the school premises.
Observe silence when the class is ongoing, because they will be given an ample of time when their return comes like reporting, oral recitation, or making them answer.
Excuses should be made when they are going outside the classroom.
They should apply and be courteous among their classmates.
Before and after the class, they need to arrange their things and table.
Greet their teachers and those visitors politely when they are at present.
I would like to have a higher participation coming from the students.
Cell phone must be in silent mode. Being caught using their cell phone during class will be punished.
- Should learners be involved in making the class rules? Why?
In this today’s generation, kids are not just mere students in a classroom but also a decision maker. We are also now in progressive mode of curriculum, and most of the activities were facilitated by the teacher and the students are highly advisable to do most of a certain activities. The making of the class rules should include the students in making those rules in classroom, as to practice their rights in getting their opinion and ideas and that these makings of rules were part of it.