The class I choose to focus on for this module is my period 2 PSP biology class. I choose this class because I experience many behavioral issues that interfere with the ability of the class to be productive learners. Due to a rotating schedule, this class is typically the first period of the day; there are several students that have “late arrival” which interferes with the classes’ ability as a whole to transition into activities. Other behaviors that students demonstrate that interfere with behavior are: calling out of inappropriate comments, creating a disrespectful environment, and inappropriate use of technology. Establishing routines has been difficult in this class for all of these reasons. I need to research and implement 1-2 power strategies to transform the current classroom environment so that students can master the content.
As a new teacher I was surprised at the lack of engagement of the students in my room. I felt that if I was prepared to deliver a “quality lesson” of the subject material, my students would naturally be engaged and eager to participate in activities. What I was actually experiencing in the classroom was the exact opposite. Daily practice consisted of me attempting to establish some sense of “control” over the behavior of my students, who were completely disconnected from me, constantly off-task, rude, insubordinate, disrespectful to myself and their peers, hostile… unfortunately I could go on. The environment was not what I had envisioned, and was not a place that felt “safe” and fostered learning.
Desperate for change I discussed with my Instructional Coach (I.C.) what I was experiencing and asked her to observe the class. Afterwards we debriefed, discussed my practice, my students behavior, what I want the classroom environment to be and why. I felt I struggled to find ways to get the class settled and engaged in their work, I didn’t expect a quiet classroom. Ideally I want...