|California Standards for the
Teaching Profession: Standard Two
CREATING & MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
2.1 Creating a physical environment that engages all students
2.2 Establishing a climate that promotes fairness and respect
2.3 Promoting social development and group responsibility
2.4 Establishing and maintaining standards for student behavior
2.5 Planning and implementing classroom procedures and routines that support student learning
2.6 Using instructional time effectively
|Wednesday, October 18
During the course of the day, I noticed that Jack and Jeff have been fighting. I am not certain why Mrs. B. chose to put their desks next to each other, it seems like it was an accident waiting to happen. After hearing them complain about each other for the morning, I spoke with the two of them at their desks. They were adamant that they be separated and that the other was at fault for the situation. We came to the conclusion that they would prevent further argument by ignoring each other. I had to leave soon, but it seemed that the situation was handled.
Thursday, October 19
Jack was mad because Jeff was turning around to talk to Mike and not getting in trouble. Jeff was mad because Jack was tattling on him so often. I asked Jack if I could guess what he was feeling about the situation. He nodded. I said that I guessed Jack was feeling frustrated that Jeff could talk without getting in trouble, and also that he was mad that he had trouble controlling the volume of his voice. As I said these things, Jack went from being despondent and refusing eye contact to looking into my eyes and nodding emphatically. At the same time, Jeff began to look at both of us again. I asked Jack if he agreed with my guess. He said yes. I asked him if he was tattling on Jeff to make sure they had the same treatment. He nodded again, a little hesitantly this time.
Then I turned to Jeff. I know that Mrs. B. has been working with his mom on classroom behavior, including volume control. I asked Jeff if he knew what it was like to be frustrated with his body for not making the right volumes all the time. He nodded. I asked them if they could see that they were both struggling with the same problem. They nodded. I asked if maybe they could help each other monitor their volume so that neither would get in trouble. They looked at me, and then at each other, and nodded. I hope this works a little better than yesterday’s solution.
Monday, October 23