As my professional experience draws to an end I feel it’s time to reflect on the experience. As stated in a previous blog I was lucky enough to have a returned placement. This meant I knew the school, the rules, the procedures and some of the students. I thought with this knowledge it would be a breeze. Well I had no first day nerves….. but that was about it. This experience has been challenging due to the teacher’s rules and the students behaviour. Most of my teaching time I had to deal with behaviour management and it is extremely hard when you follow Play is the Way program and the rules are:
- Yellow Poster – it takes great strength to be sensible.
- Orange Poster – treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Red Poster – pursue your personal best no matter who you work with.
- Green Poster – be brave and participate to progress.
- Blue Poster – have reasons for the things you say and do.
- Purple Poster – be the master no the victim.
This is extremely hard when you need to ask the students constantly show me yellow poster or the words “was that a strong or weak choice” or “follower or leader”. The students are very familiar with this language and know exactly what I am referring to when I have had to use it. So like Jacqueline in her blog Behaviour Management, I too have struggled with behaviour management. This actually troubles me as I believe as a teacher aide I have strong behaviour management however I do mostly work with a small group of students. However I wonder if it is the school as many student’s behaviour at the school is quite challenging and every teacher is up against it every day which is taking up a lot of their direct teaching time. Whilst these rules may seem hard to understand they do have some value and I do like the yellow poster – I have used that a lot. I do also like the green poster, students need to participate in order for them to progress. I have only one day left and then I go back to my school where I work as a teacher aide with stronger firmer rules that most of us are used to, however I am sure I will slip up and language like strong or weak will come out and I am also sure the students will look at me as if I have lost my mind.
My experience has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. I have learned I can plan a lesson fairly well, in the early years relate everything back to real life as students will connect and engage, my teaching does need more practice and I need to be able to pick up cues that students are struggling with abstract questions – I must show in concrete, especially in the younger years. I have also learned that it is much harder to observe a whole class and teach at the same time and I hope this develops as I continue my degree and during my first few years as a teacher. The class has been lovely and I do have a few favourites and I will be sad to go. The class is challenging and they do not react well when they have a relief teacher. This is something that really needs to be address as my mentor unfortunately has to take leave for medical reasons. So for the next 3 weeks I will wonder how they are behaving – which little volcanos have exploded. I am thankful of the experience and extremely fortunate to have such an experienced mentor.
Jacqueline’s Blog. Retrieved from https://jacquelinehowlett.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/behaviour-management/
Play is the Way. Retrieved from https://playistheway.com.au/buy-products-resources/58-life-raft-manual-6-x-a4-posters.html