Upon coming to BSN, I noticed a lot of classroom management techniques that are very similar to back home. Since my school is a private school, it is more strict and the expectations are a lot higher than that of a public school. The head, who is our principal is very strict with the students and makes it known that she has the power over the students. At the same time, she has a very sweet side that she shows sometimes too. I think the parents like her because she tells them and shows them that her school has high expectations and follows through with it. The school policies are that children are to be respectful of anyone who is older than them because they are the authority. Children are supposed to be quite in the hallways when walking, and walk in a single file line whenever they go anywhere in the school. During assembly which is the first 45 minutes of the day, students are to sit in their classes marked off section and be quiet until the head speaks. They are to respond to her when she says good morning students they respond, “Good morning Head Parry-Davies and teachers and staff!” All students with birthdays stand up and the whole school sings happy birthday to them followed at the end with three hip hip horrays!
As far as in the classroom, my teacher follows a lot of similar features that PBIS has. He praises the students that do well on things and ignores students who have not met expectations. He said no student wants to be yelled at, and it does no good. He veers away from doing this. A lot of the time his voice is so booming, that it seems a lot like yelling, but his voice is just loud. The students listen to him whenever he speaks or instructs because there aren’t too many male teachers that they have had. Secondly, he is tall and intimidating with his voice so he is complete control of his students. He will threaten them with a statement like this if they are messing around, “If you can’t do it right, you can practice at lunch time for the time that you have wasted now.” This makes students not want to miss their recess so they listen. I would never threaten a child with them missing recess because I think that they NEED that time to get their energy out to be able to concentrate and do well for the rest of the day. This technique works for my teacher, and he doesn’t often keep students in during lunch because then he has to assist them during his lunch time as well.
In my class, we wait until all students are silent before talking. Students need to give us their respect and attention if they are to learn, and my teacher just shouts something and they listen to him. For me, I just hold up my hand and that is my sign to be quiet and listen. So far, my technique has worked out very well for me. Students at my school are very eager to please, and they want to do what is right, so as long as I have their attention, it is easy to make sure they are paying attention when I am teaching because they care about their education and doing well. They have a lot of pressure put on them from their families, so they put forth a lot of effort in school. It is wonderful working with students who want to do well and please. No anything like students back home! I know for myself, I didn’t really care too much about school when I was younger. These students are like gems found in a pile of brown stones. They are AMAZING.