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The Classroom Environment
2a: Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport
Upon the completion of my clinical teaching experience at Bayonne High School, I asked my students to reflect on my teaching and note my teaching practices that most enhanced their experience in the classroom. Through the following student testimonials, one can see the common theme of patience, understanding, and a willingness to work with my students to improve their dancing.
2b: Establishing a Culture for Learning
Well-founded classroom management techniques structure a classroom to promote a culture for learning. The provided plan is an examination of various classroom management techniques to promote community and to help students feel confident and secure in the dance classroom.
2c: Managing Classroom Procedures
My full-time clinical teaching experience was held virtually, meaning classroom procedures looked a little different. I've included the homepage used by my cooperating teacher and I as a hub for students to access multiple daily class resources. From this "Bitmoji Classroom", students were able to access their Alignment Checklist, the daily Brain Dance Warm-Up, the class's Theme of the Month, the class-designed Community Guidelines, and a page to submit suggestions for class music.
2d: Managing Student Behavior
The management of student behavior begins with a clear dynamic of understanding and respect between myself and my students. This respect and understanding is demonstrated through the development of class Community Guidelines based on four categories, sharing, instruction, time, and distractions. This class discussion and development is implemented at the beginning of the school year to inform me of student needs and how we can establish a classroom that supports student needs to provide clear but malleable structure in the classroom.
"My success as an educator is defined by the success of my students"
"I feel comfortable when people don't judge me and if i do something wrong they will correct me in a nice way"
"Trusting each other and boosting each other up instead of bringing them down to bring yourself up"
"Stand up for each other"
"Focus on who is sharing and not doing other things while someone is sharing"
"Participating and learning from each other"
2e: Organizing Physical Space
Identity in the classroom is critical to support the idea that students are integral parts of the success in the classroom. Inspiration Collages are key components for organizing the classroom space and have been implemented in both the in-person and virtual classroom. Students develop physical or digital collages to show different things that inspire them. The Inspiration collages are hung in the classroom to beautify the classroom and infuse student voice and identity into the space.
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