Disrespectful behaviors can be used towards anyone older or smaller than you, in this short story, Charles showed extreme disrespect to teachers, “The teacher’s friend told Charles to touch his toes like I just did and Charles kicked him” (Jackson 75). Educators are in my opinion the hardest workers as they spend their dedicated time to help you be successful in the future. Teachers are there to help children learn, not to be used as human punching bags. As a matter of fact, discipline and respect is something all parents should teach their children before sending them to school, and after reading the story I feel like Charles parents need to take time on him. As I mentioned earlier character traits shape you as a person so always make sure you have more positive than negative traits.
However there are still hope to reduce the severe problems among school students as parents should devote more time with their children, children should change their eating style and they should watch less media violence. Nevertheless, by understanding students’ and children’s views and guiding them patiently, they can change and behave in a more appropriate manner. Children and students are jewel of the society as they are the future of the world so it is our responsibility to guide them in the right direction. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner (Nelson Mandela, 1918) .
Through the observation logs, students are seen to be inconsiderate towards their peers when “some of the students were talking loudly amongst themselves during the lesson”. Students are also very blunt when they speak to their friends stating that “we should also avoid eating food that are fried so that we can be slim and that will help us to get a boyfriend”. Such comments on their weight is extremely rude and disrespectful as this may be a sensitive subject for some individuals. During the in-depth interview, “a few students that was seated separately around the class was using their mobile phones” and “some of the students were talking loudly amongst themselves during the lesson”. Such behaviours that are blatantly portrayed is intolerable in a classroom setting as those individuals disregard the effect of such acts on their peers and teachers.
When children are very young, they have not learned these social cues. They will say whatever comes to their mind, no matter how rude or inappropriate it would be. They wouldn’t know that what they are saying or how they are acting is wrong until they are taught by society that they are. They are shown and taught these symbols through the reactions of others, which help them know who they should be and how they should act. Imagine having everyone act like children.
The students knew the class rules with the help of a rhyme, and the rules were also clearly visible in the front of the class. The teacher’s knowledge of the children, their weaknesses and strengths are admirable, she is very knowledgeable of their lives and this gives the children a sense of belonging. I think for me this is one of the numerous goals that I have for myself as a future teacher. It is as if her knowledge of their outside lives contributes to the mutual respect between her and her students. This is also one of the best contributing factors for their rapport.
The teachers informed the toddlers about what is going to happen next. For example, the teacher told the toddlers when they were going to pick them up so the toddlers shouldn’t be surprised or shocked. The teachers also allowed the toddlers to participate in the action the caregivers were going to do on the toddlers. For example, the teacher said, “Maya can you help me pull down your pants so I can change you.” The toddler felt part of the experience. The caregivers smiled and used eye contact as they spoke to the child.
The most important thing that I learned was the fact that even through each students have their own needs, they all respected one another. When a student was talking, others listened and waited for their turn. When a student misbehaved in the classroom, other students did not seemed to judge him or her for it by rolling their eyes those that I saw in class before. The same thing apply to when someone needed something such as a rest. If a student got the answer incorrectly, others did not said “no” or roll their eyes, they simply waited for the student to retry again.
Behavior issues can interfere with the teaching that go on in the classroom and can lead to unnecessary time being taken away from teaching. There are already expectations on how children and teachers should behave in the whole elementary school. The teacher has a system set up in her classroom where if something inappropriate was said to take a sticky note off of her desk and to write what happened and put it by where the teacher is. When it comes to the teacher’s attention she calls the people who were involved and asks what happened, what should have happened in that situation, and how can we make that situation better now. One student wrote that someone called them dumb, so Kreglow brought the two students back and said so what happened in this situation and the student explained that she would not leave us alone, so I eventually called her dumb.
I was inspired (from the elementary student teachers) to know the amount of work they had to do along with teaching the content; like channelling students’ energy in the right direction, instilling moral values and taking care of their personal problems. For example, some needy students keenly waited for the breakfast and snacks to be served since they couldn’t bring food from home. I was sad to see this but felt happy to serve them at the same time. There was a student with special needs in my group for which my fellow student teachers organized more activities of his interest. For example, he liked painting, arts and crafts instead of playing games in the gym.