The blog I read about is actually on a Smart Classroom Management blog I happened to find. The blog discusses reasons why it is important for teachers to stand in one place when giving directions to the students, instead of moving around the classroom. The blog states that students will be more attentive if you stand still while giving directions, it’s easier to focus for the students, removes obstacles, and keeps you in contact with the students. Interesting…..
I actually read this blog before class today but was unable to finish my post. i am actually glad this happened. During class today Katia walked around the room constantly while we were having a class discussion. At no time when she was walking around the class did I become disengaged from the discussion, feel less focus or felt that there were obstacles in the way. I actually felt like she was trying to engage all the students by making a point of walking around the room.
The post I read in the blog doesn’t fit my sense of classroom management. I want to interact with my students as much as possible. I also believe that walking around the room will make them pay more attention to what I am saying because they may feel that I am checking up on them (which I may be doing in ‘stealth mode’)!!! If students are possibly doing something that they maybe shouldn’t be, the close proximity of a teacher will soon change that. After all isn’t that the point of lectures is to have students listening and engaged?
I feel the blogs remarks totally fit into the anti-oppresive ideals of the education program we are now learning about. As future teachers we are being taught to engage our learners, connect with them, interact with them. In my personal opinion, I don’t believe that standing in front of a class and giving directions is beneficial to any students. Part of my working classroom will have me interacting with students, engaging them in what I am saying and making sure they are listening to what I am saying.
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