Throughout the workshops we hardly had any discipline issues, mainly because we walked around and made our presence felt throughout the classroom. I suggest to teachers that they need to be constantly on the move and cannot be stationary, students need to know that they are constantly being watch by the teachers. Another suggestion would be to get parents involved, so students know and understand that you have the support of the parents.
As for classroom management strategies, I have a cue “5 to 0” countdown to get students attention. Once I give the direction and explain how the cue works, the kids follow me nicely. The second strategy I used was the “firm-fair-consistent” policy. I ran the group just like my classroom. Although I saw the kids only four weeks, I told them consequences if they fail to follow the teachers’ directions and I make sure that I follow my words. For example, I took an iPad away from one boy when he continued using the iPad and refused to face the screen down when one teacher was speaking. When the group saw that, all of them put their iPads faced down and focused their attention to the teacher who gave the lesson. Last but not least, as a teacher, always have a plan B ready. When things don’t turn the way we planned, have something else to do to keep the kids occupied.
If I were to do the project again, I would probably spend a little bit more time on behavior expectations, especially when working in groups. Some groups were arguing about what to do, how to do it. Another thing I would do differently, is that I would use my app called “TeamShake” to randomly put kids into groups. They would be grouped heterogeneously. I noticed some groups were homogeneous. Maybe this would alleviate the arguing among the kids. (KS)