In this situation, one of my students made a phone call during class (and during my first observation), and the observation in general did not go well. The next class, at the advice of my Cooperating Teacher, I asked Arianna to come talk to me out in the hallway to clear things up. I apologized for getting upset with her during class, and got a chance to hear why she was on the phone. After realizing that she was just calling her mother to get a ride home, I realized that sometimes students do the wrong thing not because they are trying to be a disrespectful student, but simply because the circumstances called for it. We both apologized to one another, and since then we have had a positive relationship. The moral of this story is that as a teacher, you should not rush to judgement when a student appears to be misbehaving. There is often a logical explanation for their misbehavior, and it is our duty as teachers to understand where students are coming from before jumping to conclusions and letting out emotions get the best of us.
Hi mom! I'm in class right now but I'm calling you because I need a ride home.
Arianna, you shouldn't be on your phone while you're in class! (Also, you're making me look bad during my observation!)
I understand, Mr. Dyer. I'm glad we talked about this privately and worked it out.
Arianna, I understand that you needed a ride home, but you should ask me before you call someone in the middle of class.
I really enjoy being in your class, Mr. Dyer. I'm glad we get along after that incident last class.
I'm glad too, Arianna! We both made some mistakes, but we can work together to improve and make the right choices going forward.