Schools can be a complex and diverse environment where teachers are challenged each day with connecting with students and meeting different types of needs with each student. Educators need to have a good understanding of the developmental needs of adolescent students, social circles, anxiety & depression, and many other factors that contribute to student success in the classroom.
The teacher is trying to manage class, teach a lesson, and include all students. Developing relationships with adolescents can be difficult. The classroom environment can change on a day-to-day basis. External factors can affect the classroom environment as well as internal factors. As adults, educators need to strive to provide examples of appropriate behavior, as well as demonstrate planning, decision making, and self-control.
Reading Class After Lunch
Today's Assignment: Read p. 14-23 Answer Questions #1-4
In the cafeteria at lunch time, the teacher is monitoring students with many different behaviors. He looks like he is shouting at the boys. The social aspects of settings like a cafeteria can be both positive and negative, as depicted in the picture. Managing behaviors in these settings is of utmost importance. Creating a positive atmosphere for all students involved is the goal here. Preventing problems by establishing a clear set of rules can aid the management of this setting.
After School Activities
It has been a rough day for this boy, who needed to see the school nurse. As educators and role models, we need to keep our students' health and safety as our number one priority. When they are sick or not feeling well, they are not in a state where they will accomplish learning goals (Maslow's Hierarchy). This boy knows his teacher cares for him and his well-being, which will only serve their teacher/student relationship in a positive way.
After lunch, the class has calmed down and looks ready to learn and engage in the lesson. The teacher may be realizing that returning to school today may have presented different problems for each student. Did the students get adequate sleep over the weekend? Did they get enough to eat last night or this morning? How are things at home? These are all challenges that educators can be presented with. In this situation, the students are content having eaten lunch and had the chance to expend some energy and socialize with their peers.
The students look like they were looking forward to running and playing after school. Bonds can be made by educators who decide to coach extracurricular activities as well. Exercise has been shown to positively affect the brains of both adolescents and adults. There are also many valuable lessons to be learned in settings such as physical education, sports, and other activities. There is also an inclusion aspect to this picture; everyone is having a good experience with their classmates.