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SCHOOL PLACEMENT 1

2016/2017

Student: Jake Byrne.

Class Observed: 5th/6th Class.

Date: 11/11/16

Topic: The importance of rules and


routines in
the classeom.

OBSERVATION
In my second placement
of first-hand classroom
experience we were
vigilant for classroom
rules, the students
behaviour and their
misbehaviour, and how
the teacher dealt with the
misbehaviour. Along with
any routines the teacher
had in place with the
students.
While in the classroom
the students follow basic
rules one of which being
when the student can use
the bathroom. Rather
than asking for the
teachers permission to
leave the classroom and
go to the bathroom, the
students are allowed to
freely exit the classroom
so long as they sign a
sheet to say they had left
and remove their name
once they have reentered. The sheet is
divided up into three for
the times of the day:
Morning, after break, and
after lunch.
During lunchtime, it was
raining so unfortunately
the pupils had to stay
inside. Each teacher
would then either set up

CRITICAL REFLECTION ON THE


OBSERVATION
This routine of not having to ask the teacher to use
the bathroom has likely been put in place so that
students are not disrupting the lesson at hand. I very
much like this because it allows the teacher to stay
focused on the lesson, giving it their full attention
without having to stop or lose track of what they are
saying and/or teaching. Although this may allow
some unchecked movement throughout the class
and school I feel the sign in and out sheet is an
excellent compromise as it allows the teachers to
keep track of their student in case of an incident.
Previously from all my own schooling, asking the
teacher to exit the room was considered a rule and
would have likely been how I would have operated
such a system but now after watching the seamless
teaching despite what would regularly be disrupted
has changed how I think and I am now likely to use
this system or something similar when I myself am
teaching in a classroom.
routines and rules operate at every stage of the
lesson. (Luise Cohen, 2010, p. 104).
While I was watching over some of the classrooms
during the lunch, some of the 3rd/4th class students
were being very disruptive, throwing toys and
making messes. Although they did seem to flinch
and be hesitate whenever my partner or I came into
view of they were quick to test us to see what they
could get away with, as we were new faces to the
school and likely thought we had no real authority
over them and potential punishments we could give.
In future placement if something like this were to
happening again I would be less reluctant to be more
authoritative over them due to my initial
nervousness and after watching how an experienced
teacher of the school dealt with their behaviour. This
has helped me gain a better understanding of how
when students see a weakness in the authority thats

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a movie or put out games
and activities to occupy
the students during this
time. My partner and I
were to watch over the
students during this time.
The 5th/6th class student
were quiet and behaved
as were the 1st/2nd
students but the student
in the 3rd/4th classroom
seemed to misbehave the
most. A few of the
students were willing to
push their luck while we
were there to see how
much they could get
away. One student began
to flick small toys across
the classroom. I then got
the teacher and she then
told the student to pick
up what we had flicked
and made him sit outside
the classroom for
10minutes on his own,
away from the games
and others. When she
was talking to the student
she knelled down to his
level and used an
assertive voice to give
the directions.

over them, they are quick to try exploit it and this


has given me a more hands on experience of how to
deal with student misbehaviour and given me a
gauge that I can use in the future by giving similar
punishments for similar misbehaviour of students.
I feel though in the future this misbehaviour could be
avoided if there were more teachers watching over
the classrooms although it is the teachers break so it
may be difficult to come up with a compromise.
Loss of privileges. This can range from requiring a
pupil to sit alone in isolation to preventing the pupil
going on a school outing. Its main advantages is that
it can be quite upsetting to the pupil (Kyriacou,
1998, p. 94). I feel this was excellent example of
rules in the classroom and how the student broke the
rule and had to face the consequences.

Bibliography
Kyriacou, C., 1998. Essential Teaching Skills. 2nd ed. Cheltenham: Nelson
Thornes Ltd.

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Luise Cohen, L. M. K. M. D. W., 2010. A guide to teaching Practice. Revised 5th
ed. Oxon: Routledge.