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Teacher Using Reflection to Solve Problems in the Classroom

Recall a work related problem you have faced. Describe the problem and how you handled it at the time. Can you think of policies or procedures you might have in place that would either have prevented the problem or made the problem less disruptive? Describe that policy or procedure.

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Recall a work related problem you have faced. Describe the problem and how you handled it at the time. Can you think of policies or procedures you might have in place that would either have prevented the problem or made the problem less disruptive? Describe that policy or procedure.
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Recall a Work-Related Problem

When I first started teaching, I had a huge problem trying to figure out how I wanted to handle classroom management. It was difficult to figure out specifically how what I believed as a person connected to each part of how I managed my classroom and how I disciplined my students. I had thought about this plenty while in school and in student teaching, but it is completely different when you have your own classroom with your own group of students.
During the time I was trying to connect what I believed with my actual behavior management in my own classroom, I had a lot of problems. I wasn't consistent with discipline at all because I didn't have a clear sense of my management style and the students certainly could sense my lack of confidence in this area.
This was an overwhelming work related problem because as a new teacher, I was really too intimidated to ask for any help. I also didn't really know how I was going to find the time to reflect and align each part of my management plan with my beliefs and with this age group and with this particular group of students while I was also doing everything else a new teacher is overwhelmed by. There just wasn't even any time to stop and think about how to fix the problem.
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Describe the problem and how you handled it at the time.

The Problem Actually Created the Solution

Necessity is the mother of invention!

I had many students that were acting out, but one in particular was absolutely driving me crazy. His name was Brian, and I just got to the point one day where I had simply ...

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When I first started teaching, I had a huge problem trying to figure out how I wanted to handle classroom management. It was difficult to figure out specifically how what I believed as a person connected to each part of how I managed my classroom and how I disciplined my students. I had thought about this plenty while in school and in student teaching, but it is completely different when you have your own classroom with your own group of students.
During the time I was trying to connect what I believed with my actual behavior management in my own classroom, I had a lot of problems. I wasn't consistent with discipline at all because I didn't have a clear sense of my management style and the students certainly could sense my lack of confidence in this area.
This was an overwhelming work related problem because as a new teacher, I was really too intimidated to ask for any help. I also didn't really know how I was going to find the time to reflect and align each part of my management plan with my beliefs and with this age group and with this particular group of students while I was also doing everything else a new teacher is overwhelmed by. There just wasn't even any time to stop and think about how to fix the problem.
I then mapped the school-wide expectations into my own classroom management plan and used this reflective model to create a classroom full of self-discipline and self-control.

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