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800 word Reflection

EDL1240 – Introduction to Teaching
Assignment 1B:
3R Reflective Writing
Tutor: Sasha Janes
Student name: Benjamin Pugh
Student ID: 10527152
Campus & time: Mount Lawley, Tuesday
Due date: Monday, May 3, 11:59PM
How do effective teachers create and maintain a safe and supportive learning
environment for their students?
On day one, ‘Teacher A’ opened the classroom door and greeted the year one students as
they entered the learning space. When the students got set up with their pencil buckets on
their desks and their chairs under the desks, Teacher A reminded the students to get their
letter booklets out and to start practicing their letters. Teacher A would then observe these
students whilst walking around the classroom, providing assistance and further instructions
to the students. Teacher A would then inform the students to pack away their letter
booklets and to fold their arms and look towards the front of the classroom. Teacher A
would then start singing a rhyme about mutual respect and why it is fun to learn, then the
students would then sing along. Throughout the day, Teacher A would constantly make sure
the students understood what they were meant to be doing. On day two, Teacher A would
do the same thing and open the classroom door for the students and greet them as they
entered the learning space. After Teacher A instructed the students to do their daily
morning activities, Teacher A then instructed the students to sit on the floor at the front of
the classroom. Teacher A had previously put different coloured spots all around the front of
the classroom, as she uses these spots to instruct the students to sit on them, to prevent
any unnecessary poor behaviour by splitting up friends who may distract each other. During
this day of practicum, Teacher A would sit the students down at the front of the classroom
to practice their phonics. Teacher A would read aloud and pronounce these letters/words
and constantly repeat them at least five times for each letter/word.
It is vital that educators interact with their students from the moment they enter the
learning area. Students value their teachers. It has been shown that students make
decisions about their future studies based on their impressions of the teachers they
associate with (Tellhed et al., 2017, pp. 86–96). Teacher A would open the classroom door
early enough so that she could interact with the students. This is a pivotal aspect of a child’s
education as the student’s will feel as if they belong in the classroom. How teachers
communicate with students individually and in groups is an essential element of teaching as
it can affect students' interest and decisions, and therefore the quality of learning (Roxå &
Marquis, 2019, pp. 342–353).
Repetition is a crucial aspect of the students’ education. Throughout the day, when Teacher
A would work on phonics with the students, she would constantly repeat herself so the
students could then also repeat it out loud, making them remember the things they are
being taught. According to (Bruner, 2001), “Repetition matters because it can hasten and
deepen the engagement process”. As Teacher A read the phonics out loud, she also got the
students to repeat what she was saying. Repetition is an important learning tool because it
aids in the transition of a skill from the conscious to the subconscious mind. A skill is
developed and rehearsed over time through repetition, and it progressively becomes easier
(Focus and Repetition in Learning - APL nextED, Inc., 2020).
As I entered the classroom for the first time on my first day of practicum, I was impressed to
see the students already getting prepared by getting their desks set up and start completing
their letter booklets. I was able to clearly identify that Teacher A has a close bond with these
students, resulting in more productive education for the students. I was able to recognise
the strategies Teacher A used to control the classroom, which were by placing students
where she wanted them to be sat at the front of the classroom. I was also able to identify
the constant encouragement of mutual respect within the classroom, which made the
classroom feel as if it was a safe place where everyone could share ideas without any
judgement. During my time at practicum, I could also see Teacher A constantly walking
around the classroom, providing assistance to students if they were confused. These are all
strategies that I would like to adopt as an educator, as I can see what differences these
things can make within a classroom.
Bruner, R. (2001). Repetition is the First Principle of All Learning. ResearchGate.
Focus and Repetition in Learning - APL nextED, Inc. (2020). Aplnexted.com.
Roxå, T., & Marquis, E. (2019). Teachers interacting with students: an important (and
potentially overlooked) domain for academic development during times of impact (pp.
Tellhed, U., Bäckström, M., & Björklund, F. (2017). Will I Fit in and Do Well? The
Importance of Social Belongingness and Self-Efficacy for Explaining Gender
Differences in Interest in STEM and HEED Majors (pp. 86–96).