Classroom Scenario Analysis
Mrs. Ross has her fourth grade students move their desks together into groups of 2 to do a group activity. She instructs them to pair with anyone they choose. Teresa raises her hand, “I don’t want to pair with Megan again because she doesn’t do any of the work. Can I have someone else?” Megan who is soft-spoken just looks down at the floor as the class waits for the teacher’s response. Mrs. Ross asks Teresa and Megan to come with her outside and instructs the class to carry on with the activity. 1. What level of mutual respect exists between students and the teacher in this scenario? How did mutual respect affect the classroom dynamics? How would you improve mutual …show more content…
Tenth Grade Classroom Scenario
The bell has rung and Mr. Dunn’s tenth grade math class has settled into their seats. “Good morning! Let’s begin by having everyone pass their homework to the front of the class.” Tom walks into class 5 minutes late. Mr. Dunn asks, “Tom, do you have your homework?” Tom looks down at the floor when he answers, “No, I didn’t finish it.” Mr. Dunn asks, “Why not? You knew it was due today, right?” Tom just shrugs. Mr. Dunn asks the rest of the class, “Who else did not turn in their homework today?” Pamela did not do her homework, but is afraid to raise her hand. Mr. Dunn says, “Good job, class! I appreciate everyone who worked hard to get their work turned in on time.” Daniel chimes in, “Which is everyone except Tom!” The class laughs. Tom angrily gets out of his chair and storms out of the room as he says, “I’m sick of this stupid class.” 1. What level of mutual respect exists between students and the teacher in this scenario? How did mutual respect affect the classroom dynamics? How would you improve mutual respect in this classroom?
There exists no mutual respect between the students and the teacher. Mr. Dunn’s only attempt at positive enforcement was telling the class “good job to those who did turn in their homework”. While this