The unpredictability of the class we work with has also taught me how to improvise and deal with conflict. There have been difficult pupils but learning what to expect from them and what works in terms of settling their behaviour has changed the experience in our classroom greatly. The longer we work with our class, the easier it is to control their behaviour as a whole, and therefore to work well with smaller groups and develop their literacy skills.
Although most of what I’ve learnt has come from difficult situations, I’m grateful for the experience and it’s taught me to appreciate teaching and adapt to become a better teacher.
Written by Chloe Scott, 18 November 2014