I had the opportunity to observe kindergarten students during my field experience session at St. Mary’s Elementary school today. The weather being a beautiful day influenced Mr. Mack to give the students an opportunity to play in the playground. Prior to going outside Mr. Mack had the students perform their daily warm-up with jogging four laps, jumping jacks and sit-ups. He also expressed the safety rules that were to be abided by the students once outside. To make sure the students were paying attention he used checking for understanding by asking questions about the safety rules he just reiterated.
Reflecting back on the management strategy that Mr. Mack demonstrated in the playground, I would have added some additional strategies to the confrontation with the student. Through the knowledge I learned in EDU 355 it would have been appropriate to have the student recognize what he did wrong. Also, provide a problem solving task on how the student can improve on his misbehavior. After Mr. Mack had pulled the student to the side to have an individual conversation with him/her, Mr. Mack could have established checking for understanding questions on what the rules in the playground were. Other questions could also be mentioned regarding what the student that did wrong, may have violated the rules and what could the student do to prevent the situation again.