In more classes at Longwood than I can count, I have been taught a substantial amount about the varying array of students I will have in my future classroom. I want my classroom to be very discussion driven and have a large amount of collaboration between students.
After visiting my placement for the past few weeks, I am starting to realize how difficult it may be to have participation from all my students. I have seen students who are disengaged, reluctant, or sometimes even resentful to the curriculum. This has made me think more about what paths I might take in an effort to break these students’ walls down. I want more than anything to have an inclusive and supportive classroom.
I do not yet have a definitive solution to this anxiety of mine. I have been thinking of a variety of ways I can try to get students to enjoy time spent in the classroom, but I believe it may take some actual experience and time to determine the most effective strategies.