When I wasn’t in placement, the LEAD course brought in some amazing guest speakers that not only talked about what it’s like to be a student within the 21st century, but also how to cope and handle students in classrooms that struggle with confidence, behavioural issues, mental health, and being accepted by others. I applaud the select guest speakers because they really went into detail about their presentations. The majority of PLS’s I have been to can come off as pushy, seeking pity, and only cover the surface of problem. LEAD presentations have been selected to talk about the real problems students face, how to recognize these symptoms and how to help. Every guest speaker that has presented their findings, I have taken with me into my own placement experiences.
My past three visits to my placement school have put these practices to the test. I like to take some of my own past experiences of high school and apply it to current situations in my placement. As a high school student, I was very weak and didn’t participate in class discussion, barely raised my hand...
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...e to shift my personality with some classes in order to get the best response out of them. For my Academic grade 9 English class, I was more open about my life (as open as I would be with any student), and engaged students to push themselves further academically. With my locally developed classes, I was more encouraging, confident building, and more stern with classroom and individual consequence. I am still not the best when it comes to discipline—obviously we can’t kill kids with kindness every day and there are limits they need to learn not to cross. Maybe we can have a day of case studies and examples of what to do in situations when the class can’t be controlled. The LEAD program thus far has been nothing but beneficial.
Next steps for LEAD are to possibly go over IEP’s and knowing how to run a classroom when the majority of students have academic struggles.
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