Creo que no exagero cuando digo que las escuelas que pasan mucho tiempo "apagando incendios" durante el año escolar, son los que precisamente no han elaborado un plan integral de convivencia aplicable a todos los niveles de la institución. Las dificultades con la convivencia escolar y los casos de bullying aparecerán inevitablemente, es inaceptable hoy que los docentes tengan que perder el tiempo limitado de aprendizaje interrumpiendo la clase por falta de un plan adecuado de convivencia.
Here in the southern hemisphere teachers are preparing for the beginning of a new school year. It is usual that a lot of time is spent on programming the activities for the year and decorating the classroom. In some cases there are days dedicated to inhouse training or courses in matters related to education.
However experience shows that a matter that receives little or no attention but which every teacher must face from the first day of class is how to create a classroom atmosphere that allows harmony and mutual respect that favours effective teaching and learning. We are all aware of the many pressures that teachers have to bear nowadays due to cultural changes within society, the information load with which children reach school through familiarity with information technology, the deterioration of the education systems with respect to these technologies and the changes in the concept of family, among others.
It's clear then that at least during the time of preparation for classes it is necessary to dedicate time to organizing strategies that can be employed throughout the whole school with a view to dealing adequately with the inevitable difficulties that will arise in the classroom. The teachers need to be able to depend on the support of the principals and other school authorities for the effective implementation of the the classroom management plan and dealing with the negative attitude of some parents. It may perhaps sound incredible but it is now common to hear some parents say: "I don't want my child to suffer" when any difficulty arises with regard to the implementation of the school behaviour plan and the need to study seriously. This is not the "suffering" I referred to in the previous post, of course. It is fundamental to constantly bear in mind the rights of both the teachers and the students, but it is equally necessary to speak of the obligations of both.
Given the ever more space and numerous publications that are being directed at the subject of creating a climate for a healthy sense of community in the classroom, it is obvious that such matters must be dealt with during the times of preparation and evaluation of the school year. No matter how clever and advanced the teaching methods and interesting the subject matter may be, if they are not accompanied by an explicit classroom management plan and a basic consensus regarding the rules and consequences to be applied, it will be very difficult to achieve the classroom atmosphere necessary for effective learning. This, of course, is particularly true for those children with learning difficulties and those that suffer any kind of discrimination.
Creo que no exagero cuando digo que las escuelas que pasan mucho tiempo "apagando incendios" durante el año escolar, son los que precisamente no han elaborado un plan integral de convivencia aplicable a todos los niveles de la institución. Las dificultades con la convivencia escolar y los casos de bullying aparecerán inevitablemente, es inaceptable hoy que los docentes tengan que perder el tiempo limitado de aprendizaje interrumpiendo la clase para "apagar incendios" por falta de un plan adecuado de convivencia.
I don't think I'm exagerating when I say that the schools that spend a lot of time "putting out fires", as we say in Argentina, during the school year, are usually those that have not prepared an integral classroom management plan applicable to all levels of the institution. Difficulties with regard to behavior and bullying will inevitably appear during the school year but it is unacceptable nowadays that teachers lose a lot of precious teaching time
A more recent aspect that is appearing in relation to the matter of belonging and discrimination in the classroom is the legal dimension which in Argentina is a theme that has been developed in a new book compiled by Juan Antonio Seda with the title "Bullying: Responsabilidades y Aspectos Legales in la Convivencia Escolar". Those who may be interested in reading on this subject can find further information in www.noveduc.com