This post is authored by John Funk, a university clinical instructor who teaches courses in early childhood, children’s literature, classroom management and reading methods. Besides teaching K-2 himself for almost 25 years, John currently supervises and instructs pre-service teachers. He routinely teaches workshops around the country on literacy and language arts and other early childhood topics.
This academic year I have spent extra time in a second grade classroom where one of my student teaching candidates is assigned. The group is challenging for her because the host teacher in the classroom has not been successful in maintaining good classroom management. I have tried to model and build positive relationships with some of the ‘special’ children in the group.