Erik Ford
10 min readFeb 27, 2021
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Vignette 1: Descriptive Reflection

The situation I am about to describe comes from a video that I will describe below.

In the video that I viewed, there is a class of six boys and a male teacher. The students are sitting in rows, two by three, at individual desks. The class is about to start reviewing American history when one of the students, Dan, appears to be disconnected from the rest of the class. When the teacher tells the class that they are about to begin the lesson, Dan immediately starts to roll his head back in frustration, slaps his book down on his leg and immediately turns to the student on his left and taps him on his shoulder, trying to get his attention.

Immediately, from my own schooling experience in late primary school and throughout high school, I could tell that this was going to end in disaster for both the teacher and Dan. Already, I can see the tension starting to build and the growing frustration for both Dan and the teacher.

The teacher begins asking the students who the Axis powers were and a few students in the front start to answer, however, the teacher’s attention is immediately shifted from the students and onto Dan, telling him to ‘stop being disruptive’, in a commanding tone. The teacher moves on with the next question ‘who were the Allies’, and again the same students respond but, this time Dan puts his hand up to answer, however, the teacher skips Dan which results in Dan getting up from his seat and skipping towards a student in the front row. Immediately the teacher snaps to attention like a drill sergeant and barks at Dan’ hey, hey Dan, stop being disruptive’. Dan returns to his seat, arms crossed across his body, shaking his head in frustration and sitting in a sulky position. The teacher resumes the lesson and asks a follow-up question. At that moment, Dan leans forward in his chair and then playfully leans out of his chair and rests his hands on the back of the chair of the student sitting in front of him, and then starts to run past the teacher at the front of the class. The teacher again shouts out ‘hey, hey Dan, sit down. I’m tired of this disruptive behaviour’, placing his hand in Dan’s way, who then collides with the teacher before falling to the ground and running back to his desk.

Erik Ford

Post-graduate student at the University of Sydney, enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Primary) Program. I was previously an undergraduate at UWS enrolled in IR