Education in Sweden: chaotic behaviour in the classroom

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This is Jasmin Andersson’s summary of her first week in her second training placement:

The hardest thing has been the work environment in the classroom.

Many students became very upset, angry or ‘offended’ when I asked them to put down their screens and mobiles, take their bags off the tables, stop talking with each other and take their headphones from their ears.  A pupil I asked to close down his computer or go out answered: ‘It’s not my fault that my match hasn’t finished’ and another who I asked to take out his earphones answered ‘Why do you care?  I get to do what I want’.  The attitude is that the work environment, listening to the teacher and each other and showing respect aren’t important.  Mobile ban in the school?  Yes thanks.  Then of course there is a need for more steps to get a good classroom climate.

I have been in fantastic teacher-led lessons this…

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