Author Biography

Bailey Brown is a graduate of the elementary education program at the University of South Florida and is currently an elementary school teacher. Steve Haberlin is a doctoral student at USF and was Ms. Brown's field supervisor and critical friend for this practitioner inquiry.


Classroom management and student engagement remain a top concern among emerging teachers In this article, we, a preservice teacher in her final internship in an undergraduate elementary education program, and a university supervisor, engaged in inquiry and critical dialogue to explore how various instructional strategies impacted student engagement in a fifth-grade classroom. The teacher collected qualitative data through interviews, photographs, surveys and observational notes and searched for thematic patterns within the data. To further challenge her beliefs, assumptions and perspectives as an educator, the teacher and supervisor participated as critical friends by engaging in reflective dialogue about her practice and findings.