Supervision is the never-ending process of observing what is happening around you. In some cases, you will need to supervise children very closely whereas in other situations you can give students more freedom. In deciding what level of supervision is required, you will need to consider:
There are four approaches or types of supervision. You may use a combination of these 4 types of supervision
depending on the needs of the situation.
Autocratic A person wields power in an authoritarian manner and expects obedience from others based on their position of power.
Laissez-faire A person in charge is relaxed and casual in their approach to supervising others and may let others manage the task.
Democratic A person in charge asks those being supervised for agreement and input into the rules and activity.
Bureaucratic The person in charge carefully follows the relevant policies or procedures without much interpretation. Plan Scan Act (PSA) is an easy to remember strategy to help ensure sufficient supervision during all activities.
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