Classroom Management Scenarios and Solutions: 1.

“THE TALKER” (chatting with friends; won’t let other people talk)

1. “THE APATHETIC STUDENT” ('drops out' in participation/assignment completion)
-Assess the situation- Is there a problem? -Try different activities before making it a problem -Ask for anonymous feedback (written in our out of class), anonymous email? -Talk to student… I statement (I’m concerned/confused). Give ‘heads up’ before meeting w/ student.

2. “THE DEFIANT STUDENT”, 'This is boring'
Admit the truth- reiterate goal. Use humor. ”Time out” for discussion (when you choose); solution-focused; written vs. spoken.

3. “THE QUESTIONER” (asks questions you don't have answers to, or that distract from main goals)
Acknowledge but don’t have to answer. Point out that it will be covered later. Use humor.

4. “THE NOSTALGIC STUDENT” That's not what the last teacher said”
Be positive. Use that as resource.

5. “YOUR PERSONAL STALKER” (student who is always around or student who tells you TMI )
Define availability; re-direct conversation; point out resources

language barrier?; lesson on email communication; “Thank you for asking, but…” This one time…

7. Student you CAN'T UNDERSTAND (speaking/writing- see U of Hawaii handout)
Pronunciation with entire class (recommend for individual attn); writing

During a test: walk through, linger; take notes ; If confirmed: talk to student afterward; collaborative quiz/ After: compare with others, Plagiarism: discuss cultural elements, use internet, prevention; no credit? 10. “THE DISRUPTIVE STUDENT” -Use silence/pausing and tone -Use humor -Use your body and eyes, -Talk one-on-one (diffuse by getting personal) -“Give someone else a chance”- make student moderator/notetaker -Calling on students (or Ss calling on each other)/passing ball

Keep your sense of perspective and your sense of Ask a directed question." When communicating a concern. Re-direct a student's attention. Important Strategies (for problem-solving) • • • • • • • • • • • Establish eye contact. Begin a new For example. Offer a choice. Send a silent Use humor. Use the first 15 minutes of class for lectures or presentations. Break the class period into two or three different activities.nea. Give a quiet reminder.html . .http://www.html http://www. Don't roll call. Never engage in a disciplinary conversation across the room. while a student does a presentation. Don't talk too much. Know when to ask for help. Wait quietly (or use bell/lights off) until everyone is on task. Provide positive reinforcement. Begin at the very beginning of each class period and end at the very end. • • OTHER WEBSITES: http://www. Move around the room and increase proximity to restless students.html General principles? 5 ‘basic’ class rules/policies -Reward good behavior.pacificnet. Be sure each activity segues smoothly into the next.Make strong students your allies -Start stricter than you intend to be. Take the roll with your seating chart while students are working.league. involve the other students in evaluating it.nea.use compliments .html • • • • • • • • • • Use the word "concerned.Be consistent From the NEA site: http://www. Discipline individual students quietly and privately.Punishments should be ‘negative’ -Keep ‘em busy (especially early in quarter) -Learn student names early .org/gettingresults/web/module1/diversity/accomodate_adult_learners. Keep all students actively involved. be specific and descriptive. then get the kids working.More on Classroom Management.

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