Facing my Class

Going into my first year of teaching, I knew that it would be physically and mentally demanding. But what I hadn’t braced myself for was how emotionally demanding this profession would be as well. In the past nine months that I have been teaching, I have never before experienced such extremes in anger, frustration, desperation,…

A Letter to my Class

After talking with a couple teachers today, I felt really disheartened with the apathetic attitude and defiance of many students at school. I was even more saddened that this behaviour is beginning to spread to affect students that earlier in the year were very excited about learning. For some of my students, their attendance is…

Seating Plans are Awesome

The key is to be firm and consistent. I learned this the hard way. I implemented a seating plan at the beginning of the year for my junior high class and gradually, it diminished into students sitting on the counters and in their small circles of friends. They were happy that way, and I was…

Teacher Tip #4: Discipline

My vice-principal sent out an e-mail to all the staff today to address the issue of discipline in our school. I think her words say it all: ______________________________________________________________________ There are lots of rules, but sometimes we are unsure of how to handle certain situations, like a student constantly arguing or challenging you in class. Our…

Classroom Management and Discipline

I am so glad to say that today’s class with the 26 nine year olds went MUCH more smoothly! Preamble: Before I begin, I have to say that I really admire teachers (and TA’s) who can speak sharply and discipline students directly and meaningfully in a way that is not threatening but is certainly intimidating.…

At My Wit’s End

It’s only the middle of October, but I am already losing it! I have twenty-six nine year olds in one of my classes and it is quickly becoming the class that I dread. The majority of the students are great – but it only takes a couple of, for lack of a better expression, “bad apples” to…