Deftly handle the sixty most common problems classroom teachers face
Quick Answers for Busy Teachers presents some of the most common challenges teachers encounter in the classroom, and provides expert help toward solving those problems. This easy-to-read guide is organized into short, discreet chapters, making it an ideal quick reference for on-the-spot answers, with practical advice and concise, actionable solutions. Readers will develop systems for dealing with issues that repeatedly crop up, from handling the out-of-control class to falling out of love with the job. The book offers innovative methods and techniques that improve student achievement and behavior while minimizing stress on the teacher. Recover from challenging situations with parents, students, coworkers, or administrators, implement a system that keeps those challenges from happening again, and learn to relax and enjoy this richly rewarding profession.
Teaching is difficult. Educators must grapple with a roomful of diverse students, an evolving curriculum, massive organization of books, papers, and supplies, and ever-changing technology. They must deal with challenges from uninvolved parents, overinvolved parents, administrators, and fellow educators. This book helps teachers avoid some of the frustration by providing solutions for the sixty most common challenges teachers face.
Deal with the student pushing your buttons, and get that student actively engaged in meaningful learningKeep students on task, and deal effectively with poor test performanceSpeak your mind at faculty meetingsDeal with negative coworkers effectivelyHandle problem parents without embarrassing students or sacrificing professionalism
As a teacher, igniting young minds is only a small part of the battle it's usually everything else that makes teachers occasionally reconsider their career choice. With solutions and systems in place ahead of time, readers can handle challenges swiftly and skillfully with Quick Answers for Busy Teachers.
ANNETTE BREAUX is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker. Her previous books include 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors and The Ten-Minute Inservice. She has coauthored books with both Harry Wong and Todd Whitaker. TODD WHITAKER, PHD, is professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University. A leading presenter in the field of education, he has devoted his career to researching effective teachers and principals. He is the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently and The Ten-Minute Inservice.
About the Authors ix Preface xi How to Use This Book xiii PART ONE: CHALLENGES WITH STUDENTS 1 1. The Class Clown Is Not Humoring You 3 2. A Student Is Refusing to Do Work 7 3. Several Students Dislike You 11 4. You Embarrassed a Student in Front of His Peers 15 5. Students Who Don t Behave in Your Class Are Behaving for Another Teacher 19 6. You re Not Sure If a Behavior Consequence Was Appropriate 23 7. You re Unsure When to Refer a Student to the Office 27 8. A Student Is Disrespectful to You in Front of the Class 31 9. Some Students Are Afraid to Make Mistakes 35 10. A Student Is Sleeping in Your Class 39 11. You Lost Your Temper with Your Students 43 12. You Feel That Several of Your Students Are Lazy 47 13. You Ask a Student to Step Outside with You and He Refuses 51 14. Students Don t Bring Necessary Supplies to Your Class 55 15. Some Students Are Easier to Like than Others 59 16. A Student Is Prone to Angry Outbursts 63 17. It s Difficult to Stay Motivated When the Students Aren t Motivated 67 PART TWO: CHALLENGES WITH ADULTS 71 18. Some of Your Coworkers Are Negative 73 19. You Experience a Lack of Parental Interest 77 20. You Disagree with Your Administrator 81 21. You Want to Fit In with the Faculty 85 22. A Coworker Says Something Negative About You 89 23. Your Principal Gives You a Negative Evaluation 93 24. A Parent Will Not Return Your Call 97 25. You re Afraid to Speak Your Mind in a Faculty Meeting 101 PART THREE: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES 105 26. You re Struggling to Get Organized 107 27. Your Content Knowledge Is Solid, But Your Management Skills Are Lacking 111 28. Students Enter Your Class and Immediately Begin Talking 115 29. You Have a Chronic Talker in Your Class 119 30. Your Students Misbehaved with the Substitute Teacher 123 31. A Particular Student Is Pushing Your Buttons 127 32. Students Have a Problem with Telling on Others 131 33. A Student Brings an Issue from Outside into the Classroom 133 34. Classroom Discussions Go Off in a Different Direction 137 35. Your Classroom Needs a Makeover, But You re Just Not a Decorator 141 PART FOUR: INSTRUCTIONAL CHALLENGES 145 36. You Tend to Teach the Way You Were Taught 147 37. You re Overwhelmed by New Technology 151 38. Many Students Performed Poorly on a Test 155 39. You re Confused about Assigning Homework 159 40. You re Unsure How to Write a Good Test 163 41. You Teach Many Students at Many Different Levels 167 42. Your Students Don t Stay on Task for Long Periods of Time 171 43. Your Students Don t Participate in Class Discussions 175 44. You re Unsure about Rewarding Your Students 179 45. When Being Observed, You Call on Students Who Know the Answers 183 46. A Student Asks a Question and You Do Not Know the Answer 185 47. After the Test, Your Students Forget What You Have Taught 187 48. You Like a Quiet Classroom 191 49. You Question Whether You Should Have to Write Lesson Plans 195 50. You Need Creative Ideas 199 PART FIVE: PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES 203 51. Another New Program Comes Along 205 52. The Person Awarded Teacher of the Year Does Not Deserve It 209 53. Your Professional Life Is Affecting Your Personal Life 213 54. Your Personal Life Is Affecting Your Teaching 217 55. You Don t Have Time for All the After-School Functions 221 56. Planning Period Has Become Griping Period 225 57. You re Asked to Take On All the Troubled Students 229 58. You re Afraid of Social Media 233 59. You Want to Be More Positive, But It s Difficult 237 60. You Can t Keep Up with Education s Buzzwords and Jargon 241 A Final Word 245 Index 247