[nobe-l] classroom management

Heather kd5cbl at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 02:10:32 UTC 2011

I asked this question to a sighted teacher and she told me this happens to
her as well. Well, she could not see who was talking at the table during a
test she was giving.   She left the room to the connected little office or
closet in the classroom to grab something and she came back to find students
talking during the test.  She approached the table where the talking was
taking place and asked who did the talking and there was no reply.  So she
took the papers up and they received a 0 for the test.  Than she informed
all the students that if anyone else was caught talking, they would receive
a 0 for the test too.  So I think it happens to everyone who is a teacher.  
As for the first question, that is a symptom of the students these days.  I
would tell the students who keep moving around the room or disrespecting you
that they have detention.  I am not sure if your school allows for this or
not.  But if they have detention, perhaps they will start to listen to you.
I would make a list of your rules that you post somewhere around the
classroom about the ground rules while your teaching.  I don't know if you
went over that or not but in my special populations class, we learned how to
affectively control differing situations in the classroom.  Each situation
is different and each age group requires a different solution.  Good luck!

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Of Faith Manion
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:06 PM
To: NFB Education
Subject: [nobe-l] classroom management

Hello All,
 I am looking for some classroom management suggestions.  I am currently
completing my student teaching in an 8th grade classroom.  I have about two
weeks left at this school and then I will move to the high school.  I am
having some issues and I was hoping someone might have some suggestions.

1. The students are very comfortable with me now and are taking advantage of
the situation.  (I.E. not opening their books when we read, telling me they
are following along even if this is not true, moving around the room, and
switching seats. They have also become good at lip talking.)  The teacher I
am working with has informed me about these situations and I'm not sure the
best way to address these issues.  I considered appointing a student to help
me monitor the classroom, but I don't think this is best for this age group.
I want to manage the classroom independently.

2. I have one class in particular that always wants to talk.  Some days this
is easier to control then other days.  Sometimes they even want to talk when
I am giving instructions, which obviously doesn't work.

3.  How do you typically arrange the room for tests?  This week I
administered a test.  The desks were grouped in fours, like a square.
During the testing environment, many of the students would whisper to one
another even after I had given direct instructions not to talk.
Most of the students stopped talking when I caught them in the act, but some
of them were a little sneaky.  They would whisper to one another and by the
time I reached the area to identify the speakers, they would stop speaking.

I would appreciate any feedback you might provide.  My cooperating teacher
is great to work with and provides great feedback, but I think
classroom management is somewhat difficult in this case.   She doesn't
really know how to help me improve in all areas of management.
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