[nobe-l] classroom management

Sally Friedman sfriedman2 at nycap.rr.com
Fri Feb 18 03:01:47 UTC 2011

Hi Faith and all,
I teach college which is not exactly the same but a couple thoughts:

First, it's great they are comfortable with you; that shows you're doing a
lot of things right.  And if they have figured out how to take advantage, I
guess it shows they're a smart bunch.
Second, when I have had issues in class, a couple people suggested I think
of it in terms of authority (I'm the teacher; don't mess with me) first even
before I called them on anything about blindness.  So think about it as; I'm
in charge; what do I want to Do?  how do I want to handle this?
And what are some ways you might be able to call them out on this or maybe
surprise them by knowing something they think you don't know which might be
a way to get their attention.  I've taken attendance at the end as well as
the beginning of class to catch people who I think have left.  Perhaps
address some small piece of a blindness issue.  I had a class that was
raising their hands instead of calling out when I'd take attendance; (I
couldn't believe that actually happened), and I finally told them if they
didn't answer I'd just mark them not here.
And somehow it all works out in the end; you don't need to control every
last detail though you do need most of what you want to be happening in the
classroom and you do need to keep most of the stuff you don't want to happen
from happening.

Sally Friedman

?-----Original Message-----
From: nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Faith Manion
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:06 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

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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