My dear teacher-friends, we have a newbie in need! Grab your rulers and rubrics and your favorite texts and gather ’round!
Derek, over at EatsBugs, had a conversation not too long ago with his principal. It turns out that his principal sent the clear message that Derek needs to work on his classroom management skills if he wants to keep his job next year.
While he is understandably shaken by this conversation – NONE of us likes to have our shortcomings pointed out like that – he’s taking it in precisely the right way; he’s using the suggestions as a launching point for making his teaching practice better. He’s not downhearted or depressed or defeated, he’s inspired – he motivated, he’s challenged, he’s stoked, and he wants our help.
I am honored to have you all as part of my community. Among my readers I have a wide and impressive collection of experience – from early childhood educators up through the University level – and in about every concentration I can think of. I have readers who don’t earn their living as teachers, but who are teachers nonetheless. You are all smart and kind and knowledgeable and generous, and I am proud that Derek asked “*chilibringfriends*” That’s you guys. Will you help?
Go on over here and chime in. What do YOU do as part of that amorphous, undefinable skill we teachers call “classroom management”? What challenges do you find yourself facing? What have you got totally knocked? What advice or suggestions would you offer my friend who wants to be the best teacher he can be?