Do you ever struggle to manage the daily challenges that come with every class: Kids calling out, fiddling or playing with mobile phones and Ipods? Dr Bill Rogers will provide you with advice regarding how to handle these challenges in an effective and assertive manner, in order to have the most impact.
The practical steps are as follow:
- Firmly remind the class of the school rules. For example, we do not have Ipods on in class.
- Ask the child how their work is going to assess whether they understand
- Give the child a directive choice. Such as, I want you to put your Ipod into your bag or leave it on the teacher’s desk until break time.
Most importantly, remember you are the teacher. Do not walk up to the child and ask them for the object, “give me your Ipod.” Instead go to the child and talk about the work, “how is your work going.” Do not move away from the primary issue and onto secondary issues. For example, if the child tries to discuss how they are capable of working with their Ipod still on. Tactically ignore the secondary residuality, for example the child saying that other teachers will let them listen to music.