(Thanks to Sharon Rothenberg, Ph.D. for these situations)

**The best way to test your skills and knowledge base is to go to our bulletin board (go back to the home page of  and click on the bulletin board link) and read the real-life concerns posted by teachers.  Think of what you might recommend.  Then read the replies of others.  Have your thoughts changed?  OH...While you're on the bulletin board, why not leave some of your suggestions?

1.      You have an effective class management system whereby free time is earned for completing assigned class work. John never gets his work done and therefore never gets free time. You feel badly, but a rule is a rule. John and you are both frustrated. What do you do?

2.      You teach a lesson and then give a follow-up worksheet to be completed by all pupils while you conduct individual student conferences. You are frequently interrupted with questions, and are unable to give your undivided attention to specific students during the individual discussion sessions. You find yourself increasingly angry at the class. What do you do?

3.      Jane angrily enters your classroom.  She has just been scolded by another teacher for "fooling around" and has had the privilege of eating lunch outside at the picnic tables revoked for the rest of the week. In your class she is refusing to do work, calls out and continues the behavior from the other class, adding to it her complaints of unfairness. The class is in danger of not earning the class reward of an extra recess period for having completed all of your assignments. What do you do?

4.    You have carefully implemented a respectful way of talking to the youngsters in your class (see the first link on the home page of this web site). You are assigned a full time classroom aide who frequently becomes angry with the children and takes it upon herself to harshly correct behaviors you choose to overlook. She thinks you're "too soft" and don't fully understand that the kids need "discipline."  She was "whupped" (spanked) while growing up and thinks that's what the kids need now.  What do you do?

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