CLASSROOM SCENARIOS FOR DISCUSSION
(Thanks to Sharon Rothenberg, Ph.D. for these situations)
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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