|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.6||June 2009|
|Cover Story by Graysen Walles|
|Teaching – The Power of Influence|
|The impact of teaching is clear, and the influence of the profession is immeasurable. All it takes is one moment, one situation, one discussion to turn the life of a young learner.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|Nine Year Summary of Articles, 2000 to 2009|
|On April 26, 2009, President Obama hosted the four 2009 finalists for America’s top national teaching honor, the National Teacher of the Year award. Alex Kajitani, who teaches mathematics at Mission Middle School in the Escondido Union (Elementary) School District in San Diego County was one of the four finalists.|
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|»||Buddy Programs for Elementary Schools Leah Davies|
|»||Moving to September Todd R. Nelson|
|»||Ronald Reagan and the Art of Influence Marvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac|
|»||Substitute issues: Bathroom Passes & Anger Management Barbara Pressman|
|»||Preparing Students for Travel: Films and Immunizations Josette Bonafino|
|»||A Message to Share with Parents about Summer Learning Dorothy Rich|
|»||Classroom Clean-Up and Clay in a Can Rick Morris|
|»||Schools and Filters: Ice Age, the Meltdown Matt Levinson|
|»||Effort: It Can be Taught! Deborah Granger|
|»||Homework: Damned if you do, and if you don’t Alan Haskvitz|
|»||Parents Are Recruits, Teachers Are Responsible, Kids Are Victims, and Schools Are Culpable For At-Risk Problems Bill Page|
|»||12 Ways to Stop Conflict in its Tracks! Susan Fitzell|
|»||Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VIII Hank Kellner|
|»||The Writing on the Wall Tim Newlin|
|»||More Brain Teasers Steve Sherman|
|»||Teacher of Facts - and of Life Rachelle Ann A. Abad|
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Substitute issues: Bathroom Passes & Anger Management
Substitute teachers seek advice about managing lavatory requests and how to control one’s anger in the face of challenging behavior by students.
Dear Barbara - Advice for Substitute Teachers
by Barbara Pressman
The author of Substitute Teaching from A to Z (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
Continued from page 1
June 1, 2009
What should I do if I loose my temper?
My concern is that I might “loose it” someday and begin shouting. I don’t want to make a fool of myself. I came dangerously close this afternoon. I was teaching sixth grade reading. I was working with students who struggle academically. Naturally, they are not terribly interested in the work, especially when a sub is in for the day.
I simply could not get their attention. No one cared. I tired everything. And I just lost it. I yelled and pleaded. Even I could sense that I sounded pathetic!
How can I avoid loosing my temper?
Adam in Los Angeles
Every sub has had days like that. You are not alone. Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are days when you just can’t seem to gain control, no matter what you do. Everyone “looses it” once or twice in his or her teaching career.
Please remember one thing: no matter what happens in that room, no matter how angry you feel, do not loose your temper. Once you do, you are no longer in control. Be aware that you are the authority figure in that room. You are setting an important tone.
Try to focus on the few students who are cooperating. Praise them. Change your voice inflection. Tell the class that when work is completed, there will be an opportunity for free time.
Now try to isolate the source of disruption. Usually one or two students are the culprits. Rather than punishing the whole class, take aside the cause of the problem, look him right in the eye, and ask him to get to work now. Tell him this is his one and only warning. If he continues to act out, give him a referral, a detention, or send him to the office with a note. This will show the others that you are serious. Sometimes you need to make an example of one student to get attention and to gain control.