Quick Answers for Busy Teachers. Solutions to 60 Common Challenges

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  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Want Less Stress? A no–frills guide to handling common challenges effectively

Quick Answers for Busy Teachers delivers what the title promises. Teaching can be difficult, time–consuming, and occasionally overwhelming. This book is a wonderfully easy–to–use resource divided into bite–sized sections with tips and strategies for quickly and effectively handling the difficult situations that every teacher will eventually face.

Learn how highly effective teachers deal with common situations like these:

  • A student is refusing to do work
  • It′s difficult to stay motivated
  • You disagree with your administrator
  • A parent will not return your call
  • Your classroom needs a makeover
  • You′re overwhelmed by new technology
  • A student asks a question you can′t answer
  • You just don′t have enough time

Read Quick Answers for Busy Teachers to learn the solutions to these and many more challenges, so you can stress less and love what you do.

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About the Authors ix

Preface xi

How to Use This Book xiii

PART ONE: CHALLENGES WITH STUDENTS 1

1. The Class Clown Is Not Humoring You 3

2. A Student Is Refusing to Do Work 7

3. Several Students Dislike You 11

4. You Embarrassed a Student in Front of His Peers 15

5. Students Who Don t Behave in Your Class Are Behaving for Another Teacher 19

6. You re Not Sure If a Behavior Consequence Was Appropriate 23

7. You re Unsure When to Refer a Student to the Office 27

8. A Student Is Disrespectful to You in Front of the Class 31

9. Some Students Are Afraid to Make Mistakes 35

10. A Student Is Sleeping in Your Class 39

11. You Lost Your Temper with Your Students 43

12. You Feel That Several of Your Students Are Lazy 47

13. You Ask a Student to Step Outside with You and He Refuses 51

14. Students Don t Bring Necessary Supplies to Your Class 55

15. Some Students Are Easier to Like than Others 59

16. A Student Is Prone to Angry Outbursts 63

17. It s Difficult to Stay Motivated When the Students Aren t Motivated 67

PART TWO: CHALLENGES WITH ADULTS 71

18. Some of Your Coworkers Are Negative 73

19. You Experience a Lack of Parental Interest 77

20. You Disagree with Your Administrator 81

21. You Want to Fit In with the Faculty 85

22. A Coworker Says Something Negative About You 89

23. Your Principal Gives You a Negative Evaluation 93

24. A Parent Will Not Return Your Call 97

25. You re Afraid to Speak Your Mind in a Faculty Meeting 101

PART THREE: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES 105

26. You re Struggling to Get Organized 107

27. Your Content Knowledge Is Solid, But Your Management Skills Are Lacking 111

28. Students Enter Your Class and Immediately Begin Talking 115

29. You Have a Chronic Talker in Your Class 119

30. Your Students Misbehaved with the Substitute Teacher 123

31. A Particular Student Is Pushing Your Buttons 127

32. Students Have a Problem with Telling on Others 131

33. A Student Brings an Issue from Outside into the Classroom 133

34. Classroom Discussions Go Off in a Different Direction 137

35. Your Classroom Needs a Makeover, But You re Just Not a Decorator 141

PART FOUR: INSTRUCTIONAL CHALLENGES 145

36. You Tend to Teach the Way You Were Taught 147

37. You re Overwhelmed by New Technology 151

38. Many Students Performed Poorly on a Test 155

39. You re Confused about Assigning Homework 159

40. You re Unsure How to Write a Good Test 163

41. You Teach Many Students at Many Different Levels 167

42. Your Students Don t Stay on Task for Long Periods of Time 171

43. Your Students Don t Participate in Class Discussions 175

44. You re Unsure about Rewarding Your Students 179

45. When Being Observed, You Call on Students Who Know the Answers 183

46. A Student Asks a Question and You Do Not Know the Answer 185

47. After the Test, Your Students Forget What You Have Taught 187

48. You Like a Quiet Classroom 191

49. You Question Whether You Should Have to Write Lesson Plans 195

50. You Need Creative Ideas 199

PART FIVE: PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES 203

51. Another New Program Comes Along 205

52. The Person Awarded Teacher of the Year Does Not Deserve It 209

53. Your Professional Life Is Affecting Your Personal Life 213

54. Your Personal Life Is Affecting Your Teaching 217

55. You Don t Have Time for All the After–School Functions 221

56. Planning Period Has Become Griping Period 225

57. You re Asked to Take On All the Troubled Students 229

58. You re Afraid of Social Media 233

59. You Want to Be More Positive, But It s Difficult 237

60. You Can t Keep Up with Education s Buzzwords and Jargon 241

A Final Word 245

Index 247

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ANNETTE BREAUX is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker. Her previous books include 101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors and The Ten–Minute Inservice. She has coauthored books with both Harry Wong and Todd Whitaker.

TODD WHITAKER, PHD, is professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University. A leading presenter in the field of education, he has devoted his career to researching effective teachers and principals. He is the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently and The Ten–Minute Inservice.

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