How Do I Approach This?

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Registered: 04-21-2008
How Do I Approach This?
Thu, 10-30-2008 - 5:21pm

I have a fellow English teacher who is a second-year teacher. She's doing a great job, but she seems to be having a difficult time with one particular class. My students and I can hear her constantly arguing with them, brow-beating them and commanding them to behave. Yesterday, she practically screamed at them. I know some of them are challenging students because I have some of them, too (they are what we call "freshmen repeaters"...technically sophomores but classified as freshmen because they failed too many classes last year). Yesterday was so bad, I finally put on some music just loud enough so my students wouldn't have to listen to the commotion in the other room.

This teacher often calls on me for advice and sees me as an unofficial mentor, and I feel like I should say something to her but I don't want to come across as accusatory or overstepping my boundaries. I also do not want her to feel incompetent. She really does do a great job, but it often sounds as if these students have gotten the upper hand in her classroom and she's trying to get it back. Any suggestions?

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Thu, 10-30-2008 - 7:20pm

I'd give her suggestions on how she could improve her classroom management. If she is a reasonable person, she'll listen. Besides, she has asked for advice before.

I can sympathise with her. My class of 15 and 16 y o is my

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 10-30-2008 - 7:59pm

Look for an opening. If you see a sigh, a comment, or body language that gives you an opening to ask, " Bad day?"



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Registered: 03-11-2007
Fri, 10-31-2008 - 6:01pm

Has she spoken to parents?

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