Classroom Management Questions and Answers

Teaching resources questions and answers from Betsy Weigle

Classroom management is often the number one concern of new teachers. Every issue is a little different, but there are common elements to all of them. Check below to see if one of your questions has already been answered!

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Lessons Learned from Room Management Q&A

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"Learn something every day." I'm sure some wise person should get credit for saying this, but it's really just common sense if you want to keep improving in your teaching...especially in the area of classroom management.When it comes to managing our elementary school classrooms, … [Read more...]

Misbehaving 6th Graders

Homework is for reinforcement, not frustration

Misbehaving 6th graders won't learn and won't listen. Here's how to re-engage them in school and homework using student motivation.Your QuestionI am teaching stage 6 in a British school in Egypt for Checkpoint Assessment. I am teaching my students for second year as I was their … [Read more...]

Poor Student Behavior and New Teacher Fear

They're cute until they stampede

Poor classroom management in a title building makes a teacher afraid to take over a classroom of her own. How to overcome the fear to provide these children what they need.Your QuestionI have just begun work at a local charter school as a Title One teacher, assisting in first … [Read more...]

Elementary Science Activities

Well that idea didn't work...

Managing Attitudes during Elementary Science Lesson Plans and ProjectsElementary science activities have the capacity to drive tremendous enthusiasm for learning...if you manage frustration before it reaches the "I quit" stage.Your QuestionShould I create an "impossible task" … [Read more...]

Shy Children and Class Projects

They'll be happy to help...if you show them how

Helping a shy student be successful in a groupShy children can feel overwhelmed by group projects in elementary school. Teachers can make the difference between classroom success and isolation.Your QuestionHow do I include a shy student in a group project without overwhelming … [Read more...]

Making Friends in School

Everyone wants to belong

A Lonely Student Can't be a Successful LearnerMaking friends in school can be a huge challenge for some students. Elementary teachers must help with socialization for the overall success of the child. When you see a girl or boy student who is isolated, it's time to bring them into the … [Read more...]

ADHD in the Classroom

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Making the "Teacher Diagnosis" of ADHD in SchoolDiagnosing ADHD in the classroom can be very tricky...and is NOT something a teacher should attempt to do on her own. Follow these steps.Your QuestionWhat should I do if I think a child has ADHD? Should I tell his parents? Should I … [Read more...]

Girls Bullying

No child should feel unsafe or isolated at school

Teaching How to "Tell" without TattlingElementary girls bullying can have a very corrosive effect on your classroom team. Some girls hesitate to report it, which makes the problem even worse.Your QuestionSome of my girl students are not sharing threats to avoid my "no-tattling" … [Read more...]

Stop Verbal Bullying

Your classroom

Maintaining Classroom Control During TransitionsElementary school verbal bullying is as damaging as anything physical. Bully-proofing your school transitions is critical for your classroom community.Your QuestionI have issues with bullying when my students are between … [Read more...]

Characteristics of Gifted Students

Teaching to learn

Teaching gifted and talented students who finish firstCharacteristics of gifted students make them difficult to keep engaged when they finish school assignments early. Extra projects for gifted students aren't always the answer...from their perspective, that feels like homework.Your … [Read more...]