I am student teaching right now and I am really struggling with my 4th hour English 10 class: not only is right after lunch but the majority of the class are males and they are all buddies so I get the impression that they think that this + student teacher = blow-off class. My CT has given me a lot of good feedback, but ultimately, it's my show at this point and instead of rising to the occassion and taking disciplinary actions, I shrink away from the thought of confrontation. My CT has said that individual relationships are really important with these boys to get them motivated to work with you. However, this is really hard when you are a (female) student teacher, coming in half way through the school year, and you also need to set a prescedent for class expecatations and disciplinary actions when they're not followed. I'm really struggling to find a "friendly but firm" way to discipline them (i.e. break up unproductive work group and take away cell phones). Please help! Thank you!!
- English Language Arts
- New Teachers