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I'm a MAT student, and our assignment is to ask other teachers to explain what they would and wouldn’t do if faced with certain classroom management situations. In your reply, please describe and explain at least one ineffective action/response and why (what NOT to do) AND at least one effective action/response and why (what TO do and why), in your opinion. Please be very specific about what you would and wouldn’t do and say when faced with the situation and why. Here's the situation: A student consistently falls asleep during class—during group work, during whole class instruction, whenever. This has happened at least three times per week. You have tried moving the student, but even on the front row he still falls asleep. The student does not have any documented medical issues that would explain this. Thanks so much for your help!

Jun 12, 2016 7:32pm

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    • Jun 14, 2016 7:29am

      I WOULD NOT target the student in front of the whole class, point out to other students that he/she is asleep, make light of it or joke about it in front of the class.

      I WOULD pull the student aside and ask if there is anything going on at home and how they are sleeping at home. I would contact his/her parents and the school counselor for any input on the home situation.

      • Jun 15, 2016 7:15pm

        the exact opposite over here, but do pull him/her aside and ask them about there sleeping schedule and contact counselor.

        • Jun 19, 2016 12:22am

          Firstly, it happens. Kids get tired, stay up late, have family issues etc etc. Remember that they are just kids, and it's not always their fault that they are having sleepless nights or getting up really early.
          I WOULD NOT.... wake him/her. A tired student is hopeless. A quick nap and they are ready to go again, and more focused for it. I've put kids in our sick bay with a blanket BEFORE they have fallen asleep. Thirty minutes later they are right back to where you want them.

          I WOULD make a joke about it (ha ha ha) but then I teach older kids. Seriously, if it was consistently happening I of course would contact home to see what was keeping him/her up. And I always let the child know I'm going to ring, not as a threat, just to let them know I'm concerned.

          • Jun 21, 2016 1:16pm

            I've had a student just like this student. I found out he was keeping his younger siblings while his mother worked at night. I agree he would be pulled to the side, the counselor would be contacted, as well as the parent liaison so that we can determine what changes can be made to allot for the missing sleep. Your job is to protect your students and sleep is an important part of their growth development.