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I'm a substititute...ideas on dealing with overall classroom management. I work with first through 8th grade students and each group provides their own unique setting. How do I maintain a positive attitude in the face of disruptive students?

Mar 15, 2014 10:34am

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    • Mar 17, 2014 2:02pm


      My 7th grade team had a great system where students received "citations" if they did not follow classroom rules. This citation required them to reflect on what they did, why they did it, and how they could prevent it from happening again. They would complete the form and sign it and then I would sign it. We didn't contact parents until the students received 5, to allow them time to monitor their own behavior and make changes. We rarely, in 10 years, had to bring parents in. It may be something valuable to leave for the teacher as students would have to explain what occurred in their own words, so it would make them accountable to the teacher. Just a thought.


      • Apr 26, 2014 11:27am

        Since posting this question, I have found that my attitude toward a class has changed. I approach the class with a "we" can do this attitude. I tell the students that I share how my day went with my husband and daughter. I also use various techniques from the Teaching Channel videos. I'm having fun as a guest teacher.

        • Mar 17, 2014 8:54pm

          Thank you Katie. Would it be possible to post a copy of this "citation". There is a teacher at my school, who has the students fill out a how we will help the "guest" teacher. Again thank you. Maria Vallejo

          • Apr 26, 2014 10:23am

            As a substitute teacher I focus on positive behaviors by telling the kids I am keeping "score". Those kids on task and following directions will receive points. I keep the tally private, so they don't know where they are throughout the day, although I give them hints. Sometimes a hint that a disruptive student can still be the 'winner' is enough to get them back on track. The prize is a positive referral to the teacher or office, or even a note home. The parents don't typically know me, but just knowing a teacher had a great thing to say about their student goes a long way.

            • Apr 27, 2014 9:24pm

              I am sometimes to as a 'guest' teacher but most of the time I'm recognized as a substitute and by my name with appreciation.

              I agree with Suzanne that getting a chance to see what the lesson plan calls for and what is in the classroom is a good idea.

              In most situations I've found the teacher has an established behavior program set up and I familiarize myself with it. In most situations, there are also awards and incentives that are my preferred way to manage behavior.

              I have several lesson plans ready in case they are needed.

              It never hurts to be prepared.

              • Apr 27, 2014 9:28pm

                PS Is there no way to correct a word omission in my post? Ugh.

                • May 12, 2014 1:16am

                  I love all ideas posted here. Can't wait to try the jolly ranchers & citations. Making some changes