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My instructor asked us to create a student behavior situation, to think through possible effective and ineffective teacher responses to the situations, and then to ask “real teachers” to explain what they would and wouldn’t do in this situation. In your reply, explain at least one ineffective action/response and why AND at least one effective action/response and why, in your opinion. Please feel free to be very specific about what you would and wouldn’t do and say when faced with the situation and why. Here is my scenario: A teacher in a middle school classroom is introducing the lesson using a PowerPoint presentation. A slide comes up with a question. This teacher poses this question to her students and many raise their hands to be called upon. When the teacher calls on a student another student who had his/her hand up huffs and loudly exclaims, “Hey, that’s not fair you called on him/her last time!” The called upon student pauses and waits not knowing whether to answer the question or not.

Oct 29, 2015 6:50pm

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 6-8
  • Behavior


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    • Oct 29, 2015 7:15pm

      Fairness is always an issue but it's in the middle school level when it seems to be more apparent. How do you manage the outburst while keeping the momentum of the instruction? Well in brief if there really is an issue of fairness it might be a fair idea to be diplomatic. This could mean acknowledging how the moderator or facilitator who lost track of participation and offer the spotlight to the one that called out while at the same time asking the student who was about to share to defer and then proceed. Showing an outburst like that may not be appropriate. The one that called out should be talked to in order to let this student know that the facilitator was interrupted and there's a procedure for that. This would only work if there really is a protocol for resolution of some conflict and if the teacher has established classroom guidelines or rules and expectations.