Friday, March 23, 2012

Who's with me here?

I have to wonder who else out there has ever said to their kids (in frustration, of course), "Hey, I'm not teaching this for my benefit.  I already passed ____ grade!  I don't need to learn this! You do!" Only to find that this tactic really isn't the best??  Hopefully I'm not the only one who sometimes forgets all those fabulous things I learned in the (perfect) student teaching world...Anyway, I was feeling like this Thursday, and I was having trouble getting my students' attention.  However, rather than revert to strategies that have proven ineffective, especially with these "emotionally disabled" children, I decided to go all anti-Margaret.  I became that perky, high-pitched, super smiley teacher.  I told the students that I had already learned this material, and I knew it well, and I was going to prove it by teaching it.  I then stated, "I'm a fabulous teacher, and I'm going to teach, and I'm going to teach it well.  It's up to you to learn it."  They looked at me as if I had lost my mind, BUT after I answered my own questions with enthusiasm about 4 times, they gave in and started participating.  It was quite satisfying.
©2006/2007 National Association of Special Education Teachers

So, tell me....have you ever felt this way?  How did you deal with it??  What do you think of my response??



  1. Way cool! I have actually done that myself, but without answering my own questions. It got some of them participating maybe had I gone that extra step I would have had them all participating. Brian

  2. When my students start "fading away" I start teaching them (my 3rd graders) in my "kindergarten" teacher voice. Peppy with a lot of "good jobs, you're so smart, etc." They love it! Sometimes I have to go over the lesson again step by step, but usually the voice is enough to get them participating and showing me what they know.