Archive for February, 2014

Advice for the Little Darling Requiring Just a Little More Attention.

February 4, 2014

                                                                               Student and teacher picture for Feb 3rd 13 Blog

Wild everyone…can you believe it’s already February!  Some of us educators nationally wept the benefits of “snow days” just shortly after the 2013 Christmas Break. Sorry…absolutely no complaints this way people.Teaching in the middle school setting for some time, my reasoning behind it was due to the independence levels of most youngsters ranging from the ages of 11-13.  Well as it turns out, there are some who still require a little more attention.   No matter how many times you review the assignment, one or several will somehow find a way to keep you from doing your other educational duties during the time fragment of independent work time.  In other words, they will come up with anything just to converse with the teacher.  Coming up with creative ways to address their concerns, the list below is recommended for those students needing just a little extra attention.

Clarify and repeat.   I know a lot of you teachers are probably saying, “Wild that’s a no brainer!” Select the student’s that thrive off of attention to repeat the directions.   This should be done because it places the responsibility back in the hands of the “Talkie’s” In addition, they must also understand that during this specific time frame they are not to bother you or anyone else.

Provide a card.   Teachers place a number on a card and hand it to your “Talkie’s.”  For example, if I place a four on the card and hand it to John, the agreement is that John will only have four times to ask educational related questions.  John will keep this in mind knowing that he will only be allowed four times that day to address his most vital concerns.

Provide one on one time for your youngsters.  Educators, we have that God-given discernment that allows us to decipher when a kid just wants to talk versus a kid really needing you to lend an ear. In this case provide a time allotment for one on one talk’s.  This should not require a whole lot of time.   Provide a five-minute allotment during lunch time or after school.  I promise you in the long run your students will appreciate it.