General Class Disruption

Dear Charles, I teach elementary school, and I am having a hard time with students calling out and coming up to me without raising their hand. They tap me on the shoulder, interrupt instruction, and often tell me seemingly insignificant things such as tattling about...

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Dealing With Disrespect From Students

Dear Charles, I am having a horrible time teaching my students the meaning of respect. Can you help? -Disrespected- Dear Disrespected, I can truly empathize with your situation, especially at the start of the year. It often feels like the start of the year is spent...

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Behavior Management After Spring Break

Dear Charles, I am a first year teacher, and I have heard that after spring break the students in my school can tend to get out of control by misbehaving, fighting, and generally acting disrespectfully towards each other. I am concerned and looking for any advice you...

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Behavior Management – Large Out of Control Group

Charles, I have a class of 36 students, all freshmen, in a PE class that will not sit still for a few minutes to listen to the instructions for playing a game or activity. I end up becoming angry and loud and I know that the louder I get, the louder they will get....

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Behavior – Rowdy Male Students

Dear Charles: I teach physical education in a low -income elementary school. I am frustrated with my male student’s who constantly roughhouse. I do not understand why they do it. Can you help shed some light on this or offer perspective? -Roughed Out Dear Roughed Out:...

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