Fantastic news to everyone…I have a teacher face! Now some of you may be wondering, “What in the hell is a teacher face?” or you might be asking yourself if you have a teacher’s face as well…
A teacher’s face is a face of a teacher who demands respect and obedience in the classroom. Accompany the face is the teacher’s stance, which I am currently in the process of working on..
I figured out that I was gifted with a teacher’s face last Tuesday while having my lab/recitation for EDUC 340 @ Wellington Middle School. I was asked to walk around the class, and help students with math (a subject these particular students have trouble with; this is a math skills class).
I was mainly working with a table of unruly boys, who were more interested in talking about football than completing their math assignment. I decided it was time for them to get some work done, so I said, “I want you ALL to be done with the problem you are working on by the time I circle around the room and come back to this table. Okay?”
All of the boys agreed and I resumed making my rounds around the room. When I noticed ten or minutes later my rowdy boys chatting it up with one of my CSU peers again about football, I decided to casually stroll back to their table.
Now this part I SWEAR I am not exaggerating…as soon as I got to that table and the boys realized I was there, they instantly stopped speaking with my peer, grabbed their pencils, and started working on their assignment again.
All it took from me, was a look. Just my face. Now that makes me feel like I have some horribly mean, stern face, but whatever it may be..it got those students to get back to work. It took absolutely minimal effort to lay down the law. It was f***ing awesome!
This got me thinking about classroom management with high schoolers. High schoolers are going to need a different approach and if I want to teach at that level then I really must figure out that approach. Truth of the matter is that I am scared shitless of having to work with them. I am sure some of you might be able to relate.
Middle School is all about the emotional battles you have to go through with your pubescent students, but I think it’s going to be ME who has all the emotions to deal with. High schoolers can be mean and if the don’t like you, you’re going to be outcasted by them as the teacher they do not like and your class will be the class that is ditched.
I am just worried and trying to get some of that stress off of my shoulders. Anyone else relate to this whole not having classroom management thing?