(Closed) I need teacher bee advice!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I teach Drama and the lack of structure can be a pain (imagine 30 kids…21 being boys!) Honestly, there are alot of things that I do – but the first is I set up routines that require self regulation (a check in, getting props, warm up activites) I think as you build relationships, and personal connections, there is trust that develops and they know the boundaries. This probably doesn’t help now but in time, it might. the research on self regulation and inquiry might point you in the right direction.

As for a quick thing now – I used to give handouts with the assignment that had the mark breakdown on it. On it, I had a check list of what they had to do, a time limit beside it and the mark.

For example

Brainstorm Scene (15 mins) 5 Marks

Another thing for volume, is a voice meter on the board. Low, Medium, High. Pointing to it when it gets too loud often gets them back in check.

There is alot of research on male learners and the need for visual engagement.

When all else fails, use humour!

Hope this helps!


Post # 4
899 posts
Busy bee

Maybe the projects aren’t challenging enough for them? or too challenging? Just shooting in the dark…

I wanted to be an art teacher and through years of art classes I think it’s close to impossible to get the kids who don’t care to care without giving them 100% of your attention.

My favorite art class was like the one you described and it was in junior high. We did pretty much whatever we wanted, there were no deadlines, if we missed an entire project because we were so involved with the last one she didnt mind, as long as you were working and not talking the whole time. In that class the kids who were disruptive often bull shitted their way through the project in a few hours and our teacher would just give them more projects, eventually they learned to do their work so they didn’t have more due.

So maybe the boys with short attention spands need multiple projects or other classroom responsibilities to do to keep them from getting bored?

Again, just a shot in the dark haha! good luck!

Post # 5
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Have you tried talking to them separately? Sometimes it helps if you make a personal appeal to them, phrased in the language of “I really need your help to make this class run smoothly.” Most kids aren’t bad at heart, and if you flatter them a bit and give them a sense of responsibility they might respond.


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