They didn't tell us this in college!
Expect the unexpected! Try to be flexible and adaptable in responding to those unexpected behaviors they never told you about in your teaching methods classes. Ask your mentor and colleagues for suggestions on how to deal with the following situations.
What will you do if . . .
A student cries?
It rains at recess?
A child tells you his pet died?
A child wets his/her pants?
A parent is angry and unreasonable?
A student refuses to do what you ask him/her to do?
A student falls asleep in your class?
You are called to the office in the middle of a class?
Non-English-speaking students are assigned to your class?
A student has an allergic reaction to a bee sting or medication?
A fight breaks out in the hallway and you are the nearest faculty member?
You suspect a student is using drugs or alcohol?
A student tells you she is pregnant?
A student is verbally abusive?
You can't get the materials you need for your lesson?
A student has a seizure?
A student threatens you and the class with physical violence?
A student cuts her head falling out of her desk?
Your class gave the substitute a rough time?
You have a student and his aide in your class?
Did you care today?
If you haven't realized it already, you've chosen a profession that makes a difference in lives. That's important to remember when you've had a particularly lousy day. If you cared for your students that day, it was a successful day!
To establish the rapport you need with students and to help manage your classroom, keep these ideas in mind:
Get to know your students' names as soon as possible.
Go over the daily schedule with students.
Post a copy of the class rules for everyone to see.
Find out if there is a "dress code" for teachers in your school district and/or building. Dress appropriately.
Remember-you can't out scream 30 or more students. The louder you get, the louder your classroom becomes. Learn to moderate your voice.
Be yourself. Don't take on mannerisms that compromise who you really are.
Keep humor in your teaching. You chose a profession that cries for joy and laughter just to keep your sanity.
Don't prejudge any student, no matter what you hear about him/her in the staff lounge.
Be sensitive to gender differences; avoid sexism.
Respect your students' religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Reward and praise-- sincerely and frequently.
Create a safe environment where your students know you will try to protect them from physical or verbal harm.
Be a good role model. Be confident and positive.