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Posted on October 18, 2015 1:06 am
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Helping a Teacher
Our school gained a new teacher about a month and a half into the school year. It is clearly visible that she struggles with classroom management. What can I do to help her without making her feel bad that I have noticed?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 18, 2015 12:39 pm

Sarah Drake
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We've all been that new teacher and then in turn been you! I would start with open-ended questions. How's it going? Is there anything I can help you with? Then maybe share a memory or anecdote about when you began teaching.
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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 1:00 pm

ySudyG
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Does she have a mentor teacher that could step in and help her? At my school all first-year teachers get a mentor- someone who has been teaching for at least five years- that can help them through these initial problems. If you have a program like this, I would definitely bring this issue to the mentor teacher so he or she can take it from there. If there is no mentor teacher, I would start by mentioning your own issues your first year teaching, how difficult it was, where you struggled, etc. This should put her more at ease and willing to talk about where she feels she is struggling as well. I had a hard time my first year with classroom management and I know if someone had tried to relate to me, I would have opened up like a book and asked for help!
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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2015 3:07 pm

Sophy Shabana
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You could plan a combined activity with her class such as buddy reading or readers' theatre. You could then review your expectations for your class before you begin the activity. Furthermore, you could also explain to the new teacher that your students tend to get unruly during an activity and would require a review of class rules and expectations. The teacher might realize the importance of structure and class rules and might emulate the same.
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Solution 4
Posted November 2, 2015 2:27 am

yvesat
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I am sure that if you approach her in a positive way she will be more than willing to accept your help. She probably doesn't want to get in anyone's way or be a burden so if you offer she will feel better about asking for help.
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rybuZy
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Right! Let her know you are there for her.
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Solution 5
Posted October 4, 2016 10:12 pm

RyVeta
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talk!
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Solution 6
Posted October 8, 2016 4:30 am

yHaReH
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Asking openly how she is doing is a great way to start the conversation. Ask if there is any way that you could be of assistance to her. Provide her with some small but helpful pieces of advice to encourage her and push her in the right direction :)
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Solution 7
Posted October 18, 2015 10:34 pm

PaDemu
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Recently, I am the contact teacher for a new teacher in my school. One way I assist him is by helping him teach using Google Hangouts. It is like Skype, but we share a powerpoint and team teach. This highly engages the students and allows the new teacher to teach without many management issues.
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Solution 8
Posted February 26, 2016 6:03 am

eQyVuj
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First ask her how she is doing in the class. Them begin providing any advice.
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Solution 9
Posted October 5, 2016 6:48 pm

PuWupe
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I will say to ask if she needs any help, there is a 50/50 chance that she will say 'yes.' I do not see why she will take it in a bad note, you have been long enough in that school to know all the rules, the students, and its culture. I think your help will be a blessing to that teacher other than she getting offended.
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Solution 10
Posted October 9, 2016 3:58 pm

yZaHuM
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sometimes it is best to be direct, just be sure to approach her without criticizing her. You may give her suggestions and ideas for managing her classroom from your own experience. In the end i'm sure she would be more than grateful.
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Solution 11
Posted October 12, 2016 5:08 pm

yZytaz
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instead of criticizing her methods maybe tell her how you first started as a teacher and what worked and what didn't. Having experience will help you connect and make the new teacher feel more welcomed rather than attacked.
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Solution 12
Posted July 10, 2017 3:57 am

qyGaQa
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Just give advice
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Solution 13
Posted October 6, 2017 3:27 pm

BuXaja
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You can help by offering her new ideas or ways to deal with the students. It is always hard starting with a group of kids that you don't really know. You should remind her to keep trying and using new strategies to manage the students.
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Solution 14
Posted March 1, 2016 1:41 pm

Beqena
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I would offer tomato with her and ask if there are any questions she has or if I can help with anything. I would also direct her to various resources that could help her.
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Solution 15
Posted October 18, 2015 3:34 pm

eQynuv
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Be frank, ask her if she needs help. She may be in over her head and too proud to ask for help.
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