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Posted on February 26, 2018 12:14 am
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Sleeping students
During my internship class my cooperating teacher lets students sleep during class. The students walk into class and put their heads down and sleep the whole time. She dosent try to wake them up. What can you do as an intern to make the students stay awake during class?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 26, 2018 2:46 am

ydeZuj
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I would talk to the teacher and see if there was a reason that she let the students sleep. If it was for a negative reason I would try to alert someone to the situation and also try to get the children more engaged in the lesson
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Solution 2
Posted October 3, 2018 1:28 am

Brittany Doxsey
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I think talking to the teacher is and asking her why the students are sleeping in class is a good idea as suggested. To put different perspective on it though, I would say asking the teacher in way that shows concern for the student. Sometimes when a student is sleeping in class it is not out of disrespect or lack of interest in the classroom activities. It could be a sign that something troubling is happening in the students home life or social life. There could be something that is troubling the student. It might be helpful to bring that to the teachers attention or if the teacher already knows, maybe she could fill you in so you can gain a better understanding of why this is happening. Maybe you could reach out to the student and actively include them so they feel less compelled to sleep and want to participate more.
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Solution 3
Posted February 26, 2018 1:56 am

LuSaNa
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I'm not sure why the teacher allows it. Maybe try talking to the teacher and explain that you are looking out for his best interest and that he is missing instructional time by sleeping.
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Solution 4
Posted February 26, 2018 2:33 am

Kelsey Lutzi
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There might be specific reasons these students are allowed to sleep. It might also be dependent on the time of day or lesson. I would have a conversation with your cooperating teacher.
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Solution 5
Posted February 26, 2018 3:21 am

TaTaBy
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I think you should talk to your CT about why she allows them to sleep. After that, I would try to work with her to create more entertaining lesson plans. Your CT might not be able to keep her students attention for long periods of time. Giving her suggestions on how to spice up the lesson might help her keep these students awake.
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Solution 6
Posted February 26, 2018 4:14 am

qyGaQa
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As an intern, I would ask if the teacher is there another assignment or activity you could do instead of having the students sleep. That way, when the students walk in, they have an alternative to just sleeping effective class time away when they could be learning.
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Solution 7
Posted October 1, 2018 10:30 pm

yGapeW
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I have students who do this also, and my CT does nothing about it. I asked and she said that she can't force them to participate. I truly think it's because the class is boring. My advice would be to make your lessons more ending. I know that you have no control over your CT's lessons, but if you can create lessons that and fun or exciting, students will want to participate.
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Solution 8
Posted October 6, 2018 2:38 am

qedeDe
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Try interactive engaging activities. Sometimes students just need a quick jolt to wake them. Like having every student stand up and pass around a ball saying what they learned that class or what they did this weekend. Speak with your CT about ways to get them to stop sleeping. My teachers used to have us stand for a little or drink some water to keep us awake.
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Solution 9
Posted February 26, 2018 12:22 am

zeveLu
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If the teacher allows this, I'm not sure there is much you can do. You can ask her why she allows them to sleep or you can take charge and tap each student and remind them to stay awake during class.
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Solution 10
Posted February 26, 2018 4:49 am

veXyge
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I have this issue as well with my students. So when I notice my students all fading I make them stand up and we get active.
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Solution 11
Posted July 8, 2018 6:14 pm

Jeanette Jenkins
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I would ask why the teacher allows the students to sleep, if there's a good reason.
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Solution 12
Posted September 8, 2018 1:40 pm

eLasuQ
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I'll make something new in the classes, give them some joke, and I'll tell them (students) there is a test like some question just to review the material in the last my class time
I think they will stay awake
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Solution 13
Posted October 4, 2018 8:22 pm

ypaseR
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As everyone agrees, there is not enough information to determine why she is letting her student's sleep. However, talking to her about what you are allowed to do to make them stay away would be advisable before making decisions on how you are going to handle it. If it is because she just gave up on them, then it is one thing. I have heard stories of students being allowed to sleep for a certain amount of time because they don't get enough sleep at home for valid reasons. I think knowing is half the battle here.
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Solution 14
Posted October 5, 2018 1:36 am

gypyWe
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After talking to your CT and figuring out why she allows the child to sleep, you should take it upon yourself to try to get this child engaged. If you go over and sit beside them when they get to class and begin to talk to them, you may be able to break the cycle of them coming into class and going to sleep. If you were able to successfully get them engaged in the lesson by simply sitting beside them, they will benefit greatly.
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Solution 15
Posted October 7, 2018 5:24 pm

yGudaj
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Providing interesting and collaborative lessons will make students become more involved. My CT also plays music when classmates are in groups which can keep the atmosphere busier, rather than quiet.
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Solution 16
Posted October 7, 2018 7:45 pm

eqeLeQ
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Is the teacher teaching a lesson while the students are sleeping? If so that is not right for the students to be allowed to sleep while the class is in session. Students are missing information about the lesson being taught. Ask your CT is there is a reason why the students are sleeping in class before you do anything.
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Solution 17
Posted October 8, 2018 12:07 am

eVeQat
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I have been there, and let me tell you that there is not much you can do as a teacher. The teacher probably did try keep them awake, but gave up at one point or another. I would try to make the class more engaging and loud to see if they will participate.
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Solution 18
Posted October 13, 2018 3:30 am

Xezuda
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If I were in this situation, I would first ask the teacher about if to see if there is a reason the student is sleeping, then if nothing get accomplished from that I would go to the principle and express your concerns and go from there.
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Solution 19
Posted March 3, 2018 3:15 pm

Chelsea Navarro
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I would maybe start by having a conversation with your CT about why these students are sleeping in her class. Sometimes the battle is too much to deal with (that sounds horrible), and the teacher has already fought the battle too many times. There may have been an array of conversations had with the student, parents, and administration in the past prior to your arrival in her classroom. I think finding the root and reason for her ignorance toward the behavior would be a first step.
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