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Posted on October 14, 2019 2:39 am
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Carla Crumb
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Disruptions to the Classroom
How do you deal with interruptions from the office, parents, administration, custodians and others while you are trying to teach a lesson?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 14, 2019 4:10 pm

uqaTaq
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The answer depends on who is interrupting. If it is a one-time occurence from one of these individuals, I would not say anything. If it is administration interrupting, you likely can't say anything either. If it is a parent or custodian repeatedly interrupting on a regular basis, you may need to have a polite conversation explaining that it is a distraction, and give them an alternative time to come visit.
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Alec Muir
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Depending on how you are being interrupted, you could go about this a few different ways.

If it's someone you can complain about interrupting your class without getting fired (other students, parents, teachers, etc.), you could have a civil discussion with them and ask them to stop. Depending on their reaction, you could take this a step further (a teacher would not be likely to continue this but you could contact someone higher if a parent or student continues being a disruption).

If it's someone you CAN'T complain about, such as administration, figure out a way to focus out the disruption. See if there's a way they could sit somewhere out of the view of students, for example, or see if you can temporarily rearrange the room so students are no longer facing the administrator. While I would not recommend this unless you have to, if there is no way you can progress without the administrator's disruption, you could pull them to the side and politely ask them to make less noise and work on a solution that works for the both of you.
  Posted on: October 19, 2019 4:45 am

yperyH
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I agree with this solution and even the review above. I as a student can be distracted by outside things, but it is important to remain focused and eyes on the teacher.
  Posted on: July 1, 2020 9:47 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 17, 2020 6:16 pm

Desiree Boyd
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Send out an email to the interruptions for a small meeting about walking in the classroom, but usually the walks in shouldn't be a problem unless you do not have a good classroom management in place when visitors enter.
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Solution 3
Posted February 20, 2020 7:34 pm

TOliver
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It depends on the type of interruptions those coming from office staff could be important such as a change in dismissal which a student needs to hear also best handled with treats and a smile, inform them personally that you think it would be best for your students if interruptions not concerning dismissal be sent by email any other way is a learning distraction. When it comes to the custodian as the classroom teacher you can tell the custodian when and when not to come into your classroom because some like to start cleaning earlier so they can leave earlier. For parents you could send out a mass email explaining when it is best to communicate with them is, and express that any other time is a distribution that will effect their student's learning which will effect their grade which will effect their graduation status. If all else fails create an interruption brain break. Where students can pull out a favorite book, coloring sheet or assign a student as interruption leader and have them direct a student game so they will be occupied until the interruption is over.
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yperyH
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I agree with this post
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Solution 4
Posted February 24, 2020 4:01 am

agejeM
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Use communication as needed, and ask that they limit interruptions to when class is on a break, unless it is an emergency. Suggest a system of communications, such as emailing in advance if they need to stop by, or create non-verbal communication signals to let them know when it is okay to come in so as to limit distractions.
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Solution 5
Posted February 24, 2020 10:14 pm

XuBety
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handle it quickly and then continue on or give the students a page in their workbook to work on if its a bit time consuming
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