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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

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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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