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Posted on September 21, 2012 12:42 pm
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Matthew Sollers
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Misuse of teacher time
What do I do when students constantly come up to me for help?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 15, 2012 9:09 pm

JuPuqe
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I use "Ask 3 before me" strategy. Students ask their peers for help first and only come to you if they still need help after asking 3.
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Jenna Herberson
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I like that strategy, it gives them a concise rule to follow and if they really did ask three people before coming to you, then that may a flag to go over the directions again or go over that problem.
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Solution 2
Posted October 2, 2012 3:27 pm

guPeRu
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Some student may be confused while other may have developed learned helplessness. It is important to know your students personally so that you are able to distinguish the two. Reteaching may be possible for confused students. I would establish a "see three before me" rule for students to learn self reliance.
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Solution 3
Posted October 5, 2012 9:45 pm

David Corrigan
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I would not discourage the students from coming to me for help but I would make them do something before they came to me. I would want them to write down the problem and write how they attempted to solve it. This way if they were looking for an easy answer, this would stop them. But, if the student truly needed help, I could see where they went wrong.
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Solution 4
Posted October 2, 2012 3:06 pm

edaPab
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If students keep coming up for help, there is obviously something that they don't understand. Maybe try explaining that lesson or assignment again and then ask if anyone has any questions. Some students may have some of the same questions and now instead of answering the same question multiple times, you only have to answer it once.
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Solution 5
Posted October 2, 2012 3:06 pm

JemyWe
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Well there could be different reasons for why this is happening. Always remember to work on examples of the assignment together before letting the class work on their own. You might need to post the directions on the board so the students can see what they are supposed to be doing. Walking around the classroom is also a solution to this problem. The more you walk around, the less likely students will come up to your desk one after another for help and guidance.
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Solution 6
Posted October 11, 2012 2:50 pm

Vivian Winston
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It depends on the situation, but I have observed teacher having a "Three before me" rule established in their classroom. When students are working in groups or at centers they have to ask three other students first before coming to the teacher. This helps the students to learn from one another and not always depend on the teacher for the answers. Other times you may just need to inform students that they have to complete this work on their own.
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Solution 7
Posted October 5, 2012 12:33 pm

uremev
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Students should not be coming up to the teacher constantly. Make sure you are provide them with specific instructions to their assignment and maybe even model and example to give them better understanding.
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Solution 8
Posted October 2, 2012 7:06 pm

atuLyD
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If I have students who constantly come up to me to ask for help, this should serve as a sign that the students are not getting the concept and need a review. I would do a review of the information that they do not understand and then I would pair them in groups so the students can learn from each other and make the connections that they need to understand the concepts. I would want to do reinforcing activities that can help clear the fogginess of what the students do not understand.
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erugyn
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Great solution!
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Solution 9
Posted March 3, 2013 5:40 pm

GaTuWy
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I had a teacher in middle school that would make us try to work it out on our own and then if we still had difficulty we could "phone a friend" which simply meant quietly discuss it with a neighbor. Of course there were rules that we all were aware of that made this operate efficiently such as, we must be working on the current problem, it is not a group assignment where all of the problems are worked on together and we could not simply copy answers. We needed to know how to explain what we did to solve the problem if we were asked and our teacher would frequently ask us to explain it to her to make sure we were working it out. If we still had questions the next step was to go and discuss the problem with her.
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Solution 10
Posted October 4, 2012 4:42 pm

vusyHa
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I would have resourses available for students to research the answers from before they come to me. These would include internet, articles and fellow classmates.
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Solution 11
Posted February 17, 2015 1:48 pm

ysaWab
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Assign two students the job of 'question master.' If students need help, they can ask those students, instead of you.
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Solution 12
Posted February 25, 2018 11:06 pm

Andrea Howey
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Ask them to sit down and explain that you are doing something and will call on them when you can.
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Solution 13
Posted October 7, 2018 9:50 pm

JyGeLe
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I would provide set time during instruction where the class can come together to voice concerns and ask questions about a given lesson. This can prevent several students from approaching the teacher separately with similar questions and be a good opportunity to improve instruction.
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