The Contented Classroom by Arlene Prewitt

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Give them time to share a little of their lives with you. Ask them about their weekend or vacation. 5. Try to avoid humiliating a student in private or in public. Humiliation may work to get regimented discipline because that child will have fear, but it will not work for a happy learning environment. Any person works better under praise rather than criticism. 6. Use language which will not be interpreted as judgmental. Allow students to share things that you find distasteful or against your own ethics.

6. Ask your coworkers what they are doing in the classroom. Someone will be excited about a new project or presentation. Visit that classroom during your planning period and observe. Borrow some excitement to accent your presentations. 7. Refrain from carrying school problems into your personal life. None of your family members and none of your friends can do a thing to help you except be the object of your venting. © Instructional Fair • TS Denison 29 IF19319 The Contented Classroom Ch ap te r 4 Building Classroom Relationships A teacher’s room is a second home.

There are several lessons to teach and be learned here about messing in other people’s gardens or acting impulsively, but I will overrule the temptation and stick to the subject. I humbly went out into the yard and cleaned the flower garden. The lesson I want to share relates to the “bloom where you are planted” advice. The little innocent vegetable seeds had no idea that they were misplaced by being planted in the wrong garden. When they grew in their normal fashion, they did not look around and say, “I don’t look like the others in this garden.

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