“Teaching is the profession that makes all the others possible”
How to control a classroom when kids are talking, laughing, throwing papers and clips at each other, and generally causing a chaotic environment? That is the main fear of novel teachers, fresh out of college, who desperately seek help in classroom management. A good resource is offered by NEA through the American Psychological Association at:
Classroom (Photo credit: James F Clay)
Being an inclusion teacher, as mentioned in previous articles, requires a good rapport with the classroom teacher. Both must work as a team in high school (not to be confused with the academic teams at elementary and middle school levels) and both must have a very specific role to play. If either one lacks the necessary training and information, the class situation may turn chaotic very quickly. Students detect immediately the lack of preparation and/or cooperation and take advantage of it by behaving erratically, checking their smart phones, listening to their iPods, or talking loudly while the main teacher tries to start the instruction process.