How to Remain Calm in the Classroom

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I teach high school English. I read your column, follow your blog, and I do a good job of using the skills and strategies that you outline — when I can remember to not get angry and say things that I shouldn’t say to my students. This may be a silly question, but how can I remain calm so that I can use the things that you suggest? — Steve, Columbus, Ohio


How to Use Consequences for Serious Classroom Negative Behaviors

Dear Kid Whisperer,

I am a first-year 2nd grade teacher and I have a class that is totally out of control. Fighting, throwing desks, climbing on furniture, etc. I have just started reading your blog, so I know that I need to have consequences, but my room is so crazy, it’s hard to know how or where to start. It is so bad that my principal has begun the process of building evidence with which to fire me. Please help. –Mary Jo, Columbus, Ohio

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How to Deal with Your Kid’s First Day of School Meltdown

Dear Kid Whisperer,
My youngest child will be entering kindergarten in August. He has two older sisters. Both times that I dropped his sisters off for kindergarten, they threw huge tantrums. It was really embarrassing and I want to avoid this situation with my youngest. He, too had a screaming, crying fit last year when I dropped him off for the first day of pre-kindergarten. I know it’s coming. How do I avoid it?
Selena, Los Angeles, CA

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How to Deal with a Parent Who is Determined to Destroy Her Child’s Life… and Yours

Dear Kid Whisperer,

 

I teach 6th grade in Toledo.  We have a tough group, but my colleague and I manage them well. My question, though, is about parents.  We have a student who is disrespectful, mean, etc. etc.  I had a meeting with the parent who stated that her child has freedom of speech and he’s allowed to disrespect adults if he feels the need to.  What does one do when the parent reinforces the child’s behavior? – Michelle, Toledo, Ohio

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