Being positive with a difficult class

How do you do it?

It is so hard. Got lots of reward schemes and try to reward a group or individuals during each session but again find myself raising my vouce and telling children off all the time.

Definitely havent settled into the school very well and seem to find myself with 101 things to do. Have no motivation and bond for new class is slow to form.

My usual laid back appraoch to teaching will definitely not work. I hate to feel like I am barking at them as well.
Also been talking a bit to freely to parents! Need to learn to keep my mouth shut!!

Marking takes forever because I have no motivation.

However I do love teaching!! Hoping I can get a job as an intervention teacher in the future.


3 thoughts on “Being positive with a difficult class”

  1. I would strongly recommend you explore the book I wrote for just this situation. It is called “Understanding Learning Needs” My experience (35 years of teaching) and the research of many suggest that there are four needs learners have and require fulfilling in order to become engaged and co-operative learners. You don’t have to meet all the needs all of the time but you should plan to meet some of them often. If you don’t meet these needs they are so strong learners will work to meet them themselves and their strategies are not always conducive to good classroom management and learning.

    Here is a brief summary of the needs
    Belonging: Find ways to great and get to know your students, call them your students, your class. tell them you always look forward to teaching them.
    Freedom: Offer choices but always explain the consequences. There is responsibility associated with choice that can not be avoided. Plan the choices so they work in your favor. There is no such thing as a free choice as to what to do or behave.
    Power: This means giving the learner a voice, being ready to listen and show you understand by asking questions. No one likes to feel powerless, as if no one is actually listening to them, their concerns, needs or fears.
    Fun: Not “funny ha ha” and telling jokes! Share the fun of learning, of celebrating understanding. Share you passion for what you teach. Look on the bright side now and then, not everything is a challenge to your authority.

    The book I mentioned is aimed at teacher’s facing new challenges, starting a new school or their first job or those who just want to refresh their teaching strategies. It is not what I call “Shelf furniture” to occupy a space in the bookcase and make you feel good. It is written as a companion, something to make notes on, add ideas to and easy to assimilate. There is no technical jargon but straightforward examples and ideas.

    Here is a link to an article explaining more about the e-book. There is a link on the page to buy and download it should you wish.

    If I can be of any further help please get in touch. I also offer a coaching package for teachers.


  2. Been here before, so I can relate. The thing that worked for me was to try and connect with individual students. Anytime – in the morning, playground, lining up. Make a joke, compliment shoes, a little wink or a comment about the football. Takes a while, but slowly you build a connection with each kid and it helps with full class bonding. Hang in there.

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