I recently made these ‘warning cards’ to use during my teaching placement in July. I’ll probably use them when I have my own classes too.
Warning # 1 = No consequence.
Warning # 2 = Small consequence.. E.g. Pick up five papers from the floor, etc.
Warning # 3 = Larger Consequence.. E.g. Stay behind after class/time-out, etc.
I know it can be difficult for students to take pre-service teachers seriously, so I’m going to make a few things very clear to them before I begin teaching:
1. Although I’m not their real teacher, they must know that they are still getting graded on the work I give them. Essentially, I will tell them that it’s up to them to be mature enough to listen or not, but if they choose not to, it will be their loss at the end of the day.
2. There will be no tolerance on bullying or exclusion of any members in the class while I’m teaching.
I’m also trying to develop some methods on keeping everyone’s attention. See, I’m quite softly spoken, so I thought either developing a “look” or something. I don’t think that it’s necessary to yell either.. Some of the best teachers I’ve had only needed to stop talking mid-sentence in order to get everyone’s attention again.