How to Handle Minor Behavior Problems as a Rookie Teacher

By W. Michael Kelley

Part of Rookie Teaching For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Any teacher’s toughest problem is maintaining discipline in the classroom. As a rookie teacher, you can benefit by using the tips in the following list to help solve minor problems without involving the main office.

  • Walk toward the offending student’s desk and stand beside it, but don’t interrupt what you’re saying or doing.

  • Shoot the icy stare of death.

  • Use humor to defuse explosive situations.

  • Rearrange your seating chart.

  • Threaten the loss of privileges or additional homework.

  • Give a pop quiz.

  • Give detentions generously.

  • Call a parent or coach.

  • Send the student to another teacher’s room.