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Kyra thinks about quitting

Kyra can hardly believe that she’s seriously thinking about quitting her job as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. She’s wanted to teach ever since she was a little girl, but lately she just dreads going into her classroom. It takes her ten minutes to get the class settled down; and, as soon as she stops to find materials or to pass something out, her students lose control again. During silent reading, half the class talks and the other half sits staring at the ceiling. During writing, Kyra spends all her time running around prompting kids to get started. She’s beginning to think there must be an easier way to earn a living.

Questions that beginning and mentor teacher could discuss
Tools for daily planning
  • Short of going to work as a short-order chef, what might Kyra do to improve her situation?
  • How are issues of instruction and issues of management related in Kyra’s classroom (or in your own)?
  • Talk about these statements: “You can’t teach until you control the kids” and “You can’t control the kids until you teach.”
  • How might daily plans help Kyra’s lessons go more smoothly?

Design a template for lesson planning

Examining daily plans

Evaluating styles of learning activities

Choosing challenging learning activities

Observing the mental challlenge of learning activities