Screaming at Kids, Comparing Students, and Creating a Self-Sustaining Classroom | Q&A Show

How do you handle the noise level in your classroom and get your students attention without screaming? What do you do about students who just refuse to study for tests? How do you create a self-sustaining classroom? We answer these and more in this first Q&A show!

EPISODE NOTES

In this Q&A show, we discuss (timestamps included):

  • 0:51 – What are the top three books that guide you in building a self-sustaining classroom culture?
  • 8:37 – As a first year robotics teacher, do you compare one class with another as a way to motivate students? In Brazil, if one class is falling behind another, it’s common to say ‘the other class is already on the next topic.’ Does this motivate students?
  • 13:35 – If you’re in a noisy classroom, how do you make sure you are heard without screaming?
  • 18:51 – How do you deal with students that refuse to study for tests?
  • 23:00 – Working at a private school, how much freedom do you have to experiment with different teaching practices compared to public school? And how can public school teachers begin to try new and innovative ways of teaching?

Let me know how you like this format. It was a lot of fun for me to answer and much less editing!

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