How to Handle a Class That Has Gotten Out of Control

I recently wrote a response for Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q&A blog at Edweek on the question “How do you turn around a class that you’ve let get out of control?” In my response, I highligted four questions I often ask myself in these situations: What else are students going through? Which students act out the most? Is the level of work appropriate? Is the work predictable? I also advised not taking student misbehavior too personally. I’ve had students curse at me one day and give me a friendly greeting the next day as if nothing had happened!

My full response is at . A podcast on the same topic featuring me and other teachers is at .

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