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Motivating students when things get difficult

Motivating students when things get difficult

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I am struggling with my 5th grade classes. The curriculum I have to cover with them is boring and/or difficult for them. I have tons of activities to try to give them some variety, but it seems like I always end up spending more time getting them to behave than anything else. I doesn't help that I have a coworker who sits in my room with me, it is their classroom, and they constantly complain about how they never have enough time to teach everything but will not give me any flexibility to move some of their content into my classroom to help motivate and challenge students. I feel like I can't even take a day or time to get to know my students one on one, because it is viewed as a waste of time. I only see my students one day a week so it is hard to build a relationship in the first place, so I am thinking if I spent more time on that it might alleviate behavior issues and negativity. Does any one else have suggestions? I like my students, but to manage them it gets awful by the end of the year.

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Forever Learning
Second grade teacher from New Jersey

You have a difficult situation. It would be nice if you had a mentor in the school that you could ask for ideas. In the mean time, I found a vibrant video site that has teachers engaging students with their classroom management style. I was thinking of taking two of the procedures and try to consistently teach them for the rest of the year. I would also like to bounce ideas off of others as I learn more about implementing them. Here is the site: wholebrainteaching.com/videos.html

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Mike Procyk
Band teacher from Bowling Green, Ohio

[quote]I am struggling with my 5th grade classes. The curriculum I have to cover with them is boring and/or difficult for them. I have tons of activities to try to give them some variety, but it seems like I always end up spending more time getting them to behave than anything else. I doesn't help that I have a coworker who sits in my room with me, it is their classroom, and they constantly complain about how they never have enough time to teach everything but will not give me any flexibility to move some of their content into my classroom to help motivate and challenge students. I feel like I can't even take a day or time to get to know my students one on one, because it is viewed as a waste of time. I only see my students one day a week so it is hard to build a relationship in the first place, so I am thinking if I spent more time on that it might alleviate behavior issues and negativity. Does any one else have suggestions? I like my students, but to manage them it gets awful by the end of the year.[/quote]

What makes the content boring? If that's your attitude towards it, I can only imagine what the students think. I would start there. You have to be excited to cover your own content or the students will likely never be.

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