Special education teachers are not exempt from the difficulties of classroom management. In fact, especially in inner city Baltimore schools, special education students can give teachers as much a run for their money as any student.
Three big mistakes these teachers can make in managing the behaviors in class are:
- Raising their voice - yelling at students does not benefit classroom management.
- Ignoring student behavior - while at times this is a viable strategy, too often teachers implement this as a way to not deal with a behavior.
- Relying on parents - while some parents are very involved in their child's behavior and academic success, many parents would rather the teacher deal with the behaviors on their own. Relying on these parents for backup can often backfire and make behaviors worse.
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