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How to Deal With Troublemakers

How to Deal With Troublemakers

Posted By on Sep 19, 2016

Troublemakers in the classroom are generally not ones that are tolerated by teachers. They can be cheered on by pupils around them but there’s always a few children who make that choice to push back against the rules. Every classroom has one, and every school needs one and there’s always that one kid who pushes back during lessons and want to be loud and sometimes aggressive just to try and impress. Some children only know how to gain attention by behaving badly as they crave any kind of attention they can get. This isn’t always the easiest thing to deal with as a teacher especially one in the newly qualified year, but there are some effective ways of dealing with troublemakers and honestly it takes a pretty strong teacher to deal with a troublemaker and not feel overwhelmed.

Teachers deal with troubled students in many different ways and it sounds obvious but verbal communication is the first step. Sometimes pupils haven’t actually been well informed of the actions versus consequences rule especially if they don’t have this established at home. A lot of teachers use agencies such as to find work and while these agencies are good at supporting teachers with workplace conflict, it doesn’t include conflict with pupils. Some kids work differently and actually enjoy conflict with a teacher. These children tend to enjoy being in the centre of the drama and the argument causes a spectacle to the rest of the children and they actually enjoy the result of this. Non-verbal communication is important here because just subtly standing near a troublemaker’s desk can avoid drama. Also, the non-verbal approach can actually work better than a confrontation as it’s not giving into what the student wants.

Think carefully about the threats you make and how you carry out your consequences because if you make empty threats and not carry them through, you will lose the authority and the whole class will know it. If you speak to you can get some guidance about speaking to the head teacher and the parents about the troublemaker in your classroom. Try and get to the root of the misbehaviour and find out why they’re acting out. Chances are you may be able to actually help and make a difference in the child’s life whether that’s helping with an outside issue or whether there is bullying going on so they become the class clown to get better attention and take them away from ridicule.

There’s an argument for ‘love-bombing’ when it comes to children and while this is great in the home, at school a variation can always work. Love bombing is overdoing the praise when a child does something well even down to the little things and not giving any attention to bad behaviour. Doing this at school works slightly differently, you want to give the bad behaved child something to focus on and be responsible for something in the classroom so they can take pride in an achievement.

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Time Management Tips: Teachers

Time Management Tips: Teachers

Posted By on Sep 19, 2016

Everyone who goes into teaching understands that it is a role that eats right into social time as well as shower time, sleep time and eating time! Time management is a huge challenge for most teachers and even seasoned teachers can still find it difficult to manage time effectively and have some sort of work-life balance. This doesn’t mean teachers are rubbish at managing their time, it just means that the demands of the job can be so big that burning the candle at both ends is a killer. Agencies like help teachers find their new positions and make it their business to ensure teachers are briefed on time management before taking up a job. Ultimately, when you want to look for work using an agency like can really help. You’ll be guided through the process from start to finish and your CV will be marketed to roles that are appropriate for your skillset. By taking that step you can go ahead and enjoy your work placements knowing you’re doing everything for yourself and your well being as well as your new classes.

  • When you’re planning your lessons for your children you’ll be of course thinking of the workload they will have. Homework and projects are given our by most teachers and they can be bogged down, but teachers tend not to think about their own workloads. If you have a lesson that will give you a huge amount of marking to do, balance it with another where you can give verbal feedback or a lesson where peer assessment is allowed.
  • Be careful trying to be perfect. If your documents have perfectly aligned images and clip art, is your class really going to notice? It’s all well and good going that extra mile for the class by designing your paperwork excellently but if it’s not going to have any impact on the class, don’t waste your time.
  • Think about when you work best. Going into school before 7am doesn’t mean you’re better at your job than a teacher who arrives after 8am. When you’re looking for a job with you’ll be walked through your day and how you manage your time so that when you’re being prepped for interview they can shine you in the best light. Plan a power hour for each day when you give yourself some uninterrupted time to get things done.
  • Diariase everything. As a teacher you’ll appreciate a heavy workload so buying a sturdy diary to document and plan everything will help. Being vigilant about your time in the classroom will help you to identify the times in the week that are extremely busy and in those times you can learn the pattern and then break it down a little.
  • Get to know the staffroom. It may be tempting to plan more or mark more or generally do ‘more’ in the classroom during your given breaks, but try and break that habit. By taking yourself out of the staffroom you effectively alienate yourself from the work support system you could have.


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Nowadays, many fostering agencies are already being set up to be able to provide fostering services to children who are in dire need of them. Aside from that, there are also a lot of foster parents who have the commitment and passion of taking care of these kids, even if they will only be placed under their care for certain durations of time. A foster parent can be a very satisfying endeavor yet it can also be a very emotional one as you cannot control what happens to the children. All you can do is take good care of them while they are still under your care. Here are some tips that will help you get through this situation.


You have to know first how long you wish to be fostering a child. You must be willing to provide such care for a foster kid within the entire duration of such program.

Foster programs may either be short term or long term ones. In a short term program, you may be taking care of a child whose mother is in the hospital, undergoing a delicate operation. For the quick recovery of such mother, she should not be experiencing the struggles of taking care of the child. In a long term program, there is a possibility that you will be fostering the child for adoption, especially if such kid does not have any parents anymore. However, this is a rare situation. Eventually, the kid will be leaving your care when the right time comes. To know more about the different types of foster care that you can offer, you can visit

If you decide to go into fostering, you always need to have a plan. You need to make sure that you will be able to do something good to these children while they are under your care.

You do not know how long a child will be staying with you. The duration depends on several factors surrounding the program. Along the way, as humans, it will be more difficult to let go in the long run, especially if you have already made deep connections with each kid you are taking care of. You must always make the most of the time that foster kids will be spending you. Aside from that, you also need to plan on the things that you would want them to learn from you. To check whether you have the strong will to be able to take care of foster kids, you can visit and have yourself evaluated.

There are some foster children who have special needs. They may have certain conditions that require them to be seeing the doctors several times a week. Most of the time, their needs are not being addressed properly. In this case, you need to know your own capabilities and limitations. You should practice honesty with the foster agency with regards to these matters.

This way, the agency will be able to find suitable foster parents for such kids. You should make sure that you will always be committed into what you are doing.In order to learn more about how you can foster different children, you may visit

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It is an amazing thing for someone to be open about the idea of fostering. It is both a very challenging and a rewarding experience to be a foster parent so you must let yourself know of the certain things that being a foster parent requires. There will be certain matters that will tell you if you’re fit to be a foster parent. These are some of those things.

Personal status

To make sure that you are an ideal foster parent, your personal status needs to be looked into. The child will be in your care and to make sure that he or she will be in good hands, of course your status must be in good condition as well. You will be examined physically to assure that you are in good health. Having a stable emotional health is also an important factor when it comes to dealing with children who may have been neglected or abused. There is also age expectancy for fostering. Obviously, you have to be an adult which is 18 years old in most states. Your relationship status does not matter much; it is okay for married couples to be foster parents as it is okay for single adults to provide for a foster child. As for parenting background, it is not particularly required that you have any sort parenting skill, since training will be provided. You can go to if you want to learn more about training and consultations.

Financial status

To able to provide your foster child with his or her needs, you must have enough resources. Sure you receive subsidy from fostering, but you shouldn’t consider that as a salary. You have to be able to give your foster child the basic needs that he or she will need while he or she is in your care.

Background check

Potential parents need to be checked for their life backgrounds. Expect to be fingerprinted. If you have history of certain crimes against someone, drug charges, etc.  That may prevent you from being qualified as a foster parent. Your references will also be asked to fill out forms and answer questions relating to your concern in fostering a child.

Proper shelter

While you do not need to own your own house to be a foster parent, you still need to have a shelter to able to be one.

You can either rent apartments or homes. Either way your shelter must be a healthy or more importantly, safe place for your foster child to live in. There must be fencing around pools or yards if in case you have one. You must have enough space for you and your family, with extra rooms and beds that will accommodate the child.

Fostering a child is indeed a serious commitment to make. That is why prospective parents need to reach certain expectations to be able to foster a child. So if you are planning on becoming a foster parent then you must be ready for the things that you might need to face in the future. www.nextstepfostering.orgwill help you with your concerns if you have questions on how to become a foster parent.


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The pursuit of becoming foster parents involves a lot of steps that need to be accomplished in order to have a smooth and legal process. Many things are needed for adequate consideration in order to come up with a right and proper decision in foster parenting, and that is why foster homes ask parents to carefully read and follow everything before they can foster a child. For people who are very much interested in becoming foster parents they can visit this site in order to have wider understanding about foster parenting.

There are many requirements and qualifications that most foster homes strictly practice.

Moreover, if you are one of those people who want to become a foster parent, you need to learn about the basic steps that you need to comply with in order to qualify as a foster parent. Here are some of the things you need to consider before fostering a child and treat him or her as your own.

You don’t need to get married in order to qualify as a foster parent. Your status will not disqualify or nullify your application. In addition, you don’t need to bother yourself of buying your own house, a new car, or become a full time parent in order to become a foster parent. All you need to acquire is to be  mature, flexible in all means as most importantly you need to be dependable since your future foster child will depend on your care and guidance for health and happiness. Also, you need to posses the attitude of being a strong advocate against child abuse and child trafficking so that you can help in stopping these inhumane acts.

Furthermore, you can also read some blogs and articles about the real stories of parents who have successfully fostered a child. Through this, you will be more equipped with all the possibilities that await you whenever your application will be approved.

You need to undergo some seminars and training so that you will surely understand the life you will enter so that you can provide the life that your child deserves. Moreover, educating yourself about the necessary information about foster parenting is very important too. You may visit this site if you want in depth understanding about the real responsibilities and obligations of becoming a foster parent.

There are many foster homes that you can find. If you are having some difficulties, you can always make use of the internet and search some foster care centers around your area.

Contacting a local foster care center is one of the easiest ways for you to understand all the policies and processes of becoming a foster parent. You can spend time visiting the agency and take a look of their children so that you can easily decide who will you adopt or foster.

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