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When Your Class Makes You Want To Quit

29/06/18

Let’s face facts, if you are a teacher in any school there are days when you just want to quit your job and get on the first boat to Spain. Most generally, this is because you have one of those classes that could most aptly be described as a menace to one’s mental health. The class that will not be quiet long enough to give you the time of day.

Rather than exiting the classroom abruptly, here are a few tips to help you handle such a task:

1. Remember that rapport is everything

It is true, students will not learn from teachers that they do not like. If you do not have a rapport with students, it is difficult to get them to learn from you. They may see you as someone who does not care. One of the secrets is to show them that you are not such a person. Smile, share a joke about the football with the young men in your class, and talk to the students about their aspirations and vision for the day. Connection does go a long way.

2. Follow the school’s behaviour policy

It may sound dumb, but this is a teacher’s secret weapon. Often, if you know the behaviour policy the students will realise you are not an imposter. They will also understand that you mean business. Hopefully this stems a few of your problems.

3. Don’t be afraid to escalate

If the need arises, don’t be afraid to get the Senior Management Team involved. This may sound demeaning, but there are some students who just won’t learn any other way. Don’t be afraid to refer people to the Assistant Vice Principal. Doing so may just save your reputation and sanity.


At the end of the day, smile. Know that you are a great teacher who has spent many years training in how to do the job, and above all, learn to make a difference to the students you teach. It may just make a difference to your life too, and prevent you from saying ‘I quit.’

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