Hello? Anyone There? – How to Handle Those Difficult Classes

Hello! My name is Michele Gillis and I have been teaching with Qkids since August. I live in Jacksonville Beach, FL with my family. I have two teenagers and also work as a freelance writer and an Avon Rep. I have to say Qkids is by far my favorite job!


We’ve all had those classes where the students were less than engaged, but it’s up to you to do your job to the best of your ability and let the chips fall where they may.

For example, I had a student the other day who started out by telling me he was “angry”. I said, “Why are you angry?” He said, “I don’t like being in class.”




Well, I decided right then and there that I was going to make him have the best class ever! I sang the words, smiled a lot, and praised him like crazy. The class ebbed and flowed as far as his attention span, but in the end, he was smiling and enjoyed the class.

Sometimes I get students that don’t participate at all. They are playing on their phones, playing video games, or straight up ignoring me.

But my rule is to pull them up a few times on individual activities and ask them to read, respond, spin the wheel, or choose a card. I give it a second and if they won’t respond, I just say “Ok, so and so, thank you!” and move on.

It is stressful for us to keep trying to get them to participate, but I usually try sporadically through the lesson to see if they are interested. I have tried the “I’m going to contact your parents to make sure you can hear me” or I will do the activity myself and say “Good job! Teacher Michele!” Sometimes they snap to attention or laugh at me, but sometimes not.

But if nothing I do works, I don’t let it get to me and in the end, I rate them accordingly with one star for participation and off task.

The key is to focus on the students (if there are more than one) that ARE engaged. Give them a lot of praise and keep smiling, even though you are feeling stress over the child or children not participating.

Don’t beat yourself up because sometimes students are just not happy with anything including diamonds, stickers, or the activities presented. It is not your fault!


I had a class once where the student was yelling “Teacher is bad! Teacher is a pig” I have no idea what I did to upset him. I did my best to include him and to let him participate. He was just mad. I have to admit, I was pretty shaken after class, but the next morning my classes were amazing. That is usually how it works. I’d say 90 percent of my students are awesome, engaged, and eager to learn, but that 10 percent can really wear me down.

I try to remember, kids, are kids. When I teach them, they are usually just waking up or getting ready for bed, so I never know what I am going to deal with. But, I get my smile on and head into class hoping for the best and most of the time it is the best!

If you would like to join Qkids and have a fun and wonderful job with an exceptional company, please use my referral link!

https://teacher.qkids.net/ref?code=ZTNRHS or email me with any questions! My email is Mzpilsbury@aol.com

Happy Teaching!
Michele



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