Classroom Freebies

Classroom Management Funny Series #1 - Pretending to Work

Classroom Management Funny Series #1
·       These strategies are intended to be fun
·       They are not designed to transform classroom culture but may help a few students to self-regulate
·       After teaching how to pretend to work, it is fun and helpful to remind students about it occasionally throughout the semester (but don’t overdo it)

Why? (For Teachers)
·       Students require different amounts of time to complete assignments
·       Students who finish early sometimes act inappropriately when given free time
·       Teach students how to behave properly (in a fun way) when given free time
·       “Pretending to work” (self-regulation) is a key skill, both in the classroom and the work world

Why? (For Students)
·       “Pretending to work” should be used after finishing your work! (Not Before or During)
·       Enjoy the downtime so you can relax and re-energize
·       Be productive without constantly being bombarded with more new work
·       If you pretend to work, your teacher will give you less work to complete
·       How you come across to your teacher or employer (How they view you) is very important
·       Self-Regulation is a key skill, both in the classroom and the work world

Keys to Pretending to Work
·       Stay in your seat
·       Be quiet
·       Keep a low profile (do not draw attention to yourself)
·       Make yourself look like you are doing work
·       Have a tool (pen, binder, computer mouse etc.) in your hand or nearby to enhance the appearance of working (especially effective technique)
·       (Advanced Strategy) Put an angry expression on your face because busy people are angry about all the work they need get done