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
How this Applies to the World of Work
• You have your first job working at at fast food restaurant. It is late at night and no customers have entered the store in over an hour. You have 2 options…
• You and your co-workers decide to have a food fight. Your manager hears you and suddenly find lots of items for all of you to clean.
• Keep quiet, pick up a broom and look busy
Here is a link to Classroom Management Funny Series #2...
Quiet Your Faces
Here is a link to Classroom Management Funny Series #3...
Quiet Your Head/Mind
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