Handling tricky situations
|Choosing the appropriate behaviour|
|Covering other teachers' lessons|
|Criticisms following observations|
Choosing the appropriate behaviourTricky situations are a fact of life. I hope you'll have been shielded from the worst in your training and induction years but as you get more experienced you are expected to handle things alone - and well. Assertiveness training is well worth considering - even if you just read a book on it.There are four behaviour choices that you have in dealing with difficult situations.You can be:
|• aggressive - behaviour that makes the other person angry, resentful, hurt or demoralised|
|• passive - backing down, withdrawing|
|• manipulative - hints, flattery, etc.|
Of all these, assertiveness is usually the most helpful. It's the direct and honest expression of feelings, needs and opinions that calls for self-respect and respect for others. When you're assertive people know
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Book title: The Insider's Guide to Early Professional Development: Succeed in Your First Five Years as a Teacher.
Contributors: Sara Bubb - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2004.
Page number: 106.
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