Teach a student to answer the phone.
There will be those moments when you’re in the middle of a great lecture. The kids are on the edge of their seats. You’re just about to come to the main point of the lesson, when…the phone rings.
I hate it when that happens.
I learned early on to teach the student nearest to the phone how to answer when the phone rings.
This isn’t as easy as it appears.
The student can’t just say, “Hello.”
It may be the principal calling.
I teach them to say, “Mr. Rangel’s class, student speaking.”
Most of the time, someone in the office wants to pull a student from my class to go home or to see an administrator, and the student answering the phone can handle that.
It is really rare that someone actually has to speak to me.
Having a student answer the phone for me saves me a lot of time, and keeps the class from losing focus.
This may seem like one of those “Duh” tips, but there will be days when the phone will ring 5 times in a period, and any help you can get is appreciated.
I know many schools use student runners to send messages or make the announcement over the class intercom system. I’ve experienced them all, and personally, I’d rather them call my room than send a student to interrupt my class to give me a message.
What do you think is the best way to send messages to the teacher during class?