Dear Barbara ...
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What Should I do When I Hear: "I Want to Go to the Nurse"?

How Do I Handle an Annoying Teacher's Aide?

How Can I Manage parents who are "too helpful?"

I Was Humiliated by Another Teacher

How Can I "Play Detective" without Looking Foolish?

How Can I Manage Breakout Talking During Group Work?

How Can I Handle a Truly Difficult Student?

How Do I Avoid Being Too Strict and Still Maintain Control?

What should I do when a few disruptive students ruin things for the rest?

How can I avoid having my class fall apart during the last ten minutes of the period?

How can I get them to stop talking so that I can talk?

Nagging and Negative - How can I change?

Are Rewards the Answer?

Will I be Able to Sub in High School?

How Can I Avoid Feeling Invisible?

When Should I Ask for Help?

Is it OK for me to use technology in the classroom?

What's the best way to “warm up” the class for learning?

I Don't Understand the Lesson Plan!

How should I handle a student who demands my attention?

How do I handle too many "special helpers?"

Substitute Teaching from A to Z

How to Use this Book

Subbing Resources

Interesting Subbing Facts

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