Sorry for the late post - the forum has been experiencing "growing pains."
Anyway, here is my classroom disaster turned success story:
Shortly after being called to Primary as a teacher/worker, I was assigned to a class that had a little girl who had Down's Syndrome. She was 6 years old at the time. No other teacher could handle her. She wasn't difficult, just mischievous! <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue2.gif" alt="" /> She would climb on hte furniture or under it. She would suddenly DISAPPEAR!
I had never taught in Primary before and had only toddlers myself, so I felt a little overwhelmed when I heard about the class and the problems with this little girl.
I decided that I could not teach in the traditional schoolroom method. I had to do something to get this little girl's attention so that everyone in the class would have a good experience.
I designed my lessons to be mostly hands-on. AND, I kept the little girl in my lap. She was happy as a lark sitting there with me, holding the book I was reading, or reading my notes, or just ... sitting.
Now it's your turn. Tell me your classroom distaster turned success story.