ELEVEN PRINCIPLES OF
COPING IN LARGE
From: TEACHING LARGE MULTILEVEL CLASSES, Hess, N
(2001) Cambridge University Press
By professor M.E.d Yohana Aguirre Alvarez
• According to Natalie Ness in her book
Teaching Large Multilevel Classes there
are eleven principles of copying in large
multilevel classes and the first of them is
the Scarlet O’Hara principle which can help
teachers to survive a large class issues by
pointing out “I will think about it tomorrow”.
• Scarlett O’Hara is a
famous and strong female
character from Margaret
Mitchell’s novel Gone With
The Wind and the movie
with the same name.
When things went really
wrong she figured
everything out by “think
about it tomorrow”.
• It sounds like the person is escaping and
does not want to confront his/her problems
but adapting the attitude to teachers who
have to deal with large classes, it can really
• Think before acting.
• When things go wrong try to keep yourself
clever and cool and avoid bad reactions.
Situations like these can turn our day really bad:
• Uncooperative class
• Lack or materials, equipment and an inadequate place to
• Classroom commotion
• Judgmental colleagues or thoughtless administrators
If we had a bad day try to leave it behind! And implement a
good attitude towards the next class.