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[teacherartexchange] Coping with Behaviors


Date: Sat Apr 02 2011 - 14:40:21 PDT

I feel abit desperate writing this, so I apologize, but I could use some
of the wisdom if not resource people on this list. Please, write to me off
list as this is not directly art related, unless you want to share with
the list.

I have 3 chronic behavior students in my elementary grade 6 class. I've
tried regular classroom behavior strategies and what may seem this late in
the year Admin suggested a behavior plan for 1 student. Just recently, I
have begun working on planning an Individual Behavior plan for the other
two students.

Admin has been bouncing these kids, especially 2, back to me, and I've
recently realized that I've missed the obvious, and not being guided by
Admin, to putting together a plan for these students. Instead, Admin
recently suggested that they will set up some PD classes or that I take a
classroom management course in the summer! I feel targeted in away, but
working through those feelings. At the beginning of the year I was made to
feel it was my fault, my lack of classroom management skills, for sending
these kids to the office so much. Now, the kids have been identified with
chronic behaviors, pre-existing.

Through this process, I have come to believe that no one has taken action
before this. Yet, I am still being told that it is what I lack, not what I
have brought to this. And, yes I do believe there is room for improvement
in my skills. I am a mature new teacher, and at this school we were not
asked for classroom discipline plans, and the discipline chart for the
school is pretty basic stuff.

We have limited resources here in this remote community, but not alot is
needed and I do have plans that I am beginning to put together.. whether
they will work out with these students.. well that's up to us all..

My question is, have any of you gone through anything similar and how did
it go, in the end?

My V.P. hasn't initiated Behavioral Assessment seperate from an I.E.P., is
that typically initiated by the Teacher? Teacher's do not talk amongst
each other here, so I do feel somewhat alone in this matter.

Your help would be appreciated.

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