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In a message dated 8/20/00 10:42:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< I know it is difficult to find ways to connect. I understand. Your
situation sounds very difficult. >>
have told me directly that they'll do
whatever they please in my class because it is "just
art" and therefore does not count towards eligibility.
Betty had said:
All the behavior-discipline stuff I've seen tends to
discuss how to deal with a single child. What about
eight, and how do I deal with them without cheating
the five who want to work? One rather large athlete
has already thrown a chair.
How heartbreaking, to have had to endure such a beginning. My guess is that
if you don't nip this in the bud, it will escalate and possibly, they could
get out of control. I would devise a discipline plan, outline and teach them
your expectations and consequences, and carry out the consequences each and
every time. They are bullying you. I would go out and buy, beg or steal Lee
Canter's Assertive Discipline book and read it cover to cover this weekend,
and implement your own plan FAST! Once they can behave, only then can you
start really teaching. I'd let them work on some name design "easy" project
at first, so that the ones who work won't be wasting their time, it could
count for a grade. Just til everyone is clear how to behave...
(I am speaking out of fear that I may encounter that same behavior on MY
Let us know what develops--my heart goes out to you!
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