Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.
> In a message dated 8/30/99 7:18:13 PM, BluesTruth wrote:
> <<I've never seen behavior
> so poor in all my days of teaching at this school. This is by far the worst.
> I truly feel like queen of the baby sitters.>>
> First a hug: (((((((((((((((((((Jill)))))))))))))))))))))
> Now the truth. You know I work with humdinger students and I have had many
> days like this. However, DO NOT let them win. YES, take the kids who want to
> do art and act appropriately. You might have to be the QUEEN ringmaster to do
> it, but it can be done. I am living proof. Develop a FUN lesson for the
> cooperative and another very BORING project for those who are knuckleheads.
> (I usually pick something like clay or anything easy and hands on for the
> good group and textbook or writing assignment for the bad.) Divide the room
> into those two groups. Now these two projects can't be too teacher intensive
> because until your "new teaching outlook" takes root, you will need to pour
> your attention into both groups. This takes a bit of practice and a lot of
> energy. Praise and joke with the cooperative kids and tell the other group
> they can earn their way into the "fun" project group when they show that they
> can display appropriate behavior. If the kids in boring work group don't want
> to do the work, tell them "Oh well, that is YOUR choice!"(In other words, at
> this point don't worry if they complete the project. That is not your main
> priority at the moment. However, those who do attempt to do the boring work
> can move to the good group after showing they want to cooperate.) Then go
> praise and admire the fun group artwork. The point of all this is TAKE
> YOURSELF OUT OF IT. The kids are testing you, but you need to turn it around.
> Don't react in a way that they can tell this is bothering you. Let the kids
> WANT to behave better because they feel like they are missing something by
> not being in the fun, good group. They will not become angels, but they WILL
> come around, eventually. But you have to be firm, set down the law, and DON'T
> ARGUE with them. Tell them it is their choice to either use the time to have
> fun or be bored. Show by your actions that you are so happy and proud of the
> artworks of the good group. The bad kids usually become jealous of all the
> attention the good kids are getting. This has worked for me even with high
> school kids. (In the last seven years, I have never given the second bookwork
> assignment. They all have had a change of heart by the second or third
> class.) It takes a while, but eventually they come around when they see their
> behavior is not bothering you because you are having so much fun with the
> well behaved kids.