If I can add something about the inner city child to this interesting
dialog.(I've been working with the underprivileged since the 80s). NEVER
NEVER NEVER get into a power struggle with them. (Guess who will win?) "I
don't want to argue with you," is something I say to them everyday. "What
will work will you?" is another thing I say a lot. In other words, how
could you be in the class, be productive and get along with everyone?
Give them the ownership of their problem. I have kids throwing temper
tantrums, throwing garbage or art supplies, crying, screaming profanities,
fighting, hitting, wrestling (YES ! The WWF is a terrible influence on these
kids!!) and as I break up the fights, I always find myself saying to the
kids,"It's not working. How is it going to work for us?" I find 9 times out
of 10, the kids do stop and try to find the solution.
It's not easy because you need a lot of patience. I lose it too so I find
myself counting to 10 like I tell my students to do.
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