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Re: Middle School classroom management

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Sat, 25 Jan 1997 23:01:20 -0500 (EST)

I think you are getting some good advice on classroom management. The key is
to try to get to know the disruptive student -- as a real person. Sometimes
assigning a noon or afterschool detention can work -- but then use that time
to get to know the kid. Work together on something -- even cleaning the sink!
Find ways to praise him/her, try to get him on your side. It isn't fair to
the other kids to have one taking up all of your time, so sometimes you may
have to establish your limits by isolating a kid or sending her out. If you
do, it is only fair to give a warning (unless it is a dangerous situation)
and have a conference on how he can change in order to rejoin the class. In
our school, this is a requirement for any situation where a student is sent
out. Also, the parent is notified. I have found it effective just to set a
"pink slip" (our office pass) next to the disruptive student (sometimes with
a whispered comment on what the behavior is that is causing the problem).
This can be done very quietly, without interrupting the discussion or drawing
attention to the student. Good luck,