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Re: [teacherartexchange] When is it time to be "Mrs. Not Nice"


From: Judith Stenger (mammamia2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 07 2005 - 04:06:03 PDT

Dear Cathy,
    It sounds like you have been very creative with your behavior
management. Unfortunately, in my experience, there is always that
one class that makes you crazy. Here is something that helped; I
have a handout with the rules on one side, consequences on the other.
Both sides must be signed by parent and student, and there is a place
where I ask for phone numbers. I collect these as I take roll the
first few days. As they hand them to me, they receive a check on my
gradesheet, and a small bribe--maybe a pencil or a lollipop, I call
parents on my cell phone immediately for infractions. II keep my
phone in me at all times. Sometimes, all I have to do is begin to
open my id holder (where I keep my phone) and the behavior stops.
If they don't speak English, I call again later from a school phone
and use language line. I put the child on and have them explain why
I had to call them. I may have students write a problem sheet, have
their parents sign it, and require that it be turned in to me before
the next art class. If not, and you need to clear this with admin,
they must go to the office or detention room and call home. If you
do this immediately, on the very first infraction, things will go
smoother,but you have to keep it up. Good luck to you.
Judy S
On Jul 7, 2005, at 6:40 AM, C Kerch wrote:

> Here's a question for my fellow art teachers. I've just been told
> that I need to stop being so nice to my students and that I need to
> be stricter. The "suggestion" comes on the heels of my awful year
> with my 5th graders. This class was the largest I've had for Art
> and the most disruptive. I tried every strategy in the book to get
> these guys under control and for a while each technique would work
> or last for approximately a week before they became disruptive
> again. I've drawn out contracts, flashed the lights, blown the
> whistle, clapped my hands, held my hand up with my index finger to
> my mouth, wrote A R T on the board and erased it for each
> disruption, wrote behavior conduct slips, had the VP come to my
> room to monitor then admonish the kids, and I've put students in
> time out or penalty box. Nothing worked with these guys...
> seriously, nothing. All my other classes were perfect and
> discipline problems were nil but this 5th grade class was horrible
> and I was warned by the 4th Grade teachers who had them last year
> that they were a bad group of kids. So, now I'm being forewarned
> that I may have some of these little troublemakers back for art
> this fall as 6th graders and that I need to set the LAW DOWN the
> first day followed by constantly writing these kids up and above
> all, I'm told to stop being sooo nice. So, exactly when is it time
> to be Mrs. Not Nice and when do I go back to my usual self? I've
> tried being the mean it doesn't work for these guys because they
> know that after a few weeks of being good I'll be nice again.
> I love all the posts on discipline and how to handle disruptive
> behavior BUT what do you do when it's an entire class of 25 students?
> Mahalo,
> Cathy
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