I wanted to recommend a book for behavior management that worked wonders for
me- it's called, "Setting Limits in the Classroom" by Robert MacKenzie.
Also, Harry Wong is really really helpful (suggested by two people on this
list). Between these two authors you should be able to solve your
discipline problems. I think these books saved my life. It also helps if
the administration in your school is supportive. Good luck.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lesley Glendenning" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 8:02 PM
Subject: Middle School discipline problems
> I'm hoping that someone can give me some suggestions on this very
> class of mine. I have one student who is naturally loud and impulsive.
> tends to set the climate for the rest of the class. I isolated him to a
> table in the back of the room and now have to deal with him squeaking his
> shoes, yelling out, tapping his pencil on the table, pounding his fists,
> etc. I've tried to ignore this behavior but the other students complain.
> The whole class has been reduced to writing outlines out of the book
> as a whole they are too energetic, noisy, and untrustworthy to do
> If I stop to help someone, I then see paint being slapped on someone's
> paper towel rolls flying across the room, or the sink being flooded. I
> suppose some of this is due to my inexperience but the class is such a
> miserable spot in my day. I want them to do projects or at least not have
> the really good kids be forced to read out of the book but I don't feel I
> can help them while watching the rest like a hawk. I told them that if
> as a class could behave for the day they would get a marble in their cup
> when they had eight they could pick the activity for the day. The one
> troublemaker goes out of his way to make sure that they don't get it
> "he doesn't want to do any stinking art projects." Suggestions please?
> Thank you,
> P.S. If any other beginning teachers want to trade horror stories and
> the successes ;) with me, I'd be delighted. I need to know how other
> newbies are doing. Email me off list.