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Re: Middle School discipline problems


From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Mar 04 2003 - 18:29:00 PST

We have a "Recovery Room" in our Middle School where we send students who
are minor disruptions. This is to stop the problems at an early stage
before it
grows into a real discipline problem. Fighting, cussing and violent
behavior would
be referred to the vice principal for discipline and might result in
ISS, Saturday
School or suspension. Before a "Recovery Room" referral a teacher is
suppose to
use "think sheets", "calls home", "detentions", etc. I sent a student to recovery
today for refusing to come across the room to see an example of our
project on
a computer screen. Then I proceeded to continue to teach the kids who cared.
I'm sure other schools have similar programs for minor problems. Of
course the
first solution is to have a worthwhile, exciting program of instruction.
That should
avoid most of the problems. If the kids are interested and actively
engaged in
worthwhile learning fewer problems will arise. Still we never know what baggage
our students bring to class with them. Being sensitive to the clues that trouble
is brewing is a skill that comes with time.
                                                                Woody in KC

Lesley Glendenning wrote:
> I'm hoping that someone can give me some suggestions on this very difficult
> class of mine. I have one student who is naturally loud and impulsive. He
> 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,

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