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Re: Middle School discipline problems

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Artystyc3_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Mar 05 2003 - 18:01:55 PST


Lesley-
              Why should one tyrant be allowerdto control your class, send
him out to the Dean of discipline or the Principle. Doesn't your school have
a discipline code?
How about detention? Phone calls home can also get you the attention you
need.
Do you have class rules posted ? If not ask your students to give you five
simple class rules for respect.
 Like: 1) I WILL COME IN QUIETLY AND WAIT FOR INSTRUCTION .
( That means you have a seating chart that helps you maintain order, and you
stand by the door reminding them about rule #1. ) Having a warm -up activity
gets them on task as soon as they sit down.
         2) I WILL TALK QUIETLY IF NEEDED OR NOT AT ALL.
         3) I WILL RESPECT THE SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT I USE OR I WILL
                  PAY TO REPLACE IT.
         4) I WILL STAY ON TASK , I UNDERSTAND IT"S PART OF MY GRADE.
         5) I WILL TREAT EVERYONE RESPECTFULLY AND DO THE BEST I
                  CAN.
  My students come up with their own rules, ownership breeds an atmoshphere
of agreement. It's not my idea , it's theirs and I remind them of it. We also
have a schoolwide code of conduct and consequences. But we post our own room
rules too.
I'm sure there's some experienced teachers that can be your mentor and give
you some ideas, scope out the territory and ask your principle to do an
inservice on discipline.
Patti in Fl.
         

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