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More on Middle School discipline problems


Date: Fri Mar 07 2003 - 15:14:09 PST

I'm looking for some insight into my classroom problems this quarter. I've
run some of this stuff by Bunki, but I'll take as much advice as I can get.
    I have an 8th grade class that is causing me fits. When beginning a
lesson and I'm speaking they just love to talk when I'm talking. In my first
and second quarter classes I sometimes could take care of this by pulling
out a few of the culprits and doing some one on one and if necessary issue
out a detention. But in this particular new class of mine, it's a huge
portion of the class that's rude. I've tried stopping a couple of times, and
having them police themselves, but it only lasts maybe a minute and then
their back at it again. Any stategies for this one?
     I also would just like to ask all the jr. high/middle school teachers if
they allow students to get up and walk around doing nothing. I'm a having a
real problem with this and I keep reminding many students that they should
either be working on their sketch book homework or working on an extra credit
project that they have in progress. It happens repeatedly with the same kids
and last quarter I would have fired off detentions for this kind of thing.
Does this repeated off task behavior warrant any consequences or I'm just
expecting too much from them?

mike sacco
pj. Gelinas Jr. high
Setauket, NY