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To John M. Barrick (astroboy) regarding Middle level discipline problems.
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Pamela W. Lackey
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 13:43:24 -0500
I teach 7th and 8th grade art, 31 in a class, for 90 minutes each.
Frankly, I highly admire your attempts to instill discipline in so many
unique and creative ways. But, the truth is, that after 5 years of
teaching, I find the quick and painless method works best. I explain
class rules in detail on the first day, and hand out a sheet with
everything in writing. AFter that, I nail them for infractions THE
FIRST TIME: DETENTION. No warnings needed. They know they are not
supposed to throw. Why give a warning? If they know you are going to
give warnings, they will use up the warnings and stop just short of the
detention, right? AFter the first few days, things calm down
drastically. Calm and order prevails. Harsher punishment for second
offenses. I have very few problems now, and get a lot more respect than
when I gave endless warnings and breaks to kids. Good luck.