I have found that asking rather than telling often makes a difference with
unruly kids. For example, "would you please take this to the trash for me?"
(and then be sure to say thank you) or "could you do me favor and....."
Another thing that might work is to have some "caught you being good" cards
that you quietly hand out when you catch them. After a certain number of
cards, the kids can buy or earn some kind of reward (ice cream?) Good luck.
Lunch duty is never fun-including in high school. Linda in NC
From: Judy Decker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2003 1:08 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Do you have lunch duty? Unruly 6th graders
Dear Art Educators,
I got a call for help for handling discipline problems during lunch duty -
Can any of you help?
>> Dear Mrs. Decker,
>>Help! Please give me some pointers on how to deal with 6th graders that
are constantly on detention for bad behavior. Please keep in mind that I'm
a lunch duty aide and am with them for only about 45 minutes. What can I do
to try and reach these kids in an effective way. Let me know if you need
more details. Thank you,
This is what I replied so you don't duplicate:
I am kind of swamped right now.... See if these links will help. I find that
a little praise for good behavior goes a long way. "Reward" those who are
behaving and you will get more to follow. Work something out with the
administration - maybe let those who are behaving go outside to "play" when
they are done eating (administrator might be willing to help cover for
this). Have a special treat for those who are behaving.