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Behavior Prob?Get out your Cell Phone!

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ARTNSOUL12_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 03 2002 - 06:08:02 PST


Judy S. has excellent suggestions! I just want to add that one of the most
effective methods I have used is this: Little Johnny is acting out,
continuing to be disruptive and interfers with the learning of the other
children. I say, " Johnny, if you choose to continue, I will choose to call
home." Sweet little Johnny continues. I whip out my file with all my
students phone # and my trusty cell phone. The whole class becomes silent
and good as gold. I proceed to dial while little Johnny is frozen in
disbelief. He protests, "But, you didn't say you are calling NOW!" "Hello,
Mrs. Smith, I have Johnny here in art class (I really want to say I have your
little brat, but) I continue in a sweet voice, "He's being disruptive (or
explain exactly whatever he's been doing) and needs to talk to you to about
it ." At this point I hand the phone over to her little cutie. Now, if the
parent isn't home I leave a message as to why I am calling and state that I
will call back. I do not do this very often- only is dire circumstances-
infact, only twice in the last three years, but it's very effective- the kids
say..."Ooooh, noooo, not the cell phone!" LOL....
Susan on Long Island

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