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Re: difficult class


Date: Wed Oct 24 2001 - 19:18:30 PDT

contracts. immediate phone calls directly to parents. immediate disciplinary
removal from class for inappropriate behavior. I travel btwn 2 schools as
well. I also teach 6 th grade art. You have ot let them know undeniably YOU
are in control.
Keep changing it til it works for you. You have to separate the worst
troublemakers as far away from each other as possible, and I like to "seal
them in" at the table with what I refer to as "stabilizers" --good kids who
will work, period. Even with my wilc class with 12 out of 23 15:1 or resource
room or adhd-- this approach will work. You cannot have a soft shoe approach
with this audience. It is always easier to let up once you've started firm
than to start weakly with your presence as a disciplinarian and try to firm
I highly recommend at the next class, you staret with clear expectations- and
a contracxt YOU have written- and they sign it. THen you copy it and send it
to the parents. Work? yes- but at least then ther won't be any"I didn;'t know
you expected this....."from parents. THese kids are old enough to know
better. They are testing you. You must stand firm or they will burn you out.
Use your assistant principal ! write detentions and stand by them . document
everything. THey will find out swiftly you mean business when they start
having it come back to them at home. Parents hate to get disciplinary calls.
Use it to your advantage. It has always worked for me.
Hope this helps
Christine in Binghamton