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Re:classroom control!

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Teri Brudnak (tbrudnak)
Sat, 30 Oct 1999 11:47:39 +0000

My high school students sometimes come in really wound up and crazy. I
have a circle drawn on the corner of my white board that says "Minute
Club" inside. I usually draw it to look like a clock. They have been
trained to know if I have to wait, they will get a mark for every minute
in the "Minute Club" circle and the whole class owes this time after the
bell. I just have to pick up a marker and start to point it at the
circle and someone sees it and a ripple goes through the room. They have
to be trained with kindness and consistency.
Difficult cases who consistently break the rules stay after class and
fill out a form called "Opportunity to Improve". It lists what they did
to break the rules and how they can improve. It is signed and dated by
the student and I keep it in a file in case things get worse. I also try
to understand why they are acting out and what I can do the remedy the situation.
I really love my students and I love to have fun with them in class, but
I also run a tight ship. I am relentless about what is acceptable in my
classroom. I think most students want a calm and peaceful environment
for work and so do I!!!
It takes courage and hard work to be consistent and fair--but practice
daily and it will get easier. My husband teaches Special Ed. and he has
given me priceless tips for working with difficult students. He has
great luck with this system.
Hope this is helpful to some of the new teachers,
Teri Brudnak
Corona del Mar High School Art Dept.
Newport Beach, CA