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Re: [teacherartexchange] Long email with tons of questions


Date: Sat Sep 24 2005 - 14:16:25 PDT

Such good advice, thanks. I know that I am making so many mistakes, and I
realize it as soon as I do it. Then I just get angry at myself and wonder why I
made such a poor decision. I don't have children and have never dealt with
them, so this is so new to me. Disciplining is hard for me because I've always
been the type of person who never wants to make people upset. I know that I
need to get over all of that and do what is best for my students and best for
me. It's just been hard. I like the idea of asking the student to stand in a
corner while I finish talking to the class and then deal with the student
privately. I don't think I am allowed to kick a student out of my classroom
unless there is a fight. I could have written him up a detention however. I also
noticed that he was chewing gum, and I believe I'm allowed to give him a
detention for that as I know that if I catch him chewing gum on Monday,
I need to follow through. I think I'm just scared, maybe afraid that he will
turn on me, which is such a pathetic excuse. I know that I'm the teacher and
the person who needs to demand respect and have control of the situation. I
know that if I worry about my students getting angry with me and retaliating,
I've given them control.

About the supply and cleanup issue, I simply don't have room to put the
supplies out in different sections of the room. All I have is one skinny counter.
I'm am worried that the students won't be able to decide who will get what.
There always seems to be one person doing everything while the others just sit
there. How do I make sure that all students are helping?

I do think that I'm definitely going to ask them to clean up early if they
get out of hand. I actually announced it on Friday, and then they suddenly got
quiet. I've tried the music thing, but it didn't seem to work. Even when I
allowed them to pick the radio station, they were still loud! I kept turning
the music lower, but they stopped caring. Frustrating. So, if they get too
loud, I should simply ask them to clean up? Then should they sit there reading
or with their heads down or what?

As for your prize bowl. Do you let them pick something out?

One good thing is that I have a new batch of middle school students in three
weeks. I'm hoping that I can take what I've learned and not make the same
mistakes. I really want the next 9 weeks to go smoother, that's why I'm trying
to figure out a system now. In a way, I feel sorry for these kids because they
were like my guinea pigs!

Thanks again!

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