I agree with Christine wholeheartedly! Excellent advice! The more positive
I can be with my students (any student) the better they get. When I
acknowlege more negative behaviors than appropriate behaviors, it sets a
negative tone for the whole classroom. This kind of atmosphere is hard to
turn around....avoid it at all costs. When I hear about those "bad seeds"
during lunch with my colleagues, I use that information. I seek those kids
out, and smile at them a lot, I stop them in the hall and ask how their day
is going, and I stop by their seats in art class a little more often to
encourage them. When students know you care, it makes a world of
>"This kind of kid LOVES it when they get on your nerves!"
>has a lot of insight.... so, how do we ignore the negative behavior, and
>yet give the very needy kid the attention they crave?
> If possible,give them only positive feedback. Make them a special "job"
>so they feel empowered... those are a few things that sometimes defuse
>kids in my classes (grades 3-5). I know, Middle School is Hormonally
>challenged though... the mid school teachers I know who like it are the
>ones who can laugh along with the kids. (I am not sure I would survive)
>Kayenta Intermediate School