I am beginning to see a turnaround in the behavior of my M/S classes. It has
taken me more than 2 years to get them to understand that they are in MY
classroom in a school where there is a definite behavior code in the student
handbook. I think consistency is the key and being a "stickler" for the rules
or code. My students KNOW that a certain behavior will produce a certain
consequence because it is posted on my wall and in their sketchbooks. They
had to sign it. I stick to it like glue!
However, there is a mentality I noticed in my 8th grade that I had inherited
2 years ago. It is the POWER of a combined group of students disrupting the
class. Singly they know they cannot stand and they have figured out if they
disrupt together it is harder to discipline the perpetrators. A few weeks
ago, Wizzle gave excellent advice... "Art for those who have the
self-control; written assignments for those who don't". Look it up in the
archives. She is right. I have done this myself and it works. BUT BE
CONSISTENT and don't let them sweet talk you out of it. They may sense they
can manipulate you and they sure will try.