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Re: Punishment

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menichino (menichino)
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 21:09:25 -0400

I just remembered something I did my first year teaching (subbing actually)
in H.S. -- there were a group of 5 or 6 boys -- 9th grade, who loved to
test limits. Everyone knew any of the 6 was capable of doing disruptive
things. A few days in a row there were problems with flying paper
airplanes -- of course only when I had my back turned. Never saw which one
did it. Well I met with them outside of class time and told them that if
one person did something disruptive that they would _all_ have to serve
detention. Of course I heard a lot of "that's not fair" and "you can't do
that" but all it took was one incident and they pretty much straightened
up. Don't know if this would work for Jill because this is a far cry from
inner-city Chicago....
Liz in rural NY

> From: GLond769
> To:
> Subject: Re: Punishment
> Date: Friday, September 24, 1999 6:28 PM
> Concerning the letters on poor student behavior in art class, I have one
> question. Where is your administration? I teach in a great high school,
> a 4x4 schedule (90 minute classes), and my beginning art class has mostly
> graders. Since our school opened in 1995 we have expected to see an
> administrator in our classroom every period of every day. It is
> The students know they will be there, and so do the teachers. We only
put up
> with the behavior we want to put up with. If a student is ever sent to
> office, they won't come back until the next day.
> I would suggest that if you have a group of students who keep you from
> teaching you send the worst one out. If that doesn't calm them down (it
> usually does), send the next worst. (I'm assuming that you have
> that they should be doing, you've been monitoring their work, and have
> reminded them one-on-one of what they should be doing, not just told them
> stop what they shouldn't) Yes, I know middle school is the worst - I
> 7th grade for 10 years. I am very thankful to be at a high school.
> Excuse the venting - I was just sort of puzzled about "punishment work".
> Gayle in Florida