Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans

Re: punishment

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Sidnie Miller (
Sun, 26 Sep 1999 14:03:26 -0700 (PDT)

Since these behavior problems are obviously serious and are effecting
every teacher in the school, the staff and admin should sit down and work
out effective discipline measures and use them consistently in the school.
Our district decided that unruly students could be expelled even at the
jr. high level for "disrupting the educational process". This includes
more than 3 fights in a year and a variety of classroom misbehaviors.
IT's totally amazing what a difference it makes if a few of the obnoxious
leaders are moved over into alternative school--which is miserable here.
Also we work to have positive rewards in the school--ie you can't go to
dances and assemblies or play intermurals or be in activities when you're
bad but the good kids need and deserve these activities. Make a
discipline deal with your principal--ie, keep records of bad behaviour,
write it down on a daily basis and have the kid inital it at the end of
class. If he refuses, write that down. After x number of stern looks,
calls to pay attention, stern warnings, sit outside the door, come in at
lunch or after schools,calls to parents, then X happens. Agree to the
plan with your
principals and tell the students and FOLLOW it without fail. BE
consistent. The writing of reports thing is what I do when kids are in
detention because it's all they can do up there, but English teachers have
a fit, and rightfully so about using their subject as icky punishment.
Remember that most of the worst students behavior wise are also the worst
students academically so they don't worry about grades. Instead of taking
everything away from them, try to lead them forward to the really great
stuff that you can't do until 8th grade. My worst kids love to do paper
stencil silkscreen. They work really hard on their designs and bring in
shirts to print on and wear them. They like every part of the
assignment--I often blow up photos of sports figures, CD pix,
entertainers, whatever, on the Xerox, and
then use a light box ( a cheapo flourescent from Walmart stuck in a
cardboard box with an empty picture frame with glass (garage sale) on
top.--and show them how to trace the lines and shadows leaving little
sections that will hold the design together. Sometimes we start with a
grid drawing of their subject. Next you cut out all the
lines and shadows with an xacto knife (30 at the beginning of class, 30
back before they leave), then put the stencil over the shirt, cover with
a blank silkscreen and squeegie. I tell them at the beginning of the term
that first
we are going to do some drawing, then some color theory etc. because we'll
;need that info to do all this cool stuff later on---when they bog down on
an assignment that seems too boring etc. I remind them why they need to
know how to do the work and encourage them to hurry up so we can do more
cool stuff etc. If you are picking work that isn't teaching some skill
they will need and you can't justify doing it--eliminate it from your
program. They aren't kids who just like doing any art related stuff like
we do, but you can lead them along if you have a nice carrot at the end of
the stick. Sid

# Sidnie Miller #
# Elko Junior High School #
# 777 Country Club Drive #
# Elko, NV 89801 #
# 702-738-7236 #