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Re: Behaviour Help

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Donald Peters (softsnow)
Tue, 28 Sep 1999 06:32:12 PDT

>Actually, that should probably read:
>iwillnotkillanythirdgradeteachers. I am a first year art teacher. Both
>our 3rd grade teachers are also first year teachers. Neither of them
>controls their class properly and their kids come to me acting like
>monkeys. Those teachers have their kids all day every day; I only have
>them 1.5 hours a week, and I have a curriculum to teach. I do NOT have
>time for monkey behaviour.
I can sympathize! You can always tell how well the classroom teacher
controls their students by how they act in your room. I taught high school
art in a small town before moving to a MUCH larger community (from less than
1,000 whole county to over 200,000 in town) and started teaching in a lower
class minority elementary school. Anything I was used to giving for
punishment sounded good to them. (stay after school? GREAT! I don't have to
go home and get beat!)

All I can say is that it is a continous battle if you don't have regular
classroom teacher support. The best thing I have found is to start
seperating out the kids who do behave from those that don't and letting the
good ones do the funnest projects (painting, clay, markers, whatever) and
having the others write the rules of the classroom.

Will you still have problems? Yes. Will it start to get better? Hopefully.
Best of all you are not punishing those kids who are behaving so you won't
lose them. (learned this the hard way--better to have 7 or 8 misbehaviors
rather than 15-20)Let me know if anybody has any better ideas! I sure could
use them.


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