Hell is the classroom

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  1. fred merwin says:

    this has got to be the biggest piece of illogical strategy on how to manage at risk youth I have ever seen. I have taught this population you speak of… and they need discipline… they need consistency… it doesn’t matter if i sit at my desk, on the floor, or run around the room, “problem” students are not motivated due to the effects of POVERTY, not “poor teaching strategies…” yes differentiation is important, scaffolding is important, knowing which student is on an IEP, or a 504 is important, staying after school to help, calling parents, etc… i think you mis-interpret this “stressful environment” you speak of as a symptom of holding students to high expectations… which is it that you want… do you want students to be able to read, write, calculate, think critically, in order to survive in the highly skilled, technological world that they are entering, or do you want to have students to be passive to the curriculum and skills, yet active in their choice of subject matter and the way the behave? how does that make any sense? The preventive approach to discipline you speak of is great… we practice that. at our school (pbs).. but repeat offenders of the rules, when they do not change behavior after agreed upon consequences, after signing behavior contracts, ad infinitum, what do you do then?… where is the accountability on the individual (the student)?… after all… we are trying to teach them to be individuals who think for themselves right? Well, how can you do that without consistency with discipline and expectations? If i have to send a student to the office, am i creating a stressful environment or expressing the classroom management issues you speak of?

  2. I taught in one of the poorest areas in Morocco: kind of extreme poverty. These children had to work as shoeshine boys to support themselves. They had hardly warm clothes on them. Nevertheless, they used to get the best grades in maths, physics, chemistery, English… POVERTY may not be the cause of failure and indiscipiline. On the contrary, It can be a motivational factor for success. According to my experience, successful teachers rarely have serious problems of indiscipline. In fact a lot of indiscplinary issues arise out of failure in involving students in the learning process.

  1. August 2, 2013

    […] in two previous posts. The first one was about teaching with love and logic and the second one the RESPECT that some teachers seek to get from their students. These posts  highlighted the importance of preventive measures compared to reactive […]

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