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    Children not listening
    By Jess

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    The best advice I can offer is to start from day one and teach appropriate behavior. It seems that giving reminders is not working with your students, it's really just tiring you out. I would start with a modeling lesson. You may even have a fourth or fifth grade teacher either tape how students "should" act or have your class visit them and observe how the students act. I would then return to your classroom and have students brainstorm cooperatively, WHAT DOES GOOD BEHAVIOR LOOK LIKE. WHAT DOES GOOD BEHAVIOR SOUND LIKE. First graders only understand what can be observed. Asking them to behave or act respectfully is not something they can observe. I would also highly reccomend the book Assertive Discipline by Lee Canter. The book basically changed the entire way in which I taught in my classroom. It's an easy read, you can finish it in an hour or two. The time and money you invest in it is worth it. You will once again find your sanity. Good Luck!

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