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3 Someone once told me that they spank their kids because it teaches the kids to behave. I asked them if they still do it and they said yes. I compare the yelling to the spanking. If you have to do it over and over again then it's not working. If it worked, you would only have to do it once.
4&5 By all means walk around. You might find a kid in the back that needs your help but is too scared to ask in front of the class for fear of looking "dumb" You're not a college prof. lecturing to a large group.
6 Yeah, sometimes you need to show the kids that you too are human and are able to kid around with them. You don't have to be buddy buddy with them, but don't be such a stiff that they laugh at you behind your back (or worse in front of you)
7&8 Pick your battles!!! Starting around 4th or 5th grade up through high school, kids are worried to death about how their peers accept them. If you pick on little things with them, don't be surprised if they make a big deal about it. It's their way of "saving face" with their peers. Of course some things need immediate attention. You will have to be the judge.
9/10/11 Use eye contact of course (what are going to do look down the whole period?) In the beginning of the school year it's important to let them know you're in charge but if it's all an act and not really your personality it might be hard for you to accomplish and it might not work.
12 when you can you should try to make connections with students' lives. Ancient Egypt, hmmm (how about comparisons between sports then and now)
13&14 you have to decide where to stand but I don't think you should be in one spot for the whole class anyway. Walk around the room. Kids are more likely to pay attention if they know you will be standing by their desk soon)
15&16 I would NEVER get into a kids face when they misbehave. Think about how you would react if someone got into your face. And like I said before, these kids fear looking bad in front of their peers so if it is severe enough bring them into the hall and talk to them.
17 if you don't "teach to the bell", what are you doing at the end of class? Letting the students sit and socialize is setting you up for disaster.
18 i had college classes that were all lecture and some that were mostly hands on. Which ones did i learn more in? hands down, the hands on ones. How are you picking groups? if you let the kids pick who they work with be prepared for friendly cliques, but if you put them together you knowing personalities, you have a better chance of them actually working.
19-23 think about how you would feel in a room full of your peers if someone started some big thing with you over something as innocent as talking. power struggles don't end happily for anyone and you will probably be the talk of the lunchroom (and not for how good of a teacher you are)
24-27 rules are important. Day one is the time to let the kids know what you expect and what limitations you have set. Follow through with what you say you are going to do if they break the rules because if you "let one slide" you have shown them that you are not serious.
28/29 you don't have to be best friends with the kids, but some kids don't have positive adult influences, and really need you. it doesn't mean that you have to take them out for a burger after school, but talk to them with respect, let them know that you care about more than a paycheck.
30 If it wasn't a school policy, I wouldn't mind if my kids called me by my first name. when I was in elementary school we called our teachers by their first names and I still respected them. I'm not into the Mr/Miss thing
31 Diversify?? do you mean subject matter or activities?
32-34 I am the type of person that can't sit still for very long so 90 minutes in a seat is hard. I'd ask myself, do the kids act up because they are getting antsy in their seats? Let them move around and talk to one another (on topic of course)
35 behavior charts are good even if you do something in your grade book. I give my kids candy when they earn it and they LOVE that.
36 variety is the spice of life. Same thing every day, would you want that?
37 Music works wonders when kids are doing indep. work and it doesn't have to be music that they would ever listen to on their own. I play classical or nature sounds and my kids enjoy the calmness of it.
38&39 Can you relate sports, music, fashion, other teen stuff to your lessons? if so it would probably interest them more. go for it.
40&41 supervise at all times but don't smother.
42-44 Teachers/parents/adults in general need to be able to say no or you'll be considered a sucker. Kids try to test their limits (even though most want limits set) Be an adult and do what you think is right.
45 I change my seats around frequently because I like kids to work with differnt people. Sometimes I group my "smarter" kids together because they can handle some things that I'm doing and I don't want them to be limited. Other times I mix low high and middle so they can use each other as resources.
46&47 Worksheets UGH!! What is the point of the worksheet? If there is no meaning to the work, why are you doing it?
48&49 Group work works if you are a good facilitator. Sure if kids are in groups and you are sitting at your desk doing something else they are going to stray off topic. However, if you circulate and join in their discussion, it makes it a lot more meaningful.
50&51 Put "bad" students near students that won't be interested in their behaviors. It might sound sexist, but most of my "bad" students are boys and if I seat them near my "good" girls, the girls don't give them the time of day.
52&53 Umm, I don't know what state you teach in, but in my state putting a kid in the hallway falls under corporal punishment and it's illegal. Many people think of hitting/abusing verbally as corporal punishment, but isolating and ignoring of students is also in that definition. Be careful with that. A teacher in my school was suspended for putting a child in the hallway after he had a fight with another student while out there. The parent wanted to know what the kid was doing in the hallway unsupervised in the first place during class and the teacher got in trouble.
You have to do what you feel is right in your classroom. I have learned that what works with one class might not work with another class so you have to be flexible enough to try different things.
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