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    By sandyH

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    When I've got a problem with a class that just seems to be snowballing, I try to put a firm stop to it. I would call a class meeting and explain to them that although they are not really misbehaving, their behaviors have not really been appropriate for the classroom, and are interfering with learning. Explain that you have wanted to be "nice" and were hoping they'd get the message and adjust their behavior. This is not happening, so you will be forced to insist on changes. Give them explicit ideas of what is okay and what is not. Let them know that you will be enforcing these guidelines and there will be consequences for those who do not. You will have to be esp. firm for awhile, (which for some of us is difficult-I'm a softie, usually!) but it's for the best. Kids will respect you for setting limits.

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