Let's say there is a child who curses you, the teacher, out. Let's call him Bad Billy or BB. Well, at the first offense you must write down in exact detail what BB said and your response and how you counseled BB, advised him, and redirected his behavior. No, "hey BB, school rule, no cursing, go see the principal" but something more like "why did you do that? What are the school expectations? How might you not do this next time? Why are you angry? How can I help?"Our litigiousness and nannyism combine to create laws like this. It's one thing to expect me to teach, it's another thing to expect me to teach but not to allow me some tools of effective teaching.
At this particular place of mention, you must do this at least three times before even sending them out of the classroom. Then you call parents. Then you let it happen again. Then you have a parent conference. Then you write a detention. Then a referral, logging all behavior modification steps you've taken, and hope administration approves of it. THEN, after ANOTHER offense, the student (i.e. BB) MIGHT be suspended. Might.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I Know It's Fashionable To Blame Teachers For Poor Student Performance, But....
I've always said that it's culture, more than teacher incompetence, that causes too many students to do poorly in school. Schools are microcosms of the communities from which they draw students as well as of the larger society, and when this is what teachers are up against, you can't really blame us is we fail: