Very Lengthy Classroom Management Discussion

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  1. Thanks for this post. I’ve needed a breakdown like this where it’s all spelled out. Many things have occurred this semester that I wasn’t prepared for. I simply reacted the way I felt was best to react in the moment. I like that there’s a process laid out here. I’m going to have to study this.

    What do you recommend at this point in the semester? Should I start doing this plan or wait till next semester when I have a fresh start? The reason I ask is because I definitely have several students who would qualify for a Plan D or E. One of which I have to wait out the rest of the semester. This was handed down to me as the plan. I didn’t want him back in my class, but since it’s so close to the end, they didn’t want him to lose any credits, so I’m stuck with him for the next 5 weeks or so.

  2. Maybe – just a thought here – you could bring in a counselor or other mediator and just talk to each class about how they see things moving forward. My gut tells me not to do it bc they really don’t know what the best course of action is right now and expect the adult to know. On second thought, don’t. Kids will always take the easiest path out and the very issue here is the opposite – the hard path of human interaction. (That’s the source of a lot of the pushback we all get every day when we try to implement CI in our classrooms – the human interaction piece – they simply don’t want to do that and they don’t want you to teach them about that social piece*). I remember trying that kind of open discourse and not liking the results. I guess keep trying to create CI and use Plans A-E to practice for the second half of the year? Any other ideas from the group?

    *I’m not sure but I think I read somewhere that true spirituality is in part right adjustment to others. Maybe Hazrat Inyat Kahn said that. If kids have never been challenged to converse and learn the “Art of Conversation” (see the category for that if you haven’t already) in their other classes why should we expect them to do anything else than what happened to Jake yesterday? They don’t know, are ignorant in the French sense of the verb “ignorer: to now know.” It’s like our society is missing its adults, so there is no one to train this poor kids about proper decorum in a social setting. We’re doing a lot more than just teaching a language!

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