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    Re: Wow! High quality families in your old school.
    Posted by: Almost impossible to find families this wonderful. nfm on 9/15/11
    (18) Comments

    On 6/04/11, VET wrote:
    > We were fortunate that disrespectful students were a rarity.
    > Ah! The good old days!
    >
    > Once we had a student come in from out of state from what
    > he said was a tough school. The school had armed guards in
    > the halls and needed them, we found out later for sure, so
    > he was not exaggerating.
    >
    > In the 8th grade English class taught by a fabulous, no
    > nonsense veteran teacher, that first day, he tried to be
    > cool and misbehave in class. She would just LOOK at him,
    > realizing that "we had not raised him" and this was his
    > first day in a different school environment.
    >
    > After class, the boys in the class took him aside and
    > explained to him that students did not act as he had done.
    > They also advised him not to mess with(misbehave and be
    > disrespectful with) that English teacher, who had a well-
    > earned reputation for no nonsense. They also explained it
    > would be to his advantage not to mess with ANY teachers at
    > the school.
    >
    > This new kid got with the program and became an achieving,
    > well-behaved student. Our kids usually had the new students
    > up to speed by the second day.
    >
    > Our kids were the ones who usually let newcomers know what
    > was acceptable and unacceptable at the school. Peer
    > pressure can be a good thing.
    >
    > I will never forget the day, 4 football players "escorted" a
    > new student into the office and told the principal, "He spit
    > on OUR carpet!". The whole school was carpeted and kept
    > nice, and the students took pride in it. The school,
    > parents and community provided nice things that most of the
    > other schools in the county did not have.
    >
    > Once a younger student was pulling blooms from the flower
    > beds that our kids willingly maintained at their free
    > period. A student told the kid, "Do NOT do that again. I
    > planted that azalea." Word got around the lower grades not
    > to pull blooms and the older student did not touch the
    > flower puller. I saw it all.
    >
    > There was a rule in our school that if a student was
    > disruptive s/he was put just outside the classroom facing
    > the teacher's desk with his/her desk and all materials. The
    > door was left open so the student would not really miss any
    > class time.
    >
    > This was done quickly, quietly and efficiently with minimum
    > disruption to the class in session.
    >
    > The rule also was that if the principal saw anyone sitting
    > in the hall, he asked no questions and efficiently took care
    > of the situation. Sometimes, the principal came down the
    > halls and sometimes he didn't, but the kid in the hall had a
    > long period of time to "wonder" and worry. One class in the
    > hall was usually enough for most students.
    >
    > I loved teaching in this school because it was a family
    > atmosphere and a culture conducive for learning.
    >
    > It had the reputation for being the best school in the
    > county. Lots of parents brought their kids to our school
    > because of its reputation. The school had a tradition for
    > achievement and had been on the same sight for a century.
    > No one wanted to disrespect this tradition. Most of the new
    > hires were former students.
    >
    > We were very fortunate, I know, that we had the support of
    > families and the community.
    >
    > I realize that I would not have functioned well in a
    > situation where disrespect for authority was the norm. I
    > would not have had a 30 year teaching career in a less
    > organized, well-run school situation.


    Posts on this thread, including this one

  • How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/04/11, by VET.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/04/11, by VETw/ correction . "site" , not "sight". nfm.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/07/11, by muse.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/08/11, by Soli.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/08/11, by School Psyc.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/08/11, by shelia.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/10/11, by VET to muse.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/10/11, by VET to Soli.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/10/11, by VET to School Psyc.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/10/11, by VET to shelia.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/12/11, by Lynde.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/12/11, by VET to Lynde.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/12/11, by Jo.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/19/11, by Michele.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/29/11, by judy5ca.
  • Re: How disruptive students were dealt with in my old school, 6/30/11, by Teri.
  • Re: VET did you see my question for you?, 7/01/11, by judy5ca.
  • Re: Wow! High quality families in your old school., 9/15/11, by Almost impossible to find families this wonderful. nfm.