Method & Theory

    Re: Tired of the socializing

    Get out of the mindset you need to be liked by students, NOW.
    Tell them "I don't care if you like me. I am NOT your friend,
    I am your teacher." This comes from none other than
    superteacher Ron Clark. Get a stack of detention slips and
    display them in plain sight.

    Ask students when it is OK to talk (partner work, group work,
    at lunch etc.) Ask Students when to NOT talk (Silent work,
    when you are teaching, when a student is answering etc) make
    it a lively discussion. They are high schoolers. They know the
    rules. They just don't respect you enough (or most adults) to
    follow them.

    Say, You know when to talk and when to be quiet. I am not
    messing around any more. This is your warning. You talk when
    you are not supposed to, you get two days minimum. Do you
    understand? Make sure they all nod.

    Go on with your lesson. First kid who talks, detention.
    lather, rinse, repeat. For every detention you write, 30
    seconds after the bell for all for wasting class time. They
    don't take this seriously? Add more detentions, essays, etc.
    Should take you about a week, and then you be amazed at all
    the extra class time you have.

    I used to be "nice" and I got walked all over by them. Now I
    have to plan more into my lessons because I have cut way down
    on the talking. It only took some pleading looks from
    students who really wanted to learn for me to crack down.

    On 9/26/11, Daniel Hanson wrote:
    > Hi, everyone!
    > Today in class the socializing was really getting
    > to me with some of my Spanish II students. It seems like
    > the mentality of some students is just to sit in class and
    > socialize and not to care at all about learning the
    > material or getting a good grade in the class. Not all my
    > students, maybe not even half of them are like that, but
    > the ones that are in school just to socialize are really
    > frustrating me right now. I have a hard time understanding
    > this mindset. Some of them just spend time talking instead
    > of getting started on their work. There are a few students
    > in one particular class that will make soft remarks which I
    > find disrespectful, but I don't pursue the issue because
    > they are not said out loud and I don't want to be writing
    > detentions/referrals for every little thing.
    > What type of consequences do you think are
    > effective for this type of student?
    > Thanks for your insights!
    > Daniel Hanson
    > Public High School Spanish Teacher
    > Atwater, California, USA