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!
Public High School Spanish Teacher
Atwater, California, USA