Re: When experience is starting to challenge your worldview?
    Posted by: Paris on 3/25/17
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    That's not true that the only difference is giving
    swats. The other difference is your lack of
    consistency. You've made constant changes over how
    you approach classroom management and discipline.
    These are smart girls they can sense you are unsure
    of yourself and are taking advantage of your internal
    struggle. If you want to give them swats, then give
    them swats, if you don't, don't, but stop trying to be
    the teacher you feel they want or need and be the
    teacher you are, and then do that tomorrow, and the
    next day and keep doing it. What will happen in time is
    the routine will become the rule and word will get out
    what the expectations are and where the line in the
    sand is drawn.

    On 3/24/17, Caitlin wrote:
    > I'm 24, originally from Texas, went to the northeast
    for college at Vassar,
    > and am now back in Texas teaching 10th and 12th
    grade English and
    > coaching tennis (I played tennis in college).
    > I was really worried about classroom discipline
    given my young age, the
    > fact that I went to an all girls college, that I'm soft
    spoken, etc. So I
    > gave it a LOT of thought and a lot of planning, and
    I've been shocked,
    > overall, at how well I've been able to control and
    manage a classroom.
    > For my "regular" classes anyway, the ones I was
    most worried about.
    > The problem, ironically enough, is my honors class.
    Filled with honors
    > students, predominately girls, and students who
    don't seem to get in
    > trouble in ANY of their other classes. Yet they walk
    all over me.
    > Constant disruptions and, honestly, bad
    teaching/learning environment
    > because of it.
    > Over the course of the year, I've tried mixing up my
    approach. I went
    > from the nice but firm, to the super firm, to the
    super laid back cool
    > young one. None of the approaches worked. I've
    tried rewards to
    > encourage, I've tried detention, I've tried ISS. I've
    done a few office
    > referrals, but there is a stigma on those in my
    school, especially for new
    > teachers, like you can't handle it yourself, and I
    can't rely just on that.
    > I really am at a loss for what to do. One of my tennis
    players said that
    > she thinks the only thing different is that I'm one of
    the few teachers
    > who doesn't utilize corporal punishment (which is
    fairly common at my
    > school). Its hard for me to imagine that is what is
    causing such a big
    > change of behavior, when this is the class with the
    best students,
    > students who aren't getting in trouble in other
    classes..... I'm not
    > necessarily anti-spanking, and I in fact got pops in
    11th grade at this
    > very school, but I just tend to think corporal
    punishment decisions are
    > better made by the parents, not in school. So I
    resolved to not give
    > pops.
    > Meanwhile, I've been able to maintain classroom
    order jsut fine in my
    > other classes (including with some tough students)
    without using pops.
    > Its hard to imagine that my honors class is the place
    I need to start
    > applying them.
    > I really don't want to go against my decision to not
    use them, but I have
    > tried everything else, and my student/player isnt
    wrong when she points
    > out its really the only thing that makes me different
    from other teachers,
    > and the only thing I haven't really tried.
    > Thoughts?

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  • When experience is starting to challenge your worldview?, 3/24/17, by Caitlin.
  • Re: When experience is starting to challenge your worldview?, 3/25/17, by Paris.
  • Re: When experience is starting to challenge your worldview?, 3/25/17, by Caitlin.
  • Re: When experience is starting to challenge your worldview?, 3/25/17, by Please do not choose to abuse.