Can anyone help with 8th grade?
This is my 28th year teaching, and my 1st with 34 8th-grade students. I took the class a month into the year. Talk about a tough audience! 2/3 of the students - amazing; most students - good; the rest - a gang-mentality. Things would be easier had I started the year with them. After 19 years in elementary, and 9 in middle school, mostly hi-cap, I've lost confidence. The Teaching Channel videos are great, but I've yet to see a teacher deal with behaviors I see daily. My sixth grade students respond to my lessons. The 8th grade students... not so much! Imagine students talking while you are teaching, students getting a drink during lessons, asking a student to listen, and then another letting out a big guffaw, slapping the desk, making others laugh. Imagine a transition time where people hop out of their seats to get a drink and socialize. I am ill-prepared for this manipulative behavior. Any advice on taking over a class? Thanks!
- English Language Arts