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Help I'm drowning and it's only October!!!

Oct 30, 2013 12:46am

I started the school year later as my district had to rehire 1000's of teachers. In other words I was laid off in June and was rehired on September 30th. Which is approx. 3 weeks after school started. My students were settled into other rooms and had to be placed in my room. My students are tracked, thereby they are in the room due to low tests scores and poor academic achievements. So in the 3 weeks time I thought I have laid out how the class should function. But I am getting back lask from the students daily and at this point the principal and another "teacher leader" has said that I must work on my class managment skills. But I truly don't feel like the issues are purely my own. Please note that when each person made the comment it was becuase I had been dealing with disruptive students for hours on this particular day and I then decided enough was enough. I follow protocol and it doesnt appear to work. I don't want to bribe students and when I offer negative consequences it gets worse.

  • 6-8
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / New Teachers

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    • Oct 30, 2013 6:54pm

      At the beginning of the school year I put up chart paper, gave out post its and asked my students 3 questions:
      What makes a good student?
      What makes a good teacher?
      What makes a good class?
      I had every class answer these questions and put it up near the door so when students enter and leave they realize they are responsible for the classroom environment they want to have.
      Its never to late to get students involved in setting goals and expectations for themselves and for you. Its hard coming into a classroom when the school year has already begun. I would suggest you set up a box in your classroom: How Do You Feel Today? Encourage your students to write how they feel and let them know there will be no repercussions. Once you see the issues your students face it should impact your teaching, hopefully in a positive manner. Misconduct is often a distraction from the REAL problem of an academic deficiency.

      • Oct 30, 2013 10:28pm

        Again I am thankful for veteran teachers or any teacher who takes the time to answer my questions! I like both comments and will utilize them as best as I can, I do recognize that my post does come off as blaming my students. However, I didn't really mean it that way; when I say that the problems aren't completely my own I am pointing to the way that the school at large is run. From the beginning there were resources I have asked for and have yet to receive and things of that nature. But most importantly I am indeed hoping to be the teacher I once dreamed I could be I am as the gentlemen said overwhelmed.