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So I just started teaching midway through this Spring term. I have 5 8th grade science classes, and am having a lot of trouble with very disruptive and disrespectful students. In each period are at least 4 students that simply refuse to listen to anything I have to say and openly welcome interventions like a call to parents or detention. I know some of this is due to the fact that I'm coming in mid-year, and that I'm their 3rd teacher so far this year. I know some of this behavior will quell with time, but I'm really struggling with solutions now. Administration is very supportive, but the most disruptive students don't seem to care about the AP glaring down at them. I teach science and going to try and do some fun and engaging labs to distract them. Anyone have some other pointers?

Feb 20, 2017 12:14pm

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    • Mar 2, 2017 12:50pm

      I taught special Ed math for 2 years for 7th and 8th graders and know exactly what you are talking about. Two things that I found helped were tying the material to games, like math basketball where they can throw paper into the "basket," and then reward winners with snacks. My kids would work hard for few Takies. Be sure you won't violate any unwritten policy about food, though.

      I also recommend Harry Wong's book "The First Days of School." Very helpful, even in the middle of the year.