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Class becoming nasty with each other but is it me being nasty with them?

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by jgh123, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Please ignore all the spelling mistakes in that! Was having a bit of a rant I think. Any advice would be apprichiated :)
  2. Tom_Bennett

    Tom_Bennett Occasional commenter

    They're just testing you a bit after a honeymoon period. Just reboot your behaviour expectations with them, and remind them of the consequences of righteousness and diabolism. Get your naughty stick out a bit, and make those sanctions meaningful.
    For the 'he said, she said' purgatory, just get the accusers and accused to stay behind and write out a full statement of the incident for about twenty minutes, no less. You will see accusations WITHER ON THE VINE, MY FRIEND.
    You're not a failure. It's a tough job some times. With time you;ll get the relationship and the learning. But that's going to take structure, consequences and...time.
    Good luck
    Read more from Tom here on his blog, or follow him.
  3. Have you had a chance to chat with last year's teacher - getting tips on what they found helped, what worked, what to look out for and hints of what to avoid. Most teachers are happy to share and support colleagues, and you may just find that while you perceive there were no issues last year, at different times the teacher was dealing with similar issues and questioning themself the same as you. Kids niggling at eachother, while can appear somewhat low level in the scheme of things generally has a pervasive effect on the culture in a classroom and learning. None of us learn best in an environment of distrust where standing out, or taking a risk and maybe getting a question wrong, places us as a target for ridicule. As you have experienced success teaching a challenging class in a different setting, think back and draw on what made a difference for you and the kids, good practice is good practice. Effective teachers question our own practice and seek ideas and learning for what we can do differently - we also support eachother. Talk with ex-teacher and other colleagues who know the kids and the school and, if for what ever reason they aren't available or able to help, ask other teachers you know in person on on forums and keep reflecting and talking.

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