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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 09:33 pm
how many times should you have to tell a student/s to sit down during a sixty minute class period? ten? twenty? thirty? more? tell them to stop talking long enough to listen to directions. tell them to get out a book, or a pencil/pen or a piece of paper and not have it take them over half the class to do that cuz they are busy doing other things like walking aimlessly around or asking to go to the bathroom so that they can answer a text message. that is if they don't sit down and try to text on the dl cuz they are so slick a teacher would never notice them doing that.

how many times do you tell a student/s to do something productive that does not involve practicing his boxing moves or copying someone else's work or throwing something at someone or stealing something from a bookbag. how many times/ways do you beg a student/s to behave like a student in a classroom appropriate way. and i don't mean sitting there silently staring and listening to the teacher spout crap. i mean work as they talk/multitask.

i mean before it becomes ridiculous and disrupting and you should have the right to ask them to leave so that the few kids in class that want to do more then socialize/be stupid in school can?
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
And this is why I no longer like children. Really this is a daily occurrence in this household. I've given up.

And you are my god for still putting up with that shit.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
how old are the kids in question?
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
At the age of 15, I want to give kids punchcards, like at a cafe. Every time they ignore direction and do something stupid, punch the card. After 10 punches, they get shipped out of class to work on an assembly line at a poultry factory for a month, unpaid. Repeat as necessary until less stupid...or productively employed.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
nice idea.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
if it's 15 and 16 year olds, twice.

so sorry you're getting no help from your bureaucracy. maybe there's some psychology or "best practices" that are focused just on classroom that you can work with.

the end of the year is SO HARD.

i teach college freshman, but at least someone has paid for them to be there, so there's a tiny bit more motivated.

hang in there.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm in the mid south and I"m not seeing lack of work ethic or skills in my college students, most of whom are getting associate's degrees.

I'm seeing a general decline in the old fashioned kind of reading and writing skills because of the impact of TV, something no English teacher could possibly single-handedly challenge.

but the degree of motivation and cooperation one gets in college compared to HS? really no comparison.

good luck.