Behavior Management Refresher
Posted by newbie-tchr at 1:05 pm in 1

Every week, the Principal sends out an article to the staff about some method or finding in education to keep us up to date, which I think is a really nice way to 1) remind me to look at new ideas and 2) give me something to do while the kids are taking exams. The other week he sent us one that encouraged teachers to simply talk more with students, in the hopes of developing a more open relationship.

The article was good, and with some extra time to kill (I know, a rarity) I figured I’d give it a try. WELL, I will definitely say I have a more “open” relationship with some of my students…but I’m wondering if these kind of strategies were developed with 7th graders in mind.

Things I now know about my students…some hilariously bad, some very cute and good:

1. A few enjoy lighting things on fire in mall parking lots…oh joy

2. A girl who seems to be failing all her classes may be doing so because she hangs out in parking lots checking out “skater boys” all weekend

3. One child is a tennis pro who just got featured in the local newspaper. (he ended up bringing the article in and it’s now hanging up in the classroom!)

4. One student runs a babysitting business…major flashbacks to reading babysitters club books on that one

5. Another kid literally plays 20 hours of video games a weekend. 20 HOURS!

6. A few now watch the History Channel because they think it’s more interesting…this warmed my little nerd heart.

7. I was apparently the only middle schooler not allowed to watch rated R movies…because it seems like ALL of them do it now, and quite frequently.

Although it does take time, all in all, I’d say the experiment was a success. The best part about it was that after I asked once, the kids have continued to talk more openly to me, and I can definitely notice a greater sense of community. Excluding a new fear of parking my car in mall parking lots where they hang out – success.

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