I have been a subsitute teacher for a couple years now and I am taking classes to transition to the teaching profession. I am working on licensure in special education. I have taken about three classes now addressing classroom behavior and students who have emotional & behavioral disorders. There seems to be large gap between book knowledge and what they desire students to practice in the classroom and what teachers actually practice and what works! Special Education teachers I have subbed for who were effective at controlling their classrooms I have noticed practice everything and do everything I am specifically instructed NOT to do in the EBD and intervention classes I have taken. I notice these teachers will yell at their students at the top of their lungs, threaten the students, challenge the students and egg them on to attempt to challenge their authority, being disrespectful and giving very cutting remarks to students who step out of line, get in power struggles and always win the power struggles, readily dish out punishment to the entire class not limited to giving the whole class detentions and certian students get a whole month of detentions for misbehaving for one day in class, write referals at the drop of a hat, seeming extremely cold and rigid to students feelings. While I really have a strong distaste for these methods and I feel it is mean the teachers are very effective at controlling the class even though they may have caused those students to suffer pernament mental pain for the rest of their lives. This very harsh punishment at the drop of a hat seems to be practiced by principals and assistant principals at well. I have subbed for schools where the principal warned me of a few EBD students and encouraged me to write those students up at the drop of a hat and send them down to the office to him so he could personally give those students a verbal lashing. I was informed by one principal if a partically EBD student was to even get out of line just once to write him up and send him down. In my area I sub for the punishment and authoritarian all poweful dictator mentality seems to be the popular teaching model in the special education classes I have subbed for. Forget about behaviorism, humanism, cognative-behaviorism, psycho-educational models. That is something I only seem to read about in books, but is not practiced in the real world. Forget about the punishment as a last resort method toward EBD students, or pointing out to the student their irrational thinking, or analyzing what defense mechanism they are using, or trying to figure out what stimulus is causing the misbehavior, harsh unforgiving vindictive punishment seems to rule the roost. An EBD student brusies the ego of a teacher or principal it is "I AM GOING TO TEACH YOU A LESSON YOU NEVER WILL FORGET" type attitue I see most often. The popular and most encouraged way to deal with kids who are EBD at the schools I have subbed for is suspension/expulsion. And if a kid is EBD he seems to get ganged up upon by other teachers who want to unleash MERCILESS VENGENCE at that student. I felt really bad for a few EBD students I had. They told me how much they hated and feared their regular teacher, but they really liked me because I would chat with them and talk out their problems so I could understand their difficulties. I didn't blame the students at all for hating their teacher I would hate them too and I can't say I really cared much for their teacher. Any thoughts is this the way a principal will expect you to deal with EBD students?