Oh, dear heavens, there was no honeymoon period.

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  1. kellzy

    kellzy Comrade

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    You know how at the beginning of the year, there are few, if any, behavior problems for two or three days?
    HAHAHAHA. I wish. I had behavior problems from the moment they walked through the door this morning. This year's going to test my management skills. Favorite tips and tricks, please!
    Wish me luck.
     
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  3. Peregrin5

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    I had a class with no honeymoon period last year. They actually weren't too bad after I really cracked down on them the next day. There are a few students I have right now who are trying to get away with a no-honeymoon period. They're going to experience the consequences if it continues tomorrow.

    All you can do is hold them accountable. Most likely the reason they aren't honeymooning is they don't expect the rules to count in your class. I know the reason that happened last year is the past teacher for that particular elective (from which there were multiple repeaters) did not have any classroom management and they expected me to be the same.
     
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    :hugs: That is exhausting! I had a group like that a couple of years ago. There were a lot of undiagnosed psych issues with that group. Once I made the necessary referrals and got the resource team and psychologist on board things became more manageable. Make sure you follow up with those specialists if you suspect anything.

    Tips & Tricks? Find their strengths and play to those. That particular group LOVED art and it was the one thing I could get everyone engaged in. So we did A LOT of art that year... like 2-3 times a week. I incorporated it into every curricular outcome and unit I could. We were all happiest doing art. People thought I was CRAZY to paint with that class, but it was when they were at their best.

    Be consistent and well rested every day. Hopefully once they settle in things will go a little smoother.
     
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    Did you get my class this morning? I didn't have a honeymoon either. I'm going to have to take it day by day.

    There were some high points in the day but not as many as I've become used to on the first day.
     
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    I´m in the same boat. The kids weren´t mild the first day (which was last week, btw). Oh no. They showed their ¨true colors¨, so to speak, immediately. Uh oh! However, we are now in week 2 and things are already looking brighter.
     
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    My class last year had no honeymoon period and let me just say it was the longest most exhausting year I have ever had and I was a behavior teacher for awhile. I would have rather had my 6 all ready diagnosed identified behaviors off the charts than my class last year. By the end of the year I was physically ill at the sight of one of them. He cried everyday for at least an hour and usually more a day. Very little help from anyone including admin and parents.
    Today was the first day of school and not one kid cried. One almost did and he had sour puss face for part of the morning but all in all it was good. I have a few boys that will need to learn to sit but I feel a whole different about this class than I did about last years class after the first day.
     
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    This sounds like it is a well deserved break after your class from last year, then! :)
     
  9. willow129

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    txmom that is so terrible I'm sorry :( You definitely have my sympathies

    I'm curious, as a specialist I see all the kids from year to year and I knew from my first year to my second year who the kids were that I was going to have to have specific strategies for...and at my last school when I saw groupings there were times when I would go "er...hmm don't know why they put those kids together!" (I almost felt like they could ask the specialists for opinions even because we literally do see all the kids in the building and in various combinations from year to year)

    But what I'm curious about is, for classroom teachers, how much of a sense do you get for how your class is going to be before the year starts? Do you feel that you've had a pretty good idea for how things are going to go or is it usually a surprise?
     
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    It usually just takes a little while for respect and trust to build. You understand them, and they understand you. It just takes some time. Sometimes it takes until May of the following year.
     
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    It took three days before I had to discipline a student. Not fun at all.
     

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