Please Help me!! New teacher here

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  1. nicole4

    nicole4 Rookie

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    This is my first year teaching and we started school this past Monday. I teach 2nd grade. Overall I have a good class, except for two students. They both have no self control and are constant behavior problems. I looked in their records this week and discovered they were both in the same class last year. The teacher noted that she strongly suggests that they not be placed in the same class this year. But it got overlooked apparently b.c they are in the same class! Our behavior specialist came to see me and is going to start counseling both of them this year b/c of their constant problems last year. But it will only be maybe twice a month. We have only been in school one week and here is what is already happening.

    child a: Constant blurt outs, up out of seat without permission, telling major fibs/stories, disturbing other students by touching them, reading out loud during silent reading, tests ect... invading others personal space. I met this child's mother at open house and told her, what was going she seemed concerned. Yet she let him roam the room during my presentation to the parents and blurt out and roll in the floor.

    The second child fails to do any work, has a bad attitude, wants to play all day long. I have sent notes home all week about his behavior. His mother said she spoke with him. Well it didnt work.

    I am sooo stressed already. I have used our grade level behavior plan and have began interventions with both students already.

    I had my first evaluation on Wednesday and got counted off b/c these two students were not on task.... I had tried to get them on task all morning but with 18 students I cant devote all my time to these two!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    First of all, you had an evaluation on the third day of school. What nonsense is that!?



    I would give the behavior plan some time to work. I put a student on one, and it took a couple of weeks to see the behavior turn around. I would also split these kids as far apart from each other as possible. I had two kids who were very naughty last year. It took some time and lots of modeling, but they're behavior improved greatly. Stay consistent to your behavior and consequence plan and reward the students who are following your rules.
     
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    It does get easier, take deep breaths. Do you have a mentor? I hope so, it is required in my state for the first year of teaching. If you do, talk to your mentor and let them guide you through this. If you don't have a mentor, you need support from a coworker. Find someone you can trust that is willing to be a positive influence. Keep your head up and good luck.
     
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    Have you talked to their parents? I would. Also document EVERYTHING!!!!!!! What kind of behavior plan does your grade level use?
     
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    I'm not sure what your specific plan is or what the school one is, but use it and be FIRM. I let my kids know the consequences the first day of school... I always have one or two kids (yes, usually boys, I'm a man, so I can say that! :) ) who test me right away - and I show them, and the rest of the class, I mean business. I usually have to send one kid to the 'take a break' seat the first week of school... it's good for them to see you mean what you say and will be following through.
     
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    These are all excellent responses so far. I'd like to add that I use "I noticed..." statements (from Love and Logic) in addition to the above mentioned things and they really do work wonders. It seems absurd, but many times, these kids just want attention - if they can't get positive attention, they will go for negative.
    So for example, you would just say to the kid, "I noticed you have a striped shirt on today." Or something similar, but it can't be a judgement and it's best if it's not about academic stuff. Some other things could be: haircut, new clothes, like to play on the slide, like to play with so-and-so.
    It will take a few weeks, but the point is that they are getting positive, non-judgemental attention. You should make a comment maybe every other day for a while. It really does work!
    Just try to keep your expectations high and positive. And remember these are 7 or 8 year olds, they're probably not evil, just have bad habits. Good luck!
     
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    Ms. T. - I LOVE your idea - I usually say something related to academics or behavior, but I'm going to focus on doing what you suggested for a few boys in my room. :D
     
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    Great! Let me know how it works out. :)
     
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    I totally agree with Ms. T. Buy yourself a copy of Love and Logic. I have a student identical to yours and if he does anything that cries out for attention, I just say, "Ooo, I'm sorry. You made a bad choice again. Wait at the tables and I'll be happy to have you join us as soon as you're ready to behave appropriately." The second day of school I had to remove him from activities four times. Every time I was very calm, and only allowed him to come back when he acknowledged that he was going to behave correctly. After that, he never did it again. They just want attention. Love and Logic explains how to do that positively, and also make sure they feel responsible for being punished, not that we're the bad guys. It's a great investment!
     

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