Problems Outside the Door

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by Furthuron, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Furthuron

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    So I'm sitting here right before first period starts, and my "adorable" 7th graders are standing outside chatting as they do every morning. However, lately I've heard a lot of cursing and overall inappropriate conversation through the closed door. I have a good idea who it is, but I don't know for certain.

    Any ideas on how to handle this?
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    Go out there and tell them to knock it off?
     
  4. Furthuron

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    I realize now I probably sounded like an idiot in my post (I'm really not). I was just debating on whether I should have a discussion with them about character - which we focus on a lot - or if I should just go outside and tell them to knock it off. I tried that with another class and the effects were so-so. I just want them to really think about their behavior.
     
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    Go with your gut on the character talk. I find that those work with certain students, but usually only in one-on-one settings. I wouldn't try to do a character talk with a whole group of riff-raffy kids because I think that they'd just laugh and carry on.
     
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    I call them out on inappropriate language all the time. Individually. As a group. Whatever.
     
  7. TamaraF

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    Do something, anything. Just don't let them think their behaviour and language is "okay" just because it isn't officially class time.
     
  8. MrsC

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    Agreed.
    My office is in the hallway where the grade 7 and 8s have their lockers. They never seem to figure out that I can hear every single word they say to each other. I spend a lot of time going out into the hall to speak to them about their language and their topics of conversation.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
  10. Peregrin5

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    My P put it in a way today that I'm going to use in the future: "You need to wash out that mouth young lady!!!" *called over a huge group of kids* (she has great hearing)
     

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