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Discussion in 'General Education' started by bewlove, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. bewlove

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    My question has to do with my Block I class. I am a fourth grade teacher and this is my first year teaching. I have three boys in this class that are a near constant disruption, and on top of that, are simply disrespectful at times. Here's what I have done so far, without helping the situation much:

    -Have them sitting near me and away from one another.
    -Have them clip down and walk during recess when necessary (sometimes the whole recess).
    -Try to motivate them to clip up by telling them that I am looking to clip them up before the day is over (sometimes that is motivation...other times, not so much).
    -Written notes in planners, which parents have seen (because they do get them signed).
    -Communicated with parents via email about their child's behavior (always starting with something good, but getting to the point of why I am emailing).
    -Done the individual conferencing with them by talking with them privately, telling them why I enjoy having them in my class, but finishing with why the behavior needs to change. This will usually influence some good behavior for a short period of time, but that's it.

    Other than sending them to my principal, I don't know what else to do. I want that to be a last option because I don't know that the behavior is really severe enough to warrant a trip to her office. However, they are frequently off task, talking when I am talking, etc. A couple times, they've almost made a game of my clip chart by saying they want to be on red. I'm not really sure how to even respond to that. But I don't want this to become a power struggle. They are distracting my class and their classmates get frustrated with them.

    If I am doing everything that I can do, I will feel a little bit better to know that this may just be their personality and there isn't a whole lot else I can do. But, if I am not doing a good job of handling it, I would like to try some other things. Do you think I should send them to my principal over this type of behavior if it continues? I just feel like she has bigger fish to fry than my kids who are a distraction.

    It's disheartening and frustrating. I have also emailed our school's academic specialist to see if she has any advice for me. She always says she is a resource for the teachers, so I am trying to utilize her :)
     
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  3. agdamity

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    Disrespect should warrant a trip to the office at this point. I understand not wanting to use the office too much, but if you have contacted parents and the disrespect is continuing, it's time to send them out.
     
  4. otterpop

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    Sticker charts on my troublemakers' desks (they get stickers for positive behaviors) have helped in my classroom. May be worth a try? I am dealing with a similar group. It's not easy. Good luck.
     
  5. missrebecca

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    I've had a similar experience with clip charts in 4th grade upsetting students or creating a power struggle. IMO it becomes an issue with the child's reputation or how they see themselves. Some kids didn't care, but others who had low self-esteem showed a lot of sad or aggressive behavior problems related to the chart.

    Behavior management is SO tricky. It's excellent that you have parents involved and aware... have you thought about having a positive reward at home/school for consistent good behavior? Maybe track it every day or every subject if needed?
     
  6. kassrose

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    I would schedule an in-person conference with the parents and work to create a behavior management plan together.
     
  7. MissCeliaB

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    Stickers charts have worked, as has team points and making it a game. I know it can be frustrating because you want good behavior to have intrinsic rewards, but it just doesn't work that way for some students.
     

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