Student causing trouble in hallway

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  1. a teacher

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    Have any of you ever experienced this one:

    At the beginning of a particular class period, less than 5 minutes in, some idiot yells inside the door from the hallway. It's really ticking me off. I can't really run after him because I have a class sitting there. I've sent a kid a couple of times to chase him down (I don't know what I was thinking-it was desperation/exasperation I guess), but no luck.

    I've contacted the Dean about it, but I don't think security will be on the ball enough to do anything. Even if they hover nearby, the kid could stop until they stop checking. I only seem to have two choices:

    1. Lock the door, which is a bit of a hassle for me and also means I won't catch the kid, which I really want to so I can punish him seriously!
    2. Set up a kid down the hallway with a camera to get a picture the next time this moron does this.

    What would you ladies do?
     
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  3. HistoryVA

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    Keep your door locked, which is safer anyway and will solve the problem without focusing on revenge. The camera idea is petty. Or, be standing in the doorway at the moment it always happens.
     
  4. justwanttoteach

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    Is this a reoccurring thing?? Make a note of the dates/times/things said and take it to security or Dean and ask them to be in the hall for a day or to around the time this happens??
     
  5. kcjo13

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    Does anything good ever happen in your school? Are they all morons and idiots?

    And we're not all ladies.
     
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    :lol:
     
  7. a teacher

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    Yeah, I can't really be near the doorway when that happens because of the layout of my room.

    But maybe you're right about the first point.
     
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    So is that a yes? No? Both?
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Given that snicker, kc, it may be necessary to translate. Allow me:

    kcjo13 is among the ladies reading this thread, but some of the readers are gentlemen.
     
  10. a teacher

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    No, I loved the line about idiots and morons.
     
  11. a2z

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    :thumb:

    Exactly how do you mean that, kcjo13? Just kidding.

    Interesting that a teacher would make the assumption that everyone here is a woman. Or does a teacher only want advice from ladies?

    A teacher, are you a man or a woman? I wouldn't have asked, but the fact you only want advice from ladies, I am curious. You don't have to answer if you don't want, but your question made me wonder.
     
  12. TamaraF

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    Lock and shut the door. The student is looking for a reaction from you, and it sounds like they are getting one.
     
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    I'm guessing a man...and this is probably sexist...the way the poster has described himself/herself in the classroom lead me to that conclusion.
     
  14. AnnieC

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    Locking the door may be your best bet.
    Let's say you do catch this kid, and he has a friend that will follow his steps and do the same and then another friend etc. I can only imagine how disturbing this is to you, especially since it causes distraction. But, I would say forget revenge and catching him I mean if you do catch him,great. Getting one of your students to chase him down..really? lol! That's going to cause more distraction to the class. Just lock your door, and hope he stops or get caught.
     
  15. a teacher

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    I think you're right. There's nothing wrong with posting a student to catch him outside or take a picture of him, but it could complicate things. I agree that none of the kids should know it bugs me or it could become a regular thing with other kids doing it. I actually experienced something similar at another school, where banging on the door became a major issue. I realized that my reactions were adding to the fuel of the actions. That's why I was angry with myself for sending a kid after him for the second time last time it occurred just as a gut reaction and because kids in the class were volunteering to do it. But I was already stressed about something else and then that happened!
     
  16. czacza

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    This.
     
  17. czacza

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    Posting a kid results in that kid losing out on instructional time. Lock your door. Forget about the mass hole who is disrupting your instruction. If your admin doesn't do something, that's their issue. you can only control your situation.
     
  18. a teacher

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    Well stated. Thank you.

    Locked it today. Don't think he came by, but who knows.
     
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    More importantly, since you were prepared, who cares? Good move.
     
  20. a teacher

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    Thanks. I seem to be on top of it now.:D
     

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