The Mean Look

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  1. Grammy Teacher

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    We have all used our "mean look" at one time or another to get the students attention. In fact, it has been said that you have achieved your goal as a teacher/parent when all you have to do is give them THE LOOK! What is YOUR mean look?
    Mine...I have a few, but the most common is the when my very dark eyebrows go down and I freeze my face, with lips slightly protruding. It's best if my glasses are slightly resting on the middle of my nose. The kids stop dead in their tracks.:eek:
     
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    I have one, but can't describe it. I've never given much thought to how I contruct it! All I can say is that I basicly stare the kids down and make them uncomfortable until they quit.
     
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    Mine is more of an eyebrows raised stare. I'll usually be standing with my arms crossed as if to say, "Are you done now?" It works great!
    I think "the look" would probably be different for those who teach different ages. If I worked with the little ones like you do, Grammy, I'd probably have to modify my look to be more intimidating rather than annoyed. The older ones are afraid of my "annoyed" type look I think because they're afraid of what's coming next if they don't stop doing what they're doing!
     
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    Great question, Grammy! Like "Runs" I can't describe my 'look' either-probably a good thing! :D And like Beth, mine involves a raising of my eyebrows! My kids-that is, my more astute ones!-have told me that when they see my left eyebrow go up, it is a warning that someone has crossed the line and that they had better take care!! :D
     
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    Aha! I found you!

    Do any of you have blue/gray/anything but brown eyes? In my experience as an elementary student, those teachers had the scariest looks and could stare down anyone. The one thing you did not want to hear from them when you're in trouble is "Look at me when I'm talking to you!"

    Unfortunately, mine are medium brown.
     
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    Those teachers also used to kind of blend in with the chalkboards, which were mostly that green color. :)
     
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    Mine are blue but I honestly never thought that one colour was more intimidating than another.


    I have whiteboards in my room...now if my eyes were the same colour as those, that would be scary!
     
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    Guilty!! Blue/green!! :D
     
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    I raise one eyebrow when I give my "look". I can't describe the rest of it either...except that it works pretty well. :)
     
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    I have green eyes...very green.
     
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    Mine too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or at least when I teach kids. I used to cross the arms, but last year I just raised the left eyebrow and stared. It didn't do wonders with the grade 7 class I had, though... they were a difficult bunch, and I'm just not too scary like Grammy! Oh, scary in a good way, of course!:D
     
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    Oh, mine are hazel (medium brown?)
    Must be the reason it doesn't work...
    Very green, Grammy...outch! :eek:
     
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    Yea, it's all about the eyes. It took me awhile to get it "right." I used to have a bit of a smirk when I got upset with them and that didn't work at all. Now I give them the 'look" and they say, "all right." Then I smile and say something like, " What were you thinking???!" That's like telling them I still love them.
     
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    I have hazel eyes-green/brownish
     
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    Hey, this is getting scary. I always had a theory about the best teachers having interesting eyes, but now I'm feeling doomed. Like I said, mine are boring brown- not even hazel, not dark, just brown straight.
     
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    Don't get discouraged. My eyes are boring brown too and my "look" works very well. :)
     
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    I don't think I've mastered a mean look yet, but I spent several years as a manager and can be very confrontational (in a professional way, of course) when the need arises.

    I have a phrase that has worked well with my Middle Schoolers, I walk directly up to the offender(s) and with an air of disbelief ask calmy but firmly "what do you think you're doing?" Works like a charm for me.

    Usually I bust up laughing on the drive home :p
     
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    I happen to love all shades of brown eyes...so don't be calling brown eyes boring. They are definately not boring!
     
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    I used to hate it when the teacher would stop the class and ask me to share with the class what I was talking to a friend about or the note that I was reading/passing.
     
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    enseigner, that's funny and something I would do. Sometimes I say, "You have GOT to be kidding me!" They stop immediately!
    Proud2be...That used to happen to me and I also hated it! Our notes were always about boys!
     
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    :D Jane that is a good one. :D

    enseigner, that line is just asking for a fresh response. I am afraid to try it, because I could think of a lot of things that I wouldn't have dared to answer to a teacher but my students would! :rolleyes:
     
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    That's great, Jane!!!
     
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    I don't have a "mean" look, but when my students (pre-k) really disappoint me, I open my eyes wide and stare. Then I say, "that made me really sad," and stare some more. After staring for a few seconds, my eyes start to tear, and they get really scared, because they think I'm about to cry!
     
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    Pre-K is so great...you can say things like, "Oh! I bet you forgot(when they are acting up.) They are so easy to discipline most of the time...and so eager to please. I rarely have to use my "mean" look...it's mostly the "surprised look."
     
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    My pre-k's don't go for any of my looks. Either they behave or they don't, whatever. If you make sense and follow the rules (now how a sub is supposed to learn all those rules is beyond me. I don't even get how the teacher got all those little kids to learn them!) then they'll listen to you, most of the time.
    I actually got an offer to take that class for the remainder of the school year. (about two weeks) I really want it, but I've been having a hard time getting out of bed in the mornings lately so I'm not sure if I should commit. Besides, I still don't know all their rules... ;)
     
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    I don't really have a "look," per se. However, my kids know that things are NOT good if class starts out with the words "we need to talk."
     
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    Aw, Bored, you'd do fine.
     
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    Sometimes I don't even bother with the look. I'll be teaching class, giving notes, whatever, and catch someone horsing around out of the corner of my eye. I'll just betalking "So Henry VIII set up the Church of England because Justin, YOU may stop NOW he was angry the pope refused to give him permission to divorce his wife since she wasn't bearing him sons!"
    without missing a beat. The kids usually laugh about HenryVIII setting up the Church of England because of Justin, Justin is slightly embarrased and so quits whatever he was doing, and life goes on! I love this tactic.
     
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    Another indispensible teaching skill: that sharp-sounding finger snap. Mine is pathetic. What do I do now? No look and no snap... I'm doomed!
     
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    1) cross arms across chest,

    2) raise one eyebrow and hold,

    3) tap foot purposefully.

    repeat until desired effect is achieved.
     
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    as if something so simple would work for me! :rolleyes: the kids laugh when I try things like that. After all, I'm only a sub, (you probably didn't know that yet because you just got here) and if you've been reading our yearbook then you know they think I'm 15!
     
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    perhaps you need a stronger classroom personna in general.....
     
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    what a nice way of saying it doc! ;)
     
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    Just honest.....as a general rule, I'm a pretty quiet, shy person.....but my classroom personna is rather outgoing and definitely in-charge. A lot of successful teaching can be affected by the way you present yourself in the classroom...students respect inner strength and confidence.
     
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    I raise my eyebrows, twitch my mouth, and tap my foot.
     
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    They have meds for that now, you know. (j/k) LOL
     
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    Hardy har har!!! :rolleyes:

    Sounds like a comment my hubby would tell me! Must be in the male genes!:p
     
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    I'm not wearing genes at this very moment......
     
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    Know how you tell a boy chromosome from a girl chromosome?

    (Drum roll...)

    Pull down their genes!

    (Rim shot)
     

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