Challenging Class

Quick Tip: Challenging Class:

There is a very fine line of balance with a challenging class. They need the structure and the discipline but if the atmosphere becomes too negative and harsh and punitive, behaviors will escalate even more. Identify the problem students and work to establish a positive relationship and rapport by showing that you care. Help the students to realize the choices that they make and the positive and negative consequences that result from each choice. They will also need to engage in meaningful reflection during this process both in teacher to student conferences, peer mediation and personal written reflection. To regain the balance start to give the attention to students who are making the right choices. Start to acknowledge the students WHEN they’re making the right choices rather than when they aren’t. Engage your class in classbuilding and teambuilding activities to improve the class culture and get it on the positive track. Specific ideas and examples can be found in the Kagan Classbuilding and Teambuilding books and by video example on edutopia.org or teachingchannel.org. Your challenge will be in maintaining and fostering discipline while reinforcing and building the positive class climate.

 

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