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.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.