I am a public school teacher and have several students who are oppositional and defiant and several other students who are very emotionally needy, which makes my classroom of 22 very challenging with behavior. Even the paraprofessional who works in my classroom gave up with trying to discipline and maintain order prior to her going on maternity leave. The substitute paraprofessional has been working with children for over 30 years, which means she is very old school with discipline and she too has given up with this classroom. I am under a tremedous amount of stress due to the MANY, MANY behavioral problems in the classroom. I have tried many different strategies, contacting parents, verbal redirection, positive reinforcement, punitive and natural consequences without success. Now I am being targeted and blamed for all the behavioral problems. Do you have any effective suggestions? I have taught for 10 years, help!Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 9:33 AM on Feb. 7, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Answer by mamadita at 9:38 AM on Feb. 7, 2009
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Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 9:57 AM on Feb. 7, 2009
aww.. You know every year it seems there is what we parents refer to as "that class" .
My son was in it his 6th grade year. He felt so bad for the teacher as he was retiring that year. My son would tell me he felt bad that his teacher was retiring with that as his last memory.
When you have your board meeting and in service days I hope that you are talking about this issue... You need to be vocal about what is going on, strategizing and asking for fellow teacher support.
You are not the first teacher that has been in this situation. The administration is well aware of that.
Answer by 3gr8tKids at 10:42 AM on Feb. 7, 2009
YOU need lots of prayer and hear are some good books we use Tough Love .... Let the children know you love them but be firm in discipline It is not easy. .. http://www.ask.com/web?q=Tough+Love+by+James+Dobson&qsrc=6&o=8101&l=dir
Answer by yovonna at 2:34 PM on Feb. 7, 2009
As a mom of a special needs child, I would love to share some techniques that have worked wonders both at home and in the classroom. My son went from throwing desks and hating life to being a well adjusted loving child who is a teacher's dream student. Most of these kids do like structure, rules and schedules. It makes them feel safe.It is how your present them that makes the difference. Talk to them at their eye level in a calm voice. Smile it makes them wonder why you are smiling. Rewards are a great tool. Be consistent. Don't give them more attention than absolutely necessary for bad behavior. Praise praise praise good behavior.
PM me if you would like some specifics. Good Luck and thanks for asking.
Answer by CelticFaerie at 4:43 PM on Feb. 7, 2009
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