discipline (was doink ....... pin dropped)
- Leslie wrote:
>I'm having major discipline problems with my 14 yearHello Leslie,
>olds, particularly the boys.....This is the first time I've taught
>this age >group......
>..How do you discipline.....Other advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
I'll throw in my own 2 cents' worth, based on my experiences with the
17 & 18 year olds that I've been teaching for the last year & a half:
I have found that if used in the right measure (very subjective, I
know..), you can use peer pressure to bear on a few of these
trouble-makers, especially if you are having trouble with more than a
few at a time. One class I had was really a pain with handing
homework in, on time.
After a week of very sporadic cooperation (combined with a general
feeling of exhausted patience), and with numerous excuses for why
they didn't 'remember'-I finally decided to ask (by raised hands)
.."Who hasn't brought their homework in today?" After I've already
made sure who is, or isn't, ready to turn these assignments in, I
then instruct those students who don't have their homework ready, to
stand up (at this point, everyone is very puzzled and wondering what
I then explained that I was tired of many students wasting the time
of the teacher, and more importantly, the time and efforts of those
students who were doing their homework, as assigned. I reminded the
class that they were lucky to have a foreign teacher, in the first
place, and that it was a shame that a few students were ruining
things for the rest who really appreciated this, and really wanted to
learn. Of course, in China, the students are used to standing while
being addressed by the teacher, or when answering a question
(something which I discourage right at the start of my courses with
I tell them that because we have to stop and lose valuable class time
for this disruption, that they must now apologize to me for having to
repeat these instructions over and over again (by now it is just a
silly game to them anyway). And then I direct them to turn to the
rest of the class and, one student at a time, apologize to their
fellow students (the ones who have done their homework assignments,
are still seated).
Number one, it gets everyone's attention, and quickly embarrasses the
offenders, in front of the rest of the students, who also get the
point, in case they wanted to join the bandwagon. I saw a very big
improvement in the behavior (and the timeliness of finished homework)
from that point on. Of course, this won't help much on those days
when most of them are just simply uninterested, but that's another
problem I will be working on for some time to come!
This may not work for everyone (and I'm sure you couldn't get away
with this in the States, with those particular sets of discipline
problems!), but it seemed to work with a sizeable number of students
in that class (in China)! I hope this helps?!!