Mar 10, 2009

As Shaq's Tweets Say: AGGGHHH

N walks in & can tell I'm in a bad mood. Usually the first one in, he knows when something's wrong. 5th period probably went horribly, again. He decides to start a conversation anyway:

N: Whattup Mr. G

Me: Nothin' man.. I'm good.

....

I know he knows I'm in a bad mood so I share what's up...

Me: Yo, what would you do if you were the teacher and you got one student, just one student, who's always disruptive. And it messes up the whole class.

N: I'd kick him out.

Me: But he'd come back anyway...

N: Well then, I'd suspend him from my class.

Me: Yeah, but he'll come back in 2 days...

N: I'd probably just fail him, then.

Me: But he's smart, and understands everything, and does all his work.

N: pauses I'll probably call up his parents then.

Me: He has no parents.

N: .... stumped.

I'm stumped too.

5 comments:

Bkcpisme said...

holy smokes mr G.

How about give him a leadership role in the class? It has worked for me in the past to put the rowdy ones in their place. Think the Stanford Prison Study.

Eyawn said...

That's a great idea. I've actually told him before, up front - you're a leader in this class. If you're on, the class is on. If you're not, the class is not. He understands but if I can formalize, yet he still struggles to restrain his misbehavior. Finding a way to formalize his 'leadership' could be the key. I'll let you know how it goes...

Claire said...

If he's smart, understands everything and does all his work, maybe you could give him so much extra "challenge" work that he doesn't have the time or energy to misbehave. He might just be bored or frustrated.

Kristine Dahl said...

Make him an ally and as bkcpisme said, give him leadership roles. My advanced student tolerates my "slower" pace because she's my classroom helper; she even tutors the other students! :)

Miss A said...

i took my trouble maker and started sending her on errands. So almost everyday she goes to do something. So I can teach. She's comes back much calmer.

Now my problem is I have SEVERAL trouble makers during 7th perid and they work my eternal nerve. And I can't send them all out.