Diversity Teaching | Blaming the Student
Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series 4.0
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This past week Teacher Magazine ran an impromptu poll identifying “disruptive students” as their biggest classroom management issue in live chat Managing Difficult Classrooms. Surprised guest Principal Robin Weaver responded, “From my perspective, that ‘blames the student’ when we must be the responsible party (as adults) to figure out how to turn it around.”
Rebora posed a follow up discussion question, “How, in your experience, can teachers and school administrators work together to help children with behavioral problems?”
Experience is Priceless
Like so many educational issues children with behavioral problems will never have a cookie cutter solution. In my experience the best thing you can do with classroom behavioral issues are to learn the language of those acting out and then dare to teach it to difficult administrators. I wish it were easier than that.
Becky Norris posted, Day in and day out, I see the same students in different teachers’ classrooms. In one classroom, the student may be an enormous disruption. In another classroom, the same student is quiet but does not participate or engage with the curriculum. In a third classroom, this same student again is engaged, respectful, even enthusiastic.
Halps poignantly wrote, I agree that we really need to start centering schools on the concept of what they exist for — helping the community raise their children. The problem is that they become institutions in themselves, and the bulk of the energy goes to making them better places to work than places to learn.
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