Keep Your Eyes on Paperclips and Batteries

Concerning discipline and keeping the classroom safe, I find it important to stay as calm as possible. It seems some students feel it is their job to stress out the teacher. That’s how they “win” for the day. This was very apparent when I taught in the juvenile facility. I was called more names in the first ten minutes on my first day than I have been called in all my years teaching the adult inmates.  The juveniles were also expert at leaving little drawings on my desk.  These usually involved cartoons of me and one of the inmates.  I won’t go into detail, except to say they were shockingly pornographic and insulting to me.  One day, a similar drawing was drawn with pencil, three feet high, on the back wall of the classroom.
Read More »