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Classroom Management with Tough Students

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Your comments remind me of those written by Michael Linsin fo He also argues that putting tough students on a special plan or giving rewards signals that your expectations for them are lower than for others.

Your approach to the students disarms them because you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. I wonder how long it has been since an adult sat down with those tough students to truly listen to them.

Janet |

NBCT, science educator

One needs to consider....

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Rewards: Not using "rewards" is a great idea yet most teachers "reward" to compensate the statistical disparity of the 100 point grading scale that many educators still use. Most of these rewards are not linked to established learning goals and most reflect non-academic criteria.
Effort: Students will put more effort in achieving learning goals when they see that their efforts are being supported by effective interventions. For instance, would a student put much effort into re-doing an assignment when a teacher will average the old score with the new? Or not allow them to get any grade higher than a C?

Multiple Chances- giving students multiple opportunities to demonstrate understanding is effective yet when grades are due by the end of the quarter you can only provide so many opportunities. Why can't a school year be more fluid?

Failure-Don't like the word much but it is a reality of life. We cannot succeed in all these we do right? In relation to our students we need to reflect deeper and determine if the assessment tool and are practices were effective.

More opportunities to learn goes hand in hand with more opportunities to demonstrate what was learned. Using multifaceted assessments provides students many opportunities to demonstrate understanding.

Teacher trainer and trainer of trainers

Striving for balance

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This is beautiful, Dr. Curwin. Real love communicates. It's the only thing that does. I have a saying, "Love without principle is wishy washy; principle without love is cold and inanimate." We need a balance of both--as teachers and parents and administrators. But if given a choice, err on the side of love. There is also a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson I discovered on a street sign in Northhamton, MA. It reads, "Who you are speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you are saying."

Teacher, Blogger - "Diary of a Public School Teacher", Global Collaborator

They Care that You Care!

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Your post addresses exactly what I wrote about in a recent post! They might not act like it, but they care that you care. Thanks for sharing!
"He's Not the Child He Could Have Been!":

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I think it's so important to

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I think it's so important to pay attention to the words that you speak to children - they are always listening. I really like this: Don't Say "You Failed" - Say "You Haven’t Done It Yet"

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