“Ok, ladies and gentlemen, we need to talk.”
This is how I started each class today. Not a big deal, but my goodness, we needed to talk.
We’ve had this slow slide of positive behaviors and a slow rise in the negative ones. Nothing overt, but rude comments, late work, a general sense of disrespect both for myself and each other.
So, we had a come to Jesus meeting. We talked about the fact they yes, you had a spring break, it just happened to be in January and February. Yes, we’ll be going until June 5, and no, there’s nothing to you do to avoid it. So, you’ve got a choice: come with a positive attitude or come with a negative one. I’ll be here, smiling, teaching, holding you accountable. We talked about how your attitude, the body language you project, your “non-verbal communication” shows your mood and affect the classroom.
Finally, we talked about what I will be doing to work on our classroom climate. We’ll continue to work with our habits, working to “Be Proactive” with our words, “Beginning with the End in Mind” with our actions, and making sure we “Keep First Things First” when think about what outcome we want when being sassy.
I’ve enjoyed this sixth grade immensely. However, they are a group you need to keep on top. I’ve been sick with a head cold the last few days, and have been off my game. As my strength returns, so does my game. Either way, by next Monday, we’ll have 35 days, like it or not, so let’s get our learning on and get stuff done! What else can we do?? 🙂
April 17, 2019 at 5:45 am
You captured that “re-set” moment precisely…good luck with the next 34 days!
April 18, 2019 at 12:54 pm
We will certainly try, this is for certain! 🙂
April 17, 2019 at 7:38 am
Oh no! I’m sure it’s just a few bad apples in the whole bunch! Same with subbing…always 2-3 that just ruin it for everyone else…and they won’t let you just ignore them and focus on the positive, hard working students. Good luck for the next 35 days to be smooth sailing! 🙂
April 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm
Boy, you’d think so, but today, it was one of the “good kids” who erased my whole morning message (written yesterday by students) because the colors “annoyed” her. Seriously?
April 19, 2019 at 7:50 am
Oh my gosh! You just never know, do you? Hope you have a nice Easter weekend!
April 17, 2019 at 9:17 am
Oh I had this very same lecture with mine on Monday! We go until June 4th so I’m in the same basket as you. Teachers have to go until June 13th. (-_-);
April 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Ouch! June 13th? I’m sure there will be quality PD happening!! #sarcasmmodeon
April 18, 2019 at 12:58 pm
April 18, 2019 at 6:41 am
Darin, I’m joining you in your woes today! I believe this happens every year, but I think I block it from my mind…
April 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Exactly. They’ve been pushing buttons, but Tuesday, it was time. #gameon