To copy my dearest idol Sophie, I am going to share another short post on a success from the other day.
Yesterday one student said to me,
Ms. P, at first I didn’t see you as a real teacher but then you asserted yourself and now I really respect you.
Well thanks K-man, that made a huge difference in my day. What’s awesome is I already knew that they had changed their attitudes towards me before students started saying nice things such as hellos, goodbyes, and can I help hand out those papers. In this case, I really needed to show them that I was a serious teacher.
In my teacher education program I was told to use tactics such as holding students after the bell as a last resort. In this situation I let them drive me crazy for about month and finally took some serious actions and it was a necessary evil – I’m grateful I did it (maybe I should’ve done it sooner!). Sometimes students need to see serious consequences for their actions and holding the whole class accountable also makes them tell each other to shut up before I even have to say anything now too!