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  •  the situation you (1+ / 0-)
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    describe is so unpleasant, destructive, and unnecessary. I'm very sorry to hear what your students and you are experiencing.

    I am seeing this on a much smaller scale -- certainly no physical abuse -- at my school, and it's discouraging. Why would a teacher think a student would be able to learn in an environment of contempt and screaming? Yet I am seeing that over and over. Domination, humiliation -- where's the "research-base" for THOSE practices?

    Sadly, this school has the test scores to prove these methods aren't effective. Which is why "more structure" (read: "more yelling!)" will probably be recommended.

    •  The term "structure", like the term "discipline", (2+ / 0-)
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      is IMHO misunderstood by many.

      The teachers with the best discipline and structure establish protocol and procedure early. They spend time during the first 2-3 weeks working out the details so that the children know and understand the expectations.

      Teachers will visit our first grade classrooms and they are amazed that during center time the little ones are working independently. More than that, they can explain what they are doing and why. The teacher moves about the room quietly assisting those who need help. No yelling. The visitors will ask how can this be. I assure them that it is magic.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 11:21:38 AM PST

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        I have seen peaceful, productive classrooms where the children know the routines -- and love them, especially in the younger grades, because predictability is very soothing to many at that age. The ownership can be seen in their body language: relaxed, content, and focused as they work. I especially like classrooms where they are allowed to talk to peers while they work.

        "Structure" can a proxy for "harshness," unfortunately, in some settings. It's permission to divorce from the child emotionally and to see him/her as a collection of bothersome behaviors which you are empowered to extinguish.

        I am very happy to see that you have visitors to your classrooms, especially skeptical ones. The more people see that it can be done, I hope the more it WILL be done.

        I hope you are kidding about the magic comment! Seriously, the people who are amazed to see children working well and happily need explicit instruction on how to achieve that, so please don't further mystify it for them ! :)

        •  I am a bit irreverent (0+ / 0-)

          Visitors to our school are very aware that our staff works hard, and the "miracles" and "magic" are products of that hard work.

          I am definitely a cheerleader for our crew, a flaw in the eyes of my former boss.

          A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

          by slatsg on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:34:33 PM PST

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