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  •  we have a dress code (3+ / 0-)

    which on occasion the principal will suspend on a Friday

    we have a stepped series of discipline, which include detention after school, requiring to come to Saturday school (to get academic help), spending all or part of the day in "in-school" and finally out of school suspension and expulsion.

    It is a balancing act -  at what point does a student become too disruptive or demanding of attention that it detracts from the learning opportunity for other children.

    We have some students with real emotional control issues, so we have lines that they understand that they are not supposed to cross without there being a consequence.

    I have taught students with ankle monitors at my previous school.

    We have a messaging system so that we do not have to stop everything we are doing to get assistance with a disruptive student

    and students who continually disrupt are putting themselves in jeopardy - since we are a public charter, we can send them back to their regular public school, which most do not want.

    We try to teach them how to get positive attention instead of only seeking attention by negative and disruptive behavior.

    It is an ongoing process.

    I do not have easy answers.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:12:56 PM PST

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    •  I have few answers as well. (0+ / 0-)

      We have nowhere to remand bad actors...unless they commit a felony, which is seldom, of course...then they go to a Juvenile Justice School.  And so they are with us regardless...and if their behavior is bad enough...but not felonious...they are with us even longer.

      We can't seem to use detention, at lunch, after school, or on weekends as we are a secure facility.  We do have an ISS room...but that situation is, and always has been, just slightly ridiculous.

      Yes, we do try to stay positive...and we do have some really nice kids that just put a foot wrong and are sentenced to 30 days with us.  They just wanna go home!

      And then we have rival gangs that fight in some schools...and so they send all of the fighters over to our little school that handles about 125 students comfortably.  Crowd them all together in confined quarters.  Cool, huh?

      Such is the state of education in some parts of Texas.

      There has to be a better way...but I can't imagine what it would be.  At this point the only thing that even marginally works with the worst of the worst are rolling suspensions.  This sucks, but what else can you do.

      This sounds like a terrible place, I know, but I love what I do...when I get to, you know, actually teach...and when I can get one or more to come back from the Dark Side.

      I am a 67 year old teacher...teaching computer applications in a Texas high school. I've already retired once but it didn't take.

      by 43yearsateacher on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 04:46:03 PM PST

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