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BANGKOK 15 November 2018 01:35
hydraides

How to manage/deal with this class, ideas?

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I'm new to teaching and find myself in charge of a very problem class......Girls are mostly fine but all the boys cause trouble (Early primary level)

 

I managed to get hired in an international school for my first job, so discipline in the classroom and actually making them learn something is very important.

 

Anyway the boys in the class (5 of them) wind each other up ALL the time, fight. The boys will then become emotional, get angry with each other (Break pencils, cry, storm out of their chair towards the door exit

 

How would you go about dealing with this...... Telling them not to do it is of course not going to work, it just reinforces their behaviour.

 

IF punishments, what type of punishments would you give for this childish emotional behaviour?

 

 

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Yes dosen't really make a difference too much.  They will still talk to each other and their behaviour mode for some reason is by default to make each other as mad as possible......they will turn to each other and say "he is saying.... im a naughty boy.....then they will start crying over it"......

 

honestly its pathetic behaviour for a primary class

 

Today i even had one of the boys get mad/cry because another boy was looking at him......

 

driving me and other teachers insane dealing with this class

 

 

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Bring in a Thai Grandmother (teacher's aide) type as a reminder of purpose and responsibility

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10 hours ago, Rhys said:

Bring in a Thai Grandmother (teacher's aide) type as a reminder of purpose and responsibility

Thanks for reply. Its a good idea but that kind of out my control. My school are already very uptight about spending/giving supplies ......I doubt they will happy to learn they have to spend money to hire a helper because I cannot control the class

 

Does anyone have any ideas which would be in my control

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"Telling them not to do it is of course not going to work, it just reinforces their behavior."

It will if you have any authority. Sit them as far away from each other as possible, punish bad behavior and reward good behavior.

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Give them something to do (not all at once).. Make one of them in charge of something. Or get them to assist you when you're teaching.

I found the really naughty ones act up usually because they've either got major problems at home or they're bored. Some classes I really had to vary teaching methods and make an effort to keep them entertained. They seemed to love competitions and games.

If they're really causing too many problems, is there any advisor you can speak to? Or the director? They may be able to help pull them into line (temporary). 

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Figure rewards for good behavior over punishment for bad. Seems they want some attention besides power. Perhaps brainstorm a rewards system with entire class (girls probably as sick of it as you). Doesn't have to be big reward either. Peer pressure to earn reward may do the trick...

give them some jobs to help out on... handing out papers, whatever. Point is to make it more rewarding to do right thing over current behaviors.

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17 hours ago, CharlieH said:

Have you tried splitting them up ? one to each of the four corners then they cant inter-act with each other.

 

Just a thought.

My teachers would put them right in front of his desk so he coul see/correct them very well.

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Get the parents in. It is the only way. I would videotape them and show how badly the ringleaders are and show the parents.

When the parents are finished with them, I would look at some team-building with either a psychologist or some other expert - it is a private school and the parents or school should have the money.

 

Put the frighteners on the parents - tell them the truth that this kind of behaviour leads to really bad behaviour when they get older and invariably a lot of them will end up in jail or worse!

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In Cambodia they have several places where they put teenagers with big social problems. The programs are run by ex military guys who take no shit from anyone. Sometimes the families become afraid of the teens as they get access to the drug culture and then gangs and guns. We are talking middle-class spoiled kids here.

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33 minutes ago, Proboscis said:

Get the parents in.

1. Likely won't give a flying ...anything. Just get annoyed.

2. The kids will start seeing teacher as an enemy deserving retaliation

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