Discipline is not about getting kids to do what you want them to do. That's what dictators do, and you're not a dictator—you're an educator. Discipline is providing an environment in which positive teaching and positive learning can occur simultaneously. Discipline is not control from the outside; it's order from within.
COMING SOON IDEAS!!!
I had this design idea that was suppose to show the mood of people during a year. I sold them out, in festivals, on stores and between people that I know. But know I think it will be an excellent idea to implement it in the class. The idea is to record all the behaviour in a template equals to an electrocardiogram, I will divided by grades and at the end of the class we will decide what will be their position on the cardiogram scale. After 2 or 3 weeks we will see which grade reported better and will get a benefit or a price or a recognition.
After thinking a lot a realise that a good starter is the way to go. So I found some good drama exercises. They have been very useful and students concentrate better when I get their attention.
I have been exploring different games. Specially the ones related to physical effort, memory and concentration. The only problem is that it is taking more time than what I expected. So I will have to improve that.
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All the starters are working pretty well. I GIVE IT A 3.
DRAMA DISCIPLINE MEMES.
I create this activity, after vacations because I decided that it was they perfect time to start all over again. So the activity was basically that students will create discipline memes for the drama class. In which by humor they will be reflecting on their behaviour. It work, it actually work. I am printing them out and pasting them around the classroom as a reminder.
I will give them a 3 for now.
SOME HELPFUL LINKS:
- having plan b. c ,d, e,f,g. seems to be the solution to all.
- DONT ACT like them
- Being a little ... is better than trying to be the nicest.
- Going to rules one more time
- being specific of what a good student is.
- creating our own rules
- when working in groups, always be aware of how the groups are made.
- take a deep breath and carry on
- positive energy changes the dynamics
- asking others is not a mistake.
- Don´t prejudice
- BE CLEAR
- motivation is the key to success
- Interesting topics welcome students to a whole new world
- use the traffic light with all, everyday, every class. Never forget.
- Always be the grown up
- my responsibility is to teach not to make them have a good time.
- focus and concentration
- There is a difference between being nice and being "alcagüeta"
I have this student from 7th grade: Mateo who is really difficult to handle , specially because he is a leader so what ever he thinks and feels the rest will follow him. There was this class where he came to me and we were talking when he told me that there were only one teacher that he actually respect and that is Leonardo the global humanities teacher, so I looked for Leo and told him the situation he was surprised actually he was shocked he never expects to hear this. Then after he celebrated his wonderful success we started talking about it and he told me that he is always very strong with all the students and specially with him, he treats Mateo as he wants to be treated ( as a grown up).
The use of the traffic light:
It has been very difficult for me to use this system. I have to confess that before the last meetings I never used it, because to be honest, I believe that performing arts classes should be more free than the "normal" class. In drama class, children should be able to express and to explore and sometimes while getting into creative stages; students act or react differently than in other classes.
After a couple of months I decided to use it because actually I felt that I felt as a teacher. I gave to much trust to the students and that´s #1 mistake. Know I feel is to late to make a change, but I decided to use the traffic light and specially with 5th and 6th graders works perfectly. I actually made a little change on it: because is a drama class: When yellow: they have to do a reflection but they have to do on the stage and in front of peers, it really has to come from their heart, where the have to convince themselves why and how they can make things better. when red: students will do the reflection but I will record it and I´ll send it to the parents. On the other hand the person who I decide that will write names on the board feels always motivated and that is another strategy to use.
I give this a 2 because I think it only works with 5th , 6 and 7th graders.
Miss Diana`s benefits
She talks about it, students talk about it, even Maria Mercedes talks about it. And what is it? Apparently this disciplinary didactic is working. When students behave in class they are able to spin the wheel of benefits, this benefits are prizes that students can use in their next classes. The room is divided by groups, tables are organize in an specific way so when the group wins the whole table wins, and they are able to spin the wheel and use their benefit. This motivates students and is a good way to keep them under control. How can I apply it into my class?
SHE GIVES THE BENEFITS 3. THEY WORK VERY WELL.
NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK
It is the first, actually the second entrance, and what can I say...: nothing seems to work. Oh God!! Kids are great, but out of control. I know it is me. I am making so many mistakes, maybe being so nice, making not giving clear instructions, maybe the fact that it has been very difficult to prepare my classes because I don´t even know what to follow. Maybe is the classroom ( it is in deed very small). But it is clear that I have to move on, keep moving, finding out what can actually work. But what can I do? lets think:
- talk to other teachers to see how they handle groups.
- Visit some classes.
- create fun classes
IT ALL STARTED
We had a late Wednesday meeting, and Mr Ben suggested to star this journal. To be honest at first I thought: more work. But then I thought it is a great idea. I can know myself better by actually reading my own thoughts. Maybe with this I can learn from my own experience, and hopefully at the end I will laugh reading this first words. Lets take a big picture of my journey in this school so far: I am new, I started 3 months ago, kids are very nice, but sometime they drive me crazy: they do whatever they want. I don´t have the methods to make them really work. Specially with 8th and 9th graders: they don´t like anything and it is very difficult to get their attention. They don´t want to do anything t, sometimes they don´t really care. I already talked to their head of year and to my head of department; they both came to my class and talk to them, but still is not working. I really want to change their lives by showing them something different, I have always believe in art but sometime I don´t believe in my self, it is becoming a huge challenge, and I really need some help.