We have dealt with a few difficult discipline situations recently in our CIA group. The teachers are at their wit’s end. I would like to be able to provide them with a guideline/procedure on how to best handle kids that are hyper and disruptive (sounds pretty much like most kids huh?). I looked at the archives for “Mr. Mark’s Classroom” but could not find what I was looking for. Can you help me out?
Hey Frustrated– I think I have taught some of the same kids!! Wow, they can be such a pain and make you dislike teaching kids all together. I went to the website and had a hard time finding the articles too. I finally went to the search bar and put in “behavior” and found a couple of options.
Here’s what I have discovered in my class on Wednesdays. Kids have been sitting all day and almost no outside play time (that really stinks for kids these days). I have changed my class to mostly moving around and “doing” rather than “sit and listen.” Anytime they could do something physical, they are more engaged in the content of our lesson. So we play games and I narrate/ teach as they make the discoveries.
We practice our Bible verses with relay game and I give them parts of the lesson to do. We act out the
stories. Build or construct something. Almost anything that makes it hands on and movement with large muscle or gross motor skills. At least start that way, then sit down and listen, followed by more doing and moving. Break it up and keep it moving. Avoid long periods of just sitting.
Finally- I would speak straight into the eyes of the child using their name and say, “Listen Dana, I’m tired of your actions in my class (be specific). You are disrespectful toward me and the work I have done to prepare for you and the others. You are a leader, I want you to grow up and act like it. Can you do that? Great, I’m counting on your help.” Then, without pause, turn and go back to teaching. Begin using the child in the classroom and put him in charge of a small group activity and call on him for help. Praise him for good leadership. Compliment him when possible. Say, “I’m so glad you’re in my class.” Kids act better and perform better for teachers they like. This is a sign of a relationship established between the teacher and child.
You can be a child’s friend, and should be, but you are the teacher first. I hope this helps. Pray!