I meet teachers in FE who bemoan the lack of instant ‘disciplinary’ processes such as detention or temporary exclusion.
In college, while it’s important that students toe the line behaviourally (after all, it’s what we expect in society is it not?) I believe it’s also essential to use all other options available before getting down and dirty with the punishment.
Why do I think this? By the time a person reaches 16 and enters college, and if their conduct is not quite the ticket, they will have been punished many times already. Did it work? Probably not. So the classroom-hater on your course is not going to change unless they have a different experience.
Sometimes if a student is hard to teach, is playing the fool, shouting out, refusing to work, the emotion which rises in me is “HOW DARE YOU”. But should it pierce the surface and explode in front of...
Questions taken from a training day, these were specifically discussed during an activity and solutions from each group were offered.
Are late to class with a grand entrance?
Talk over each other and me
If you want to create change in others, it's important to recognise how to go about it. I recall a student who, after repeated requests, refused to comply with an instruction. His simple answer was "if you want a different answer, you need to ask a different question". Now while that might seem rude and (for some) unacceptable, at least he was giving his teacher an opportunity to gain an outcome which didn't prolong the confrontation. Is that the solution?
I know some of you will roll your eyes to the ceiling and set your pencil alight with the heat of your fury. But what are these games that we play with our hard-to-teach students at college? Here's a script plus the subliminal message:
Teacher "I knew you'd forget your pen/boots/manners (I'm the winner)."
Student "I didn't forget it, I didn't think I'd need it today (No, you're...
For many colleges, lateness and poor attendance among students is an issue. It's always useful to know how other colleges deal with this.
In recent years, a group of colleges in Bristol took action with hard-core poor attenders. A working party was created, students were brought together in groups during tutorial time. After recording their activities, this is what they recommend:
In Part 1 your heart should have been warming to the social issues faced by the youth of today. Here's a follow up, which you might like to think about when you're at home with a teen in your life.
Tips to try at home
Although you may not recognise it, your teenager will look to you for positive responses to their negativity. Better still, make it easy for your teenager to do the right thing and therefore please you. Here are some tips.