I had a whole different post written for today. It was about how during challenging times it’s good to stop and think about what you’re thankful for.
Remember the last time you suspected a student of something – be it cheating, lying, being mean, or any of the host of offenses we see on a weekly basis. You suspected the student but you weren’t really sure if they did it. Or maybe you thought they did but something just seemed a little off – and you just weren’t certain whether or not you should pursue it.
Managing your class at school is one thing, but keeping control of a less-structured class like Sunday school, a club, or a youth group is a completely different matter.
When I first started teaching there was only one word to describe the start of class – chaos.
The kid who blows up at you when you tell him to stop talking, the girl who is bawling because she failed the test, the boy who forgot his homework for the 3rd time this week – there are so many issues that interrupt our day and what we’re trying to accomplish.
If you’re not using exit slips, you really should try them.
Basically, you give students a quick prompt at the end of class (or for elementary, at the end of the day or the end of a subject). Then the students have just a couple minutes to write an answer and turn it in.
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Before I get too far, let me make one thing crystal clear.
Bullying is wrong.
There are no if‘s, and‘s, or but‘s about it. Kids should not harass, hurt, or make fun of other kids. It’s simply not right.
When it comes to dealing with discipline problems, we teachers have a few different choices…
- We can ignore it.
- We can yell at the student.
- We can give an eloquent lecture.
- We can calmly tell the student to correct their behavior.
- We can assign a consequence and move on.
What do you think? Should Christians worry about politics? Should they vote? Should they call their elected officials over key issues? What about helping candidates campaign? Or even running themselves?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a brand new teacher or are about to retire, I think, deep down, all of us want our students to like us.