Monday, March 11, 2013
Slice 11: Make it Right
When we send kids out of class, we make extraneous work for teachers. Teachers are asked to send work for students to do in ISS or OSS. The work that we need to send must be assignments that kids can do without help, busy work to keep them quiet. Current classroom practices and research about the brain and learning have required teachers to engage students and abandon lectures and worksheets. With small group instruction and other work where collaboration is key, we are still employing a factory-model in our disciplinary methods. If kids could do the work that we do in class by themselves, they wouldn't need their teachers. What type of work do you send to a a kid who needs to be in your class? Work that they may or may not be able to do by themselves. Work that rarely is sent back to you to grade. Worksheets? How can we better serve the academic needs of kids who are sent out of the classroom to make it right?
Some teachers develop work-arounds such as asking the students to leave ISS to attend their class. Astute teachers avoid escalating situations in which students clearly want to get pushed out of class for behavior issues. One student reported to a school board member that he acted out in class just to get sent out of class, clearly an engagement issue. There is no better drama in high school than the potential for a fight.
What discipline solutions do you employ at your school? How do you ensure the kids who potentially need instruction the most get it even though their behavior is out-of-bounds? How can staff members work together to make it right with our students both academically and behaviorally?