Having been a Middle School teacher for almost 9 months now, it’s time to look back and reflect on what I’ve learned about 7th and 8th graders as I look ahead to next school year.
This brings me to a larger discussion that needs to be had.
How can Middle School teachers...
I contend that we will not be able to accomplish such tasks without discipline in our classrooms and in our buildings. To me, this means having such respect and regard for instructional time that we accept nothing short of our best as educators and our students’ best. This also means that we pick our battles wisely and discern carefully which behaviors deserve an immediate response and which ones warrant a delayed response.
I have committed myself to finishing the current school year with a different approach to addressing student behaviors. Instead of allowing behaviors to derail my instruction and occupy class time, I choose to either address something swiftly and confidently or to table my response and speak with the offending student on his/her time after class ends. So far, this approach is giving me cause to ask myself if a student’s behavior is worth sacrificing instructional time right then and there. I’m finding that in most cases, the answer is “No.”
Through no one’s fault but my own this school year, I’ve made mistakes regarding my approach to addressing student behavior in my classroom. I’ve learned, though, and I will take new knowledge and methods with me into the next school year with my Middle Schoolers.
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