We all remember the days where we had to read books from school in order to pass our exams. Personally I hated reading and thought it was a waste of time. For me at that time, life wasn’t very complicated: Went to school, played video games, played with my friends, watched TV and tadaaa it was bedtime again. When we get older, things unfortunately are becoming more complicated. One might do the same things as an adult, instead of “going to school”, one now is “going to work”. Difference is that you certainly reflect more of your actions now, than you did when you were young. A habit, which is accompanied with aging. Every life has it’s ups-and-downs and almost everybody had to deal once or more with a broken heart, a dirty business trick or got into a conflict with a loved one.
The head teacher and teachers in his school have been great to work with as they’ve listened and taken advice. They’ve done their best to put the advice into action and that’s why they’ve seen improvements in the child’s behaviour. They’ve made good progress in taking control away from this child and asserting their authority. Is he happy about it? No of course he isn’t but he’s got to learn to accept the new regime!
In college, time management skills can save you a lot of trouble and headaches. Some students are fortunate enough to have teachers teaching them time management. But for some, they have to go through difficult times and learn it the hard way.
STAY THE COURSE. Be sure to implement policies with consistency. If you say you are going to call a student’s parents, keep her after school, or send her to speak with the assistant principal, then do just that. Exercising policies with consistency will add a level of predictability, thus making students feel safe, informed, and fairly treated.
You don’t need any fancy operating hardware to make this possible, just a stable internet connection. You can depend on the online Student management system software to do the rest.
AIM HIGH. You know the sayings: Start tough. Don’t smile until Christmas. It’s easier to get easier. However it is worded, holding your students to high standards is key. Assume every student can adhere to behavior expectations. When students do not, follow up as outlined in your classroom’s and your school’s handbook. Do not waver and do not begin by cutting brakes. Doing either of these things will undermine both the school’s protocol and your authority as a facilitator.
Parents: Sadly, parents themselves are to blame for a portion of student stress. It is well known that students, as they get older, seek greater degrees of independence from their parents. This is necessary if they are to become mature adults. At the same time, the struggle can causes great distress on both sides of the equation. If you want success from efforts at stress management for students, you will need to shine a spotlight on the eustress of the parent/student relationship.
I agree that this level of responsibility is a tough pill to swallow. Everyone decides who goes into your class. Other people choose the high stake test content. There are variables and circumstances out of your control every day. To make it worse, you can be a content expert but suck at classroom management and your students will miss a great opportunity to learn from you. The bottom line, you cannot blame students. As a teacher you have to figure out a way to reach ’em and teach ’em.