I just read your blog entry: Classroom Management, The kids will have their say. I really enjoyed reading it enlightened me on the mistakes I made my first year. My first year was a disaster. My father is a pediatrician and spoke before the city council and the school committee in his town complaining that students were coming to him with stomach problems because of their bathroom policies. So I promised him I would be relaxed about my bathroom policies. Now I realize that was when things went downhill. The next year my bathroom policies became very extensive. Overall I give a couple of sessions in September and that’s it for the rest of the year.
Another mistake I realized after reading your blog was that I didn’t know how to deescalate a situation. Prior to coming to RHS, I taught at a private school where the administration would handle situations if they escalated and students could be expelled. I didn’t have any experience with deescalating situations. I remember watching a reality show called, “Brat Camp” where the counselors would quietly give orders and took a noncombative approach
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