A lesson in respect?
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|Sat, 08-23-2008 - 9:33am|
I have a particular class this year that has already proved to be a challenge. It's a small class made up of mainly girls, and because of the "brilliant" scheduling ideas of our guidance counselor, nearly all the kids in this particular class are either identified or low in reading ability/comprehension skills. The ability levels aren't the issue. I can work with it, but it's the behavior that is causing me trouble.
To make matters worse, many of these girls are friends and they are what we now call "mean girls." They tell one another to shut up, are generally rude to one another and when I call them on it, they say it's all in fun, they're friends and they all know they're joking. My number one rule in my class is that everyone treats one another with respect, both in physical action and in words. I spoke with them at length on Wednesday that this type of behavior has no place in my classroom, and they did for one day, but they started in again at the end of class yesterday.
I'm completely at a loss at how to get these girls to stop acting this way at least in my class. Had our counselor done a better job of distributing students in this section and another, it wouldn't be such an issue.