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Check out this video and watch how this teacher deals with the problem.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/rowdyclassroom.html

I'll go ahead and put in my two cents. He's let the kids know that they've pissed him off and they're using it. You can't let the kids see you lose your temper.

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Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:30 pm
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Wow, this reminds me of a teacher I had for Health/PE back in 5-8 grade. This teacher would often fly off the handle, his face got real red, his muscles twitched and he started yelling. The class clowns simply ate this up and would egg him on more. He had a bad habit of actually throwing things (there has to be a law against this). He threw chalk, he broke about 5 pieces of chalk a day, books to the ground, once he threw a chair. One day he threw a book at a student and hit the students desk and the student, I'll call him D, threw it right back. Needless to say, D was grabbed and roughly escorted to the principal's office while the rest of the class wondered what the appropriate course of action ought to be. This is the truth, I couldn't make it up.

I truly don't know how to handle this. Hopefully I will foster an environment in my classroom that will keep events like this one from ever happening. Mutual respect between teacher and student is necessary. We have to remember, our students are people, not products. A lot of teachers forget that.

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Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:01 pm
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Wow Rodney, thanks for going the extra mile and putting that clip on here. I think that you made a really valid point when you said that you can't let kids see that you've lost your temper. It is so true. As the teacher, you have to remain in control of the situation because no matter what happens, you are the adult. Two wrongs don't make a right, especially when the problem is between a student and a teacher.

That video is a great example of bad teachers that we have all had at some point. It is one of those situations where you are trying not to laugh, but when the teacher is acting like that, its pretty hard not to. :shock: :roll: :lol: :( 8) :oops: :x :wink:

In conclusion, stay in control, and do not give students a reason to loose their respect for you as a teacher.

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Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:39 pm
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I'm going to agree with Kelly on that one, kudos to Rodney for posting that. I think we've all had a teacher like that at some point in our school careers. Isn't it ironic that he kicked what seemed to be the only black kid in class out? This teacher was mistaken in thinking that he could gain respect from fear and yelling at the students but it was painfully obvious that he wasn't respected. In fact the only way he could have any semblence of control was to call a higher administrator or kick a kid out of class. Kicking someone out of class is something that I feel is the worst possible action a teacher can take because you tell the class and that student that they're not worth your time or attention and that you can't handle them. You also remove them from the classroom environment and they miss out on educational opportunities. I also feel like this particular teacher didn't have a sense of humor. I think if you have a sense of humor the students will appreciate it and it will gain you more respect.

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I agree with everyone else, what the teacher did was wrong. Kicking a student out will only make things worse, and it's also the easy way out. Now that student who probably already has many problems of his own has to deal with one more, and he is taken out of his learning environment. What's the purpose of school if you go to detention? You can't possibly learn anything there and it's just a vicious cycle. When you come back in the classroom the teacher is going to be cold to you because he/she is "mad" at you for acting up, and you will lose opportunities one after another. This happened to many people I knew all throughout my schooling, and we all remember who the "bad" kids were, and most of them didn't go very far, some didn't even graduate from high school. Their entire life could've changed if one teacher would have made a difference and stepped up to HELP the student instead of throw them out. I have some very strong feelings about this sort of thing.

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Thank you Rodney for that interesting clip. That teacher really shows what not to do in a similar situation. Everyone is right when they wrote that you can't let a student see you go over the deep end. That only increases the bad behavior. Gaining respect from students is sometimes hard to do depending on the situation. Sometimes you have to ignore bad behavior and sometimes you have to address it.

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