Monday, April 22, 2013

TT: Address and Walk Away

The girl with the chip on her shoulder flipped me the middle finger today.  This was as she played with scissors nonchalantly.  She didn't expect me to catch it, but I did.  I addressed it privately and she denied it.  I always address and then walk away.  There's no sense in waiting for understanding when you're not likely to get it.

I then returned to her table twice. The first time, I told her to let it go and move on and the second,  I told her it's much easier to be pleasant. 

Teacher Tip: Address the situation, but don't always wait for acknowledgement or understanding. That way, students see you acknowledging the infraction, but you're not inviting opportunity for a power struggle.

Miss M

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