Challenging students

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  1. Mh27

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    hi ,
    I am a first year preschool teacher with a few very challenging students. They refuse to join group lessons, leave for ancillary, or do their workstations. They constantly disrupt the class and take stuff of the shelves and make huge messes that I have to clean up . The administrators complained about them not participating and refusing to join the group . I have contacted their parents by phone , held a conference, and implemented a reward and consequence system . There is also the issue of me being a different ethnicity than my students according to the principal and the other teachers . Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    Be consistent with enforcement of classroom rules and procedures. When students step of line I always follow up with them and remind them about classroom expectations and the consequences for not meeting them. If they continue to be defiant, then I give them an immediate consequence. I let them know that if they waste my time, then they will lose their time after class and I indicate just how much I can have them do. If they think they have it bad in the moment, then wait until they have detention with me for 1 hour after school. This makes them shape up real quickly because if a student misses detention at my school they receive an additional detention on top of that and if they don’t fulfill their duties in said detention, they then have to redo it.

    Also, I don’t ever make them write lines because they resent it and see writing as punishment. Instead, I always explain why the rules are in place and that they are disrupting other student’s learning. Further, I make it known that they will have loss of privileges (not being able to go on field trips or to sports rallies, etc, etc) in addition to receiving detention or administrative action against them.

    We don’t mess around at my school.
     
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    These are good suggestions however pre-k doesn’t have detention or any after school punishment. I can take recess time , classroom points , and call parents . If I have to send them out to the office , the administrators bring them back fairly quickly . There are no real consequences , honestly . The same students always act up everyday with no improvement.
     
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    They are harder to reason with . I was told to put them on an individual behavior plan , bribe them with small rewards , and take away privileges.(class jobs etc.)
     
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    Constantly get on the students, rearrange their seats so they are isolated from their more disruptive peers (that is, situate them in between a bunch of students who behave), make them work during their recess, use other students to model appropriate behavior (e.g., “Thank you Sally for raising your hand and not speaking until your are called on! Great job!”), use proximity so stay close to them when addressing the class, limit what they can touch by having them sit somewhere where there are fewer items for them to grasp, etc.
     

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