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  1. Furthuron

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    I am not a new teacher, but I’m in a new situation. My administration is very lenient. Students laugh in the face of our assistant principal, and my principal is fond of saying things like, “That’s just how 13-year-olds are,” as if physically assaulting people and bringing explosives to school is just part of growing up.

    Last year (first year under this new administration) was my worst year in teaching, and I’m concerned because this next group of kids has caused two teachers to quit at the elementary level. We’re facing more challenging students, and our leadership is almost nonexistent.

    So anyway, tips? How do you maintain a positive, safe, educational classroom when school climate is so low and you feel unsupported? I used to have very few issues with classroom management because I build relationships, but that didn’t work last year.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    Is there any way you can work with your students about leaving the drama and dirt at the door before they enter your classroom? You may not be able to change school culture, but maybe you can make your room a safe space. Perhaps using some PBIS ideas that translate to rewards from you?
     
  4. Furthuron

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    I like this idea. Do you have any specific examples?
     
  5. Always__Learning

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    How often do you call parents? It doesn't work with all parents but if you can use it to your advantage with the parents it does work with, I think it really expands what is possible to manage at the classroom level.
     
  6. Furthuron

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    A lot. Multiple parents a day because we have to make parent contact for each detention. Often the same parents over and over again with no change. I think I just need to schedule more conferences, but after getting cussed out by a parent on the second day of school last year for giving her child a detention, I’m hesitant.
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    Calling some parents helps if the parent is willing to listen and support the efforts of the teacher at home. If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, calling parents will be a waste of time. Where do you think some kids learn their despicable behavior?
     
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    I found some basic ideas here. The main gist of it is that you can create your own Furthuron Classroom Culture. Lead by example and make your intentions transparent.
     
  9. Always__Learning

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    TeacherNY - I did say it doesn't work with all parents. In my experience, about 80% of parents respond in a supportive way when a student is struggling behaviourally. So in my opinion, figuring out which parents will be supportive and working with parents in those instances is worthwhile.
     
  10. Furthuron

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    Very true!
     
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    This is great, thanks! I know I can't entirely change what's going on outside my classroom, but I would like it to be a safe haven.
     
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    Right. You need to find out which parents are willing to work with you.
     

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