Tag Archives: behaviour management

Sometimes, maybe, possibly some sanctions are necessary?

The Transport Agency has discovered that a purely educational and facilitative approach with some restorative justice perhaps is not adequate for people to do what is required when it comes to WoF inspections. Hence the debacle over having thousands of … Continue reading

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Transport agency failure

“The agency had taken an “education and trust” approach to its role as regulator, offering encouragement and support to those it certified, but rarely clamped down on those who failed to adhere to standards. “There was an emphasis on education rather than … Continue reading

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Students without empathy and respect… who fear no consequences

At Primary and Secondary schools we are seeing an increasing number of students that exhibit little empathy or respect and this is reflected in their language and behavior. A good deal of this has environmental roots ie poverty, abuse, absent … Continue reading

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Maybe I will give them typing to do…

I have a new Year 9 Digital Technologies(DT) class. Recall DT is an elective in New Zealand (at present) – something students (or their parents) choose to do.  Two new students made it quite clear, quite publicly that they did … Continue reading

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Smart Watches in class

Most classes I take now have 2-3 students with a smart watch. I ask students to put their phones away, into their pockets or bags. Not so sure how they put away their smart watches.  I assume these are required to … Continue reading

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Some students become quite skilled at hiding in plain sight…

I took the above photo when bushwalking recently. The butterfly remains well hidden in plain sight. It reminds me of students that manage to hide under the radar, quietly failing. These are the students that are masters of disguise, they … Continue reading

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“F#$% you Mister”

First time ever that a student has said something reasonably offensive to me “F#$% you mister”. Surprised me and the rest of the class. More surprising given I was only relieving the class although I had taught the student in previous … Continue reading

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Teacher off task behaviour

Given my Year 9 students were working on an assessment I decided to impose some teacher off-task behavior on them ie random interruptions, irrelevant questions, an unnecessary field trip to the classroom next door, spot quizes and prizes, most of which had … Continue reading

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It’s in the bag …

So, we are not allowed to confiscate cell phones, even if the student persists in off task behavior and the cell phones are not required for class. You may instruct students to place phones in their bags. However, sometimes even that is not enough … Continue reading

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Filling the power vacuum

Many of the year 10’s are assuming the role of seniors with years 11, 12 and 13’s out on study leave.  Students are arriving to school in mufti (often with notes from parents). For some reason I found the above … Continue reading

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