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Posts Made By: Fenwick
Board: The VENT 06-04-2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Consider definition of bullying: Bullying is an...

Consider definition of bullying: Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social...
Board: The VENT 05-31-2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
In order to find out what they can get away with...

In order to find out what they can get away with students test boundaries. Since nothing happens as a result of chronic tardies students know there is no boundary; do as you please. Generally,...
Board: BusyBoard 05-28-2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Fenwick
Students need a reason or incentive to answer...

Students need a reason or incentive to answer their question, “Why should I?” With best intentions, a teacher can provide an incentive for not working. If I know I can stare out the window during the...
Board: The VENT 04-14-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
Egregious as this sounds it is never a good plan...

Egregious as this sounds it is never a good plan to act on second-hand information. The para may be exactly correct, but you will never know for sure until you talk directly with the teacher/para...
Board: The VENT 04-09-2022, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By Fenwick
"You do not lead by hitting people over the head...

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that's assault, not leadership."— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Board: Substitute Teachers 03-15-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
What are the “contracted hours” for subs in your...

What are the “contracted hours” for subs in your district? Most districts contract subs to stay 15 minutes passed dismissal or until the day’s notes are finished for the regular teacher, whichever...
Board: The VENT 03-13-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
Beware. Half the human race is below average....

Beware. Half the human race is below average. This includes parents at your school. For every squeaky wheel that shows up at your office there is a set of Michelins that don’t. These are the parents...
Board: The VENT 03-03-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Fenwick
Out of Sight - Out of Mind

This is why administrators should be required to teach in classrooms during the school year. At one school I taught at the principal took over your class and taught a lesson once each semester. She...
Board: The VENT 02-26-2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
It’s tough to deal with behavior when you don’t...

It’s tough to deal with behavior when you don’t know about it. The idea students would try something in spite of one’s physical presence is not a big problem unless it becomes chronic. A rare event,...
Board: Substitute Teachers 11-20-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Your effectiveness as a disciplinarian will be...

Your effectiveness as a disciplinarian will be determined by whatever you allow. This means any rule or procedure you announce, go over, teach review or practice is not reality as far as students...
Board: The VENT 11-16-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By Fenwick
Anyone can miss a meeting start time on a rare...

Anyone can miss a meeting start time on a rare occasion, but when it becomes chronic (“consistently”) it should fall in the lap of the person charged with meeting implementation, i.e., the principal....
Board: The VENT 10-27-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 22
 
Posted By Fenwick
Preventing this type of thing form happening (as...

Preventing this type of thing form happening (as opposed to reacting) I agree with crucian regarding not grading hw due to the fact a teacher never knows for sure who did the hw - student, parent,...
Board: The VENT 10-26-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 22
 
Posted By Fenwick
Can you explain more about “… her mother’s...

Can you explain more about “… her mother’s attempts to regrade her assignment.” ?
Board: The VENT 10-09-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Fenwick
Take a look at Fred Jones’ Turning Problem...

Take a look at Fred Jones’ Turning Problem Students Around in his work, Tools For Teaching. Jones lays out the foundation for PAT (Preferred Activity Time) and discusses it’s strengths and misuse....
Board: The VENT 09-23-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Fenwick
Too bad he seems overly concerned with the...

Too bad he seems overly concerned with the content of instruction versus the process of instruction. A trained Ad’ looks for teaching skills. An untrained Ad’ doesn’t know what to look for or is too...
Board: BusyBoard 09-23-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Fenwick
A colleague used an “aquarium” theme. He hung...

A colleague used an “aquarium” theme. He hung fish, crustaceans, kelp and other ocean stuff which kids made as projects. Entering the room, one had the feeling you were inside an aquarium looking up...
Board: Classroom Management 09-18-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Fenwick
Yes. A disruption is a disruption no matter the...

Yes. A disruption is a disruption no matter the kind. Something to think about: Teachers of the best run classrooms are very proactive. Instead putting a lot of time into reactive management or...
Board: The VENT 09-15-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Fenwick
Is Larry popular with peers; have any friends? I...

Is Larry popular with peers; have any friends? I ask because one of the strongest motivators is the peer group. Often students will do things for their classmates they would never do for an adult. I...
Board: The VENT 08-28-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 23
 
Posted By Fenwick
Letter On The Desk

Consider Letter On The Desk. On school letter head paper and envelope type the following form letter (or similar):

Date ______ Time ______ Class________________

Dear...
Board: The VENT 08-24-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Fenwick
In my district the Student Handbook in section...

In my district the Student Handbook in section School Discipline; subheading Teacher Suspension From Class lists the reasons a teacher may suspend a student from class. One of the reasons states: ...
Board: Classroom Management 08-23-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Fenwick
Be wary of making it an unintended incentive....

Be wary of making it an unintended incentive. That is, if students perceive it as a “cool” place some will abuse the intervention just to get out of work. Consider it a neutral place - not flashy...
Board: The VENT 08-15-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By Fenwick
I scheduled an after school conference with...

I scheduled an after school conference with parent of a student who was using habitual profanity. I had tried intervention A,B and C to no avail. Afternoon of conference I was sitting at my desk...
Board: Physical Education 08-03-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Fenwick
Focus Activity

Consider bell work or some type of focusing activity that is a matter of routine. Specifically, a self-directed activity students do every time they enter the room. Perhaps something like Mum (Silent...
Board: The VENT 07-07-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By Fenwick
Research and common sense dictate students learn...

Research and common sense dictate students learn more when they are engaged in the teacher’s lesson as opposed to doing something else. My money says students playing with toys are doing something...
Board: The VENT 07-05-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Fenwick
Most students this age don’t relate to test...

Most students this age don’t relate to test scores, grades, promotion or things coming down the road. They live in the moment. About five minutes on a good day is reality. Do you have to give the...



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