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Old 04-29-2019, 09:58 PM
 
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The school I am at is in a rougher area of town and some parents are absent from these kids lives
I'd say that's the root of the problem, in a lot of cases

I've definitely seen most of those things (or some form of them). Dealing with them is rough. Currently I have a pretty great kinder class. Two who are defiant, but we're 1/4 of the way through the school year here and their behaviour is definitely improving. It's been a couple years since I've had a really tough group.

I feel like it's a bit tricky to give tips because there are so many different ages and behaviours mentioned, and I'm not sure what your context is. Are you a class teacher? A sub? A specialist?

I believe in positive reinforcement, along with relationship building and logical, consistent consequences. If I heard one of my students ran away from another teacher during recess, I'd be having them write a little apology note and if it happened again, they'd be having to stay close to the classroom for the next few recesses, until I could trust them respond well to other teachers. (I don't like taking recess, but we have a sandpit and small play area right outside my room that they would have to stick to. They hate that as most of them prefer to play with the bigger kids on the oval)

If one of the kids was being rude/defiant when I was on bus duty, I would follow up with their classroom teacher. I think when you don't have a relationship with a kid, it's harder to know what is an appropriate consequence. I'd also want to know if it was one of my students. I'm a big believer in backing up other teachers.

A few of the things you mentioned, on the other hand, are straight up bullying. Those things definitely need to be reported to higher ups. The gum incident is awful

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I don't remember kids acting like that when I was their age, but then again I could have been blind to it.
I don't remember it either! My community was pretty small and tight-knit, though, and I don't remember any poverty.
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