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Advice - Classroom management for pull out students
Old 10-24-2018, 03:58 PM
 
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Hello,

I have 9 pull out students for an ESL class. All of them are at various levels of English acquisition and all of them are first language Japanese speakers. I came into the school mid year (believe it or not, I work in Japan and the school year started in March but I started in August) and so they got used to not being pulled out for English. Also because of how English is taught (each student reading the same on grade level book and answering comprehension questions, so the students don`t have an accurate view as to their own level.

Not that I think kids should be down on themselves or think themselves to be low, but the teachers themselves are of the opinion that they don`t want to test the students`reading levels because they don`t want the kids comparing each other (fair) and they also want all the kids to feel themselves to be capable. O...k...but many kids are FAR from reading the book The Sheep Pig for instance but because the parents already purchased it, I`m forced to teach it and students are forced to read it. I`m expected to follow the teachers`lead and it`s frustrating because the kids are used to doing things a certain way but as a reading specialist I know it`s not best.

The students (boys) in the class are also often none too helpful with their behaviour. I`ve asked for advice but haven`t gotten very far. It`s just that when you have high concentrations of behaviour relative to the class size, and low English to boot and kids who are used to things being done a certain way, you can run into some issues.

I`m NOT making excuses, but this is to explain the situation a little bit. There`s a sofa in the room which doesn`t exactly help, but many of these students are also not too keen to listen. We are also a restorative justice school so consequences like less recess for misbehaviour is not really something I can (unless I`m using that time to talk with them, but I`ve been told that certain students resent having their recess taken away so try to avoid doing it). *sigh* I know recess is important and I don`t want to take it away, but I kind of feel stuck because I`ve created rules with them, address the rules, have talked with many of them several times and have introduced myself. I try to be positive when I can. I don`t know why they aren`t responding to me in a way that shows more listening skills. I KNOW that all of you don`t know the whole situation but this is honestly my first time being a subject teacher who sees the kids only one period per day, which is more than many subject teachers I know. It`s also my first time joining a school mind year and I`m just trying to figure out how best to approach what may soon become a train wreck if I don`t get it under control.

Thank you.


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Old 10-31-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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This sounds so frustrating because you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. How important is the job to you? I only ask because I think you already have the ideas to make things work (recess benefits, possible couch removal, differentiated instruction, etc.) but it sounds like you're afraid to put your ideas to work. If you are ok with moving on if they don't like your teaching methods I'd say go for it. You need to work in an environment that matches your belief system.
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