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Teaching preteens (or how to keep young narcissists from wrecking your classroom)
I have a question for the teachers here: @Jedoc @Oghulk @timspork's ghost @Zonugal
So recently I joined up with a group teaching extra-curricular as an after-school program. These generally are on fun tech topics such as "video game design" or "3d printing" among others. The idea is to expose kids in the 8-12 age range to STEM ideas and concepts in a fun low-key sort of way. Most of the kids want to be there since it's an optional program and parents pay for it outside the public schools, in fact it's often at community centers or religious centers.
So I was surprised when I started my new class this Fall to find out some of the kids didn't want to be there. They were largely disruptive and not the least bit interested in the topic. My first class was a disaster with the few disruptors totally ruining the experience of the other kids in the class who were trying to ignore the shouting, chair flinging, and rough housing. Unfortunately I don't have the option to expel them or ask them to leave the class--their parents paid for them to be there and the class only meets once a week for seven weeks. I'd imagine if I was their regular teacher I could probably develop some kind of daily discipline to keep them under control but since I see them so infrequently I don't have that opportunity.
So what do you guys do to maintain order in your classroom?
Much to my dismay, my daughter recently told me that this is also happening in her 4th grade class. Her teacher is fairly young and it seems like she's been overwhelmed with 4 or 5 troublemakers since school started. My daughter tells me often the entire class is punished for the actions of the few and she's missed out on several fun events at the library because of these problems.
So now I'm just worried, what chance do I have in getting things under control when someone with a degree in teaching can't even do it?