I have a group of immature freshmen-primarily boys-who have been allowed to travel through school for 8+ years without being held accountable. When I say I have tried everything I can think of, all I can think is I still have failed. Try is that word we use to explain away failures. I am not at a loss since I am still looking for the answer but I am very tired of not being able to teach; of calling home, having great conversations with parents only to then have back-biting students play the “I will be quiet at a cost” game.
Some of these students are bullies-quietly and very obtrusively. Not at my wit’s ends but all of the Jim Fay logic in the world is not even helping-any consequence or attempt to hold this small controlling group of boys has been met with nothing less than a war I do not want to fight in my classroom!
I just want to facilitate learning! Share the joy of discovery! Prime students’ wells of curiosity! Shore up timid students’ confidence and success.
I still have three months of school left–I will keep on working on this problem just like a scientist with a heart; find the pattern and apply an algorithm like a mathematician; look deeply into the soul (mine AND theirs) and inspire the desire to learn now and forever just like a teacher.
Yup, think I will go give it another try!