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|Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within|
|To inquire into what underlies the idea of self-discipline is to uncover serious misconceptions about motivation and personality, controversial assumptions about human nature, and disturbing implications regarding how things are arranged in a classroom or a society.|
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|»||Teaching Children Refusal SkillsLeah Davies|
|»||How to Be ConsistentMarvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
|»||What Side of the Box are YOU On?Kioni Carter|
|»||Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino|
|»||Teacher Study Groups: Taking the “Risk” out of “At-Risk”Bill Page|
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|»||The Heart of Mathematical ThinkingLaura Candler|
|»||Finding Free Art Materials in Your CommunityMarilyn J. Brackney|
|»||The Downside of Good Test ScoresAlan Haskvitz|
|»||February 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne|
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|»||Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IVHank Kellner|
|»||Teacher Performance AssessmentPanamalai R. Guruprasad|
|»||How To Help Victims Of Bullying: Advice For Parents & EducatorsKathy Noll|
|»||Unwilling Student Meets Unwavering Teacher Lauren Romano|
|»||Notes from The JungleJohn Price|
|»||Lead the Class - Teachers as Leaders John Sweeting|
|»||Opposing Views of a Post-Racial SocietyRoland Laird|
|»||Who Really Needs Four Years of Math and Science? Steve A. Davidson|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman|
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Recess for All or Some?
Keep Teaching the Lesson or Stop for One?
Helping Substitute teachers deal with students who misbehave.
Dear Barbara - Advice for Substitute Teachers
by Barbara Pressman
The author of Substitute Teaching from A to Z (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
Regular contributor to the Gazette
February 1, 2009
Recess for All or Some?
How do I manage a situation where I announce to the class that they will be rewarded with a 5 minute recess providing they all behave well.
The majority of the class is on their best behavior, but there are a few students behaving so badly that I do not want to administer any rewards to anyone.
Of course, that means the whole class would suffer because of a few. How should I handle this?
Your scenario is one that happens to subs all the time. By announcing that the class would be rewarded with a 5 minute recess if they all behaved perfectly, you have set a very high standard. There are always a few students who will act out for a sub.
You mentioned that the majority of the class was on their best behavior. They deserve to be rewarded. Find a way to give the class a 5 minute recess, but isolate the few who misbehaved. You can have them stand off to the side, or complete some work, while the others have their well deserved free time.
Students tell us that they feel frustrated and betrayed when a sub allows actions of a few to spoil things for the majority. They will respond with, “That’s not fair.” Be sure to set up a reward system with realistic standards so that you can avoid these problems.