My name is Wintermute and this is Dumbr. Over the past week we have being discussing how to help navigate your child’s decisions in the positive direction.
Simple words/tasks: I base this one off of what I watched a few other teachers do. They would stand there and yell and chant out these long drawn out explanations of what the child was doing wrong. First off, your student doesn’t speak English, second, they are a kid doing wrong so they don’t hear you and could care less. Keep it simple and clean. My most common phrase was “No Touch”. You don’t need to say, “excuse me, will you not grab onto the window bar and open it please”. Just say No Touch, done. I was so shocked to see that the other teachers thought talking to a Korean 6 year old would hold some kind of value and achieve anything, but they did it anyway.
Field Trips: A teacher’s worst nightmare, taking their students out in public with all the other classes, yeah sure, they say they will behave before leaving but we all know the truth. So just how can you keep your kids in check. A healthy combination of military tactics and children songs. We all know the game red light green light; teach it to your students’ day one. It will work wonders, want your kids’ to walk, green light, want them to stop, red light. Now we all know the song 1, 2, Buckle my shoe. Teach that too. Now when you are out with your students have them chant the lyrics, over and over again, have the line leader do the “1,2!” “3,4!” parts and the rest of the students finish. Never had a kid run out of line, they were always attentive and ready for new instructions. The other teachers thought it was funny, but at least I wasn’t yelling at my kids all day and chasing them around nature parks and fields ;)
I hope our discussions during this segment have helped you find ways to deal with your students. Sometimes a little can go a long way, and too much can go unnoticed. As stated earlier there is no perfect method, every child is different along with every classroom, find what works for you and them. Always remember to stay calm and focused, no child is perfect, they want to do well and make you happy. You need to help point them in the right direction.
Please ask questions, I will go through and do another Q and A on all the questions asked throughout this segment.