I’ve gone through several phases of discipline this year: Laurie’s evil smile as I conjure appropriate consequences; the evil bunny/horse, who sits on someone and results in a story-writing; and now I’ve added a timed five-minute period after which there is a plus or not (for some reward). I’m not really going to talk about all that except to say that I’m finding that I don’t stick to anything, but now that I have several great responses, I can use any of them or all of them on a given day with a given class. There is no one-fits-all for me with classes that range from seventh-graders to seniors.
Here’s what happened yesterday though. My first-year HS kids were responding really well to the timer. (A girl kept stealing the evil horse and braiding its mane, and thus I couldn’t keep track of who had the writing duty.) My advanced kids needed just the evil smile. And I had the best day ever with my seventh-graders and a serious return to the rules under the timer. I was feeling downright giddy about the story we told (about a principal, who is going to visit today to see the class in action…wish me luck! I invited her!) and the way the class responded in a hearty boom to every statement and question. “Effective teaching,” I thought afterward. “Perfect story.”
As I was recounting this triumph to my husband, I realized that my big-time blurter and a bounce-off-the-wall kid were both missing yesterday. Darn!! The difference was not me!