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Another day, another adventure…

It’s quite interesting how much one class can vary from another at the same level. I teach two classes of 4-6 year olds at the same level of English. One of them is on-site at English First, the other is off-site at a local school.

The on-site kids are a delight. They will do anything in their power to make the teacher happy. They are as well-behaved as a 6 year old can be. They’re a joy to teach.

The off-site kids are… not. There are a couple who are as delightful as can be, but most of the class could care less. And there are 4 or 5 who are terrors. Kicking, punching, stealing things, throwing things (at each other and at me), and so on.

My standard form of discipline at this off-site class is to put the kid in the big walk-in closet for a few minutes, basically just time-out. The threat alone normally works quite well, and I’ve only had to actually put someone in time-out two or three times since I started. The last time, it was a little girl who had been kicking people and writing on the chalkboard with a crayon (a joy to clean up, let me tell you). When I put her in the closet, she threw a tantrum. Kicking chairs, screaming, and banging on the door.

The problem was, somewhere in her tantrum she inadvertently hit the deadbolt lock on the door. So when I went to let her out, the door was locked. In the 15 minutes it took to successfully explain to a screaming and terrified Chinese 6-year-old how to open the door, we managed to completely derail 2 classrooms. The rest of that class was pretty much a loss.

-Sam

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  1. Mean Aunt Pat | December 12, 2006 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Do you have a little Chinese, and she a little English? Did somebody else help explain it to her? Don’t mind me, I just can’t help wondering.

  2. eosha | December 12, 2006 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    She didn’t have anywhere near enough english for me to explain it. Nor could my pantomimes get the idea across to the other students, who might then tell her. I had to go get our Chinese TA from the other room, explain it to HER, then have her tell the poor girl. Every step was troublesome.

    -Sam

  3. Mean Aunt Pat | December 16, 2006 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    What a day! I hope your subsequent classes have gone better.

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