How Are Bullies Like Struggling Readers?
Last week one of my student's took $20 that wasn't hers. El Molestador and a buddy have been tormenting The Scowler. Baby Face continues his generally antisocial behavior. I have done my best to create a classroom based on clear expectations, consequences and rewards. But in spite of my efforts, it seems like my students are making the same mistakes over and over again.
Why is this? I've had countless conversations with these students and the whole class about what respect should look like. I've had conversations with their parents. They've had reflection time, been placed on individual behavior charts, and lost whatever privileges I can take away (choice time, computer time...). Regardless of what interventions or consequences I put in place for these kids, there doesn't seem to be a change.
I'm wondering what else I can do at this point. At a certain point, I need more support from the parents. If the parents are unwilling to put real consequences in place at home, or just outright unavailable, it definitely makes my work harder. But if I'm going to take responsibility for kids' academic growth, regardless of parental involvement, the same must hold true for their social and emotional growth. So, just like I've done with my kids still struggling to read or subtract, I'll have to think of new interventions for my kids struggling to treat others with respect.