I recently saw a post from a frustrated teacher with the following information:
*Very talented kids
*Won’t stop talking
*Leave their seats
*Distract each other
*Ignore procedures like raising your hand
*Don’t come in quietly
*Takes forever to get things done
*They are sensitive
The teacher was thinking about having a “procedure day” to practice the things she’d like to happen but was worried they’d be resentful.
She is searching for a way to make it fun for them but was concerned that perhaps it shouldn’t be fun.
The students are 11 (6th grade).
Here are some thoughts…
1) 6th graders, specifically, need an incredible amount of daily structure that is impeccably planned and executed.
2) Yes. It needs to be fun as much as possible.
2) And finally…people change when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.
…And that doesn’t just apply to students!
So, with those things in mind, I’m going to share what I would advise this teacher to do.