Umm...it's not about "allowing" - it isn't like the young lady asked for permission. She just got up. Now remember Ish is watching the rest of the class - unless she was ignoring the rest of the class and literally standing right next to the student, there is no issue about "letting" her get up out of her seat. In the end, it really is about allowing. If you establish a zero tolerance rule from day one and stay consistent, then you are preventing it, not just "not allowing" it. I will get ragged on for being too simplistic, but watch the Dog Whisperer, very insightful. The dogs quickly learn who the alpha dog is and respect him. People are very social too and a brain evolved to be social WANTS rules and boundaries and will test them to find where they are. Once they know where they, they usually conform. Sociopaths are an exception that can't be dealt with logically. Sometimes you get those. I made her move back to her seat, after warning them to stop talking three times AFTER warning 3 times. That demonstrates weakness. Sounds like the United Nations "If you don't give up you nukes, we will send you a very angry letter!" That won't do it. This is really the same thing...Gotta follow through. After she got up the first time, isolate herBeing strong, being in command is not being mean. It is mean to let kids think they can get away with stuff and disruption others.I have always wondered, if you gave your students the opportunity to establish a "Learner's bill of rights" on the first day of class, would they surprise with the content? Would they actually come up with rules that create a good learning environment? And if they did, would they help enforce them with peer pressure, thus making the teacher's job easier? I have always wanted to see that experiment. Would be fun in a civics/history class dealing with the constitution. Make them all sign it and post it on the wall for the year.
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