Update (July 28th, 2011): This is a rant, not a list of rules. To see a rough list of “rules” or “guidelines” in an alternative school see my post “Alternative School Classroom Management Techniques.” Feel free to make comments. As a matter of fact, it would be appreciated. It doesn’t take much and it means a lot.
So I just got turned on to a new blog today (Rantingwoman.com). Reading one of her posts reminds me of something I was just thinking of this week at school: my room, my rules.
Each teacher is different and each teacher’s classroom management style is different. Our school’s walls don’t go up to the ceiling, so we can pretty much all hear what is going on in classrooms around us. It’s quite annoying to be honest. But you get used to it I suppose. It definitely serves as a distraction to the students though.
What really ticks me off though is when a fellow teacher feels the need to intrude into my class because of a perceived discipline problem. I am much more laid back than a couple of teachers in the school. I have those things that will get you written up just like they do, but I certainly don’t intrude into their classrooms.
Next year when we move into our new building with walls that go up to the ceiling, I’m going to make a sign that says: “My Room, My Rules.” It won’t be for the students, though they’ll think it’s for them. It will be for the other teachers.
The only reason I say nothing right now is because it’s my first year and because we’re usually in front of students when it happens and it would be inappropriate to do so. However, next year? Different story. And just remember: I’m not a timid 22/23 yr old just entering the work force. Being in the military taught me to wait for the opportunity (hat tip to Sun Tzu and Machiavelli). I’m biding my time. I actually believe when we move into the new building with walls this will cease to happen as much as it does now.