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Posted on March 2, 2013 12:33 am
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Zafer Unal
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Inappropriate Language in class
In your class, a student calls another student an inappropriate name. This behavior has occurred in the past and it is time to make the contact home. How would you approach this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 6:59 pm

Ashley Dellane
Ashley Dellane
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I would call the parents to inform them of their child's behavior. I would explain that it is reoccurring, and I would ask them if this is a behavior that occurs at or is tolerated at home. I have been keeping track of the behavior, documenting the amount of times the behavior occurs and the dates and times of the occurrences. I have discussed this with his elective teachers, and asked them to keep track of the behavior as well. I have asked the Behavior Specialist to come and observe the class. I have provided the student with consequences for his negative behavior, such as moving his clip and writing an apology letter to the students he directed inappropriate language towards. I will explain to the parents that this behavior is not tolerated in the classroom or the school. I will suggest we have a conference to discuss other possible solutions to this problem. I will tell the parents that having them involved with this situation, might be what their child needs in order to stop the behavior. I will inform them that consequences at home need to be consistent with the consequences in the classroom.
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Edward Gibbs
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I really like this solution and would use this in my classroom. Great job.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 8:33 pm

raWubu
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I agree with this solution. I would use this in my class. I want to get he facts straight before I bring anything to the parent's attention.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:52 pm

Brianne Blowers
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I agree that it is important to have solid facts and information before approaching the parents.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 12:03 am

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Solution 2
Posted April 18, 2013 8:01 pm

yZyDuN
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I would definitely follow through with the consequence if the student was made aware of the repercussions. To every broken rule, there must be a consequence. If the consequence to this particular broken rule was a parent contact, then I would stick to my word and contact the parent. I'd want a conference with the parent and student to get to the root of the problem.
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ypuqum
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I agree with the solution. There needs to be persistance or the teacher loses order.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 6:40 pm

Natisha
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The only way for a teacher to receive respect of there students is by keeping their word. If there are consequences for certain actions, the teacher should follow through.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 12:39 am

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Solution 3
Posted April 25, 2013 10:09 pm

Sandee English
Sandee English
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Since I would have already documented all the incidents and followed through with consequences, I would tell the parents about the behavior, explain my documentation, and how we as a team can help the student express less than favorable thoughts in a different way such as a student-teacher contract or a behavior change program.
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Solution 4
Posted April 25, 2013 5:53 pm

Ms. Montana
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Have a sit down talk with the student to see what may be happening at home with the child. Tell the student that you expect more from him and know they can demonstrate better actions from him. Inform student that you will not tolerate that sort of behavior from him no more. Encourage the student that you expect more from him and know that you shouldn't have to have the parents to get involved. Have student apologize to the student and continue to observe the student and praise student when he makes good behavioral decisions. If the one on one talk didn't improve anything proceed with a phone call or conference with the parents.
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ypuqum
ypuqum
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I do not agree with this solution. The case study states that this has happened before. This is the second offence which needs swifter consequences than a sit down with the student.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 6:42 pm

Natisha
Natisha
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The problem might not be because of his home life. A teacher might not get a positive result with this solution.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 12:37 am

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Solution 5
Posted March 12, 2015 2:56 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I have had this occur frequently, unfortunately. I would email home the first time it happened, and express my concern that the student uses that language toward another student. I would express the fact that if the student continues the behavior, it will result in behavioral consequences.
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