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Posted on September 26, 2012 1:19 pm
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Calina Irion
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Swearing
It was during the last week of my practicum class and I had observed a student throwing a chair in the cafeteria as well as many other teachers that had seen this. I wasn’t sure that if I should approach the student or let a teacher take care of it. I looked up and saw a teacher walking towards the student. Before the teacher got to the student, the lunch bell rang and he headed for the door and left the cafeteria. I then saw the teacher go after the student.

I started to walk back to my classroom and when I got to the top of the stairs, I saw the student and the teacher talking. The teacher told the student that he needed to go see the principal and that she would go with him. He was outraged and started to swear at the teacher. At this point I started to walk over to them because the teacher was a little lady. He then took off down the stairs before I made it to them. I asked her if she needed help and she said she was fine. I then watched them go to the principal’'s office. In this situation, what do you do as a teacher if you were in the exact same situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 3:28 pm

GeJese
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After seeing this student throw a chair against the wall in the cafeteria I would have contacted the office and ask for help. This student is acting very aggressively and by throwing things around is a threat to the safety of others around him. The school will have their own policies and procedures on how to handle this type of situation.
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Jenna Herberson
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He obviously needs help.
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Solution 2
Posted October 15, 2012 8:06 pm

Justin Mortenson
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You are a witness in this scenario. Considering there were only two parties involved in the main conflict, a third party can paint a more accurate picture of the story. I would follow the student and teacher into the principal's office and make sure that this situation is sorted out properly.
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Solution 3
Posted October 4, 2012 4:27 pm

vusyHa
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Depending on the type of school this offense occured in I would have informed the SRO's or behavior specialist about the situation after I found out the student's name. I would do this because of the thrown chair, it is better to let those guys deal with a student that has already shown aggressive behavior.
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Solution 4
Posted October 2, 2012 5:46 pm

guPeRu
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I would offer my guidance to the teacher once the student has left. I would explain that if needed, I would go vouch for her cause. In another perspective, I may not have offered any assistance. If the teacher went after the student and made him responsible for his actions, she is probably more experience and apt to handle these situations than an intern.
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Solution 5
Posted December 9, 2012 7:35 pm

Shankeil Tarver
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As a teacher, if I was in this same situation I would have did the same by escorting this student to the principle office and let her know what was going on. The principle would have then handled the situation from there.
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Solution 6
Posted October 2, 2012 3:10 pm

Ashlyn Eddinger
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If I was put into this situation, I wouldn't have asked the teacher if she needed help because it can make the other teacher feel as though he or she cannot handle the situation. I would have told the teacher that I would go with her to handle this situation. In recent years, some principals have taken the student's word over the teacher's. This is why it is probably better to have both of you there since the two of you witnessed this issue.
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Solution 7
Posted October 2, 2012 3:14 pm

RyruNe
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As a preservice teacher, I know it is not my place to react to a student without first seeking the help of the primary teacher. After making sure we address the student together, I would not have allowed the student to leave the classroom, regardless of the lunch bell ringing or not. As the teacher, you need to have complete control of your classroom at all times and have plans for gaining control should things go awry. I would make sure that there are procedures that my students follow for leaving the classroom when transitioning classes to avoid having students run out the door as soon as the bell rings. Next, I would address the student immediately about the violent act of throwing the chair and that we would be going to the Principal's office right away. If the student felt as though he/she could run away from me, I would seek the help of another teacher or administrative staff to help me gain control and keep the student from running away, and also keep me protected by having a witness in case the student got physical. I would then have all of us walk together to the office and have administration address the violent student and handle his/her punishment.
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Solution 8
Posted October 2, 2012 5:40 pm

Ashlyn Eddinger
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In order to prevent swearing from occurring in the classroom, you should tnot ignore the child's profanity and react calmly. Another option is to teach the student who swears words he can substitute for the swear words. Help him/her find inoffensive words or phrases he can use when he is frustrated or upset. In order to prevent swearing from occurring in the classroom, you should teach the student who swears words he can substitute for the swear words. Help him/her find inoffensive words or phrases he can use when he is frustrated or upset. Also consider a mild consequence. If the swearing persists, inform the student's parents. Arrange a signal to remind the student about his language.
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Solution 9
Posted October 3, 2012 10:11 pm

uGamag
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Since the student had taken off down the stairs before I arrived and no injury was sustained by anyone, I would simply have went to the office to report the incident. There were many other teachers that had witnessed the incident; however, this teacher was the one to approach the student, so obviously she is capable of handling the situation.
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Solution 10
Posted October 5, 2012 9:11 pm

David Corrigan
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I would immediately call the resource officer for assistance. I would also document everything that occurred so I could well prepared for any meeting that will arise from this altercation. The more documentation I can provide during the meeting, the more the parents or guardians will see that this is not just a one time incident.
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Solution 11
Posted October 9, 2012 8:43 am

ynudaq
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I would send a studnet or another teacher to get help from the adminstration. In the mean time I would watch the student and make sure that he is not harming anyone else and he is still insight. I would try to let the student calm down on his own before talking to the student about his inappropiate behavior.
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Solution 12
Posted October 15, 2012 10:22 am

Rachel Ressler
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If I just saw one of my students through a chair and then they started cussing at me, I would simply do the same thing. Teachers can not show intimidation, just because she was smaller than the student it was important for her to be assertive. Yes he through a chair and that may have been scary but teachers are there to not only teach but to help control the students. Teaching studetns that certain behaviors will not be tollorated is important.
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Solution 13
Posted October 16, 2012 12:31 am

BeLyGe
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As an onlooking teacher, you should not jump into the situation but observe and take action outside. More people involved in the situation may cause the student to feel pressured and react even more. Stay in sight so the teacher and the student know you are there in case something harmful should erupt. If I was in this situation I would be sure to remind the student that this behavior is not appropriate and if the student continues to react be sure to make eye contact and be silent. It's a sort of "killing with kindness" reaction. Let the student let their anger out with no reaction. When they are finished politely ask "If they have anything left to say" and then escort them to the office.
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Solution 14
Posted October 2, 2012 3:12 pm

NaZyde
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In this type of situation I would go to help the teacher, and also send two students to the office to ask for assistance. The student could have gotten violent.
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Solution 15
Posted December 8, 2012 10:01 pm

Kristine Morris
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well, usually a principal should be in the area of the cafeteria to keep things under control. However, if they are not around, a teacher has to approach the student like she did. Possibly she could have asked for help from a male student for reinforcement. But this type of situation has to be taken care of because if the student does not have any consequences towards his actions then all students will start to believe that they can act that way.
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ebuquv
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I agree with this comment except the part of involving a male student. In the doing so, the teacher is putting other students in harm's way.
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