Ok,so I’ve been in Taiwan 3+ years and I have never seen such rude and mean kids ever. I consider myself as a humorous and easy going person with a strong sence of fairness and empathy. Getting along with my students has never been a problem,until now.
I have a grade three class from hell. They are definitely not the sweet little grade three’s I have been accustomed to. Bascially it all stems from one girl student in the class which all the other students despise.The class will tease and harrass her to no end disrupting the class.When it’s her turn to speak the students will cut her off and say rude things to her.They make her cry and then laugh at her. One time she came into the class with a black eye. I asked what happend and she said her father beat her because of a test score.The response from the other students was “haha you deserve it.” When I try to mediate their quarls, I will get responses like, “she deserves it, so what, who cares”
I get the class calmed down and try to get on with the lesson. Minutes later more name calling erupts.I try to give them a “do unto other’s” lecture which was a watse of breath.I gave them I set of classroom rules which the Chinese teacher helped to present. It didn’t work.
A few weeks ago I started pulling kids out of the class and taking them to see the principal,which I felt was my last resort.It worked,for the rest of the class anyways. The next day they were back at it again and giving it to me too. “your a bad teacher, we want you fired, we,you blah blah blah.” Now they ignore me when I tell then it’s class time and beak off to me when I give them their homework.
Finally, I had had enough of their spoiled and dispepecful attitudes and ended up giving then a lecture and not in a nice way. It was the first time I ever yelled at my students. I know there are beter ways to deal with this situation other than getting mad,but damned if I know.
Maybe they only way to keep them under control and keep the lesson going is to step out of my element and to be a hard handed teacher.I am more than prepared to do this but would prefer to have good teacher to student relationship.Maybe I should just write this class off and worry about the others.Other than punctuation mistakes,any advice to be offered would be great!