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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Yo Yo Yo, Open mic in the hizzouse!

Im sorry if I offend anyone, its not intentional but you did say OPEN MIC! So I have this little issue in my 4th block and I've never been faced with this in my life but its really starting to bother me a bit...........

I have an openly gay male student in my class. He is talkative and extremely sassy. He is constantly talking and causing disruption. I have spoken with this kid in the hall before about his disruption and its only gotten somewhat better. On several occasions, I have heard this student talking trash about me (I.E. sexual type nature things) and I have just overlooked it and pretend that I didnt hear it. The other day, I noticed that he was carrying his folder (the kind with the clear cover) and it had a picture of me in it he had printed off a motocross website.

OK, if I could just get him to stop disrupting class I could probably, maybe, overlook the rest. Any ideas on this??? Without starting a gay discrimination war possibly???


steve said...

I think you should deal with this student as you would any other student disrupting class.In my second week of teaching as a new teacher I had a similar problem,I got a new student and the third day he was there I caught him on the computer looking at gay porn.There was no discussion I took him to the office and let them deal with the problem.I was too shocked to worry about reprocussions.He never returned to my classroom.Obviously he had already been in trouble for similar things.

Jessie H said...

I agree with Steve. However, if you think this student might accuse you of discrimination against him because he is gay, then I would recommend confronting this student about his behavior with a third and/or fourth party present-- i.e. a parent, guidance counselor, assistant principal, etc. Restrict your comments to his disruptive behavior, and avoid saying anything about his sexual orientation. Whew! this is really a tough one.

wesley said...

I also agree with Jessie. I think the main thing is to follow protacol. Call parents,talk with student with another teacher or someone from adminitsration. It is our job to control our class;but if someone disrupts it we must take care of the situation.

Perry said...

shane cant help you on this...on the blog anyway...i have never been accused of being politically correct and i dont try to be...the ADA used to always tell me my major fault was saying what i think...heck that was they way i was raised, tell the truth..good, bad, or indifferent always tell the truth...the way i see it, if you do that people always know where they stand with for this blog i think it is best for me to excercise my 5th amendment right...

JaJuan said...

Deal with him as a "female" makes it easy. Ask yourself what would you do if he was a she???? makes things less complicated. "SASSY"...that was such a funny choice of word!!!...LOL...LOL
I've had this exact same problem...and I treat everyone the same...consistency is the key

Victoria said...

"Keep your nose clean" as BOE would say and request a meeting with parents and administration about his disturbances in your classroom. Make sure you are document EVERY time he does something and serve him detention.
Yes, treat him like the others.