It seems like my skunk went over to my neighbour’s yard.
My neighbour was more prepared than I was for the skunk.
He put out a trap for the skunk.
The skunk was caught in the trap.
Now, what do you do with the skunk?
My neighbour’s wife called up a pest control company.
The pest control company said they would come over and open the cage door to let the skunk out.
They charge a lot of money for a service like this.
They said the skunk would come back no matter what you did.
Except for one thing.
You have to think like a skunk and figure out why it’s there in the first place.
It’s looking for food.
Get rid of the skunk’s food source and you get rid of your skunk.
In my case, I need to take care of my lawn and get rid of the grubs.
When you find out the real cause of the problem, you can start to deal with it.
It’s no different in your class.
Students have problems.
Sometimes the problems interfere with their learning and the learning of the class.
Find out your students’ “food source” and you’ll be well on your way to effectively dealing with discipline problems in your class.
How do you find out your students’ “food source”?
It could be a simple matter of taking out all those surveys you did on the first day and first week of school.
It could be a simple matter of talking to them privately.
Or it could simply be a phone call to their parents.
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