Disrupting Behavior and Homeschool
Teachers expect and demand respect, obedience, order and discipline in their classroom because without these, classroom order collapses. Teachers have no backup, no SWAT team to burst into a chaotic classroom and clean up the problem. If a teacher cannot control the students and must call in an administrator to stop the disruption, the administrator will place the teacher on a list, and if the teacher does not show improvement, the administrator will dismiss the teacher. Alone with twenty-five students knowing that on any day you can lose control, and if you can not regain control, you job and you future in education may end, presents a sense of the reality of teaching year after year. With over 30,000 classes in 31 years of teaching, I say the reality exists.
Does your child report disruptive behavior in their classroom, the halls, the restroom, the cafeteria, the playground, the athletic field, the school bus, on the way to and from the school?
Has a teacher or school administrator reported your child disruptive? Disruptive behaviors such as these:
Moving around the classroom
Disrupting other students and the teacher
Not doing the assigned class work
Late for class
Not participating in the class
Not acting respectful to other students
Not completing homework
Eating in class
Making nonverbal noise
Talking out of turn
Out of seat
Reading other materials
Lack of independent initiative
Disrespecting the teacher
Monopolizing classroom discussions
Using cell phones
Inappropriate or inordinate demands for time and attention
Erratic, irrational behavior
Behavior that disrupts the class
Problems in the gym, cafeteria, halls, restrooms, buses, transfer points, parking lot, school property, athletic fields
What happens if the teacher loses control? What happens if the disruption has moved out of the classroom into the halls and other classrooms? What happens if the disruption is school wide and out of control?
School Disruptions: Tips for Educators and Police
from the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service
What School Staff and Police Should Do
Level I - When disruption is confined to one are and there is no threat to students and staff.
With school staff, the overall policy is containment and removal with minimum interruption of the educational process.
Level 2 - When disruptive forces are able to move freely around the school campus and/or pose a direct threat to members of the school community.
School security officers with appropriate legal status should apprehend disrupters and end disruption. If needed, police assistance should be requested to control and remove disrupters.
Level 3 - When disruption is general, educational processes have ended for most students, and there are serious threats to students and staff. In short, the situation is out of control and cannot be controlled by school personnel alone. Immediately, request police assistance according to pre-existing plans. Generally, the school should be closed. When violations of the law are involved, authority to end disruption should shift from the school administrators to the police officer in charge of the police response.
Should you homeschool? How many of these disruptive behaviors disappear when you homeschool? If you have questions about this decision, call or text me at 239/682-4291 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.