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Help wanted: Teaching respect/Social change for kids

By Jessica Shyu — September 12, 2007 1 min read

1) What suggestions do you all recommend for a high school class that has issues with negative behaviors. The teacher says the problems are generally instigated by two guys who say they understand the need to learn the material, but don’t care. One of them lives independently. The negative behavior from those two spreads throughout the class so that no one is listening to the teacher and no one is learning.

2) Another teacher has a whole bunch of students in in-school detention. They’re in there for more than two weeks at a time! That’s two weeks of lost instruction! She escorts the students down from the suspension room to attend her class, but the other teachers don’t. As a result, the students spend almost the entire day reading ESPN magazine. She’s looking for alternative reading material and activities that deal with social change, malleable intelligence, etc., for the students to read. Any suggestions?

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