No Series: Tough Love: First Day of School

Tough Love: First Day of School

Lesson Objective: Establishing ground rules to manage challenging students
Grades 6-12 / All Subjects / Behavior

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How do you show "tough love" with your challenging students?
  2. Why does Mr. Torn "wrangle" his eyebrows?
  3. What does he emphasize as his ground rules from day one?

51 Comments

  • Private message to Erica Molina

1. Mr. Torn seems to be tough to set who is in charge of the class, but he shows his "tough love" by using his personal life experience of why is doing it.  You are either going to mess up your opportunites or you are going to take advantage and be successful. Be committed enough to be sucessful. 

2. He uses his eyebrows to get his point accross of "yes I'm serious, but understand."

3. Readiness is his emphazies and you can probably get away with being unprepared once but that's it.  He stands by the door to see even by the way you are dressed if you are prepared. 

 

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  • Private message to Trixie Armstrong

This seasoned teacher does a great job of establishing high expectations for compliance as well as that he takes education seriously and thus so should the students. Tough love is shown by having high behavior standards and clear consequences if those behaviors are not followed. Consistency is crucial...across all students but also consistency from day to day. Mr. Torn uses his eyebrows as a way to lighten the tension or weight of the topic being discussed as well as to bring in a little humor. On day one, he emphasizes that HE is in charge of the classroom and there is no question about that. He appears to acknowledge that there are 'reasonable' explanations for lack of compliance at times, but also indicating there is "no reset button" so consequences will still be applicable. Amazing job!

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  • Private message to Regina Jefferson
  1. How do you show "tough love" with your challenging students?

Showing tough love ensures that the students know who is in charge. 

  1. Why does Mr. Torn "wrangle" his eyebrows?

Mr. Torn uses his eyebrows to add humor and lighten the mood. 

  1. What does he emphasize as his ground rules from day one?

Ground rules from day one include: (1) Do what you need to do (2) Ensuring students enter the classroom with a good attitude (3) Listen while any teacher is talking (4) Assigned seating 

 

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  • Private message to Lauren Mullens

 1. I think "tough love" can be expressed in multiple forms; two I can think of off the top of my head would be with discipline and also with assisting with classwork. The main thing about showing tough love though is consistency. If you are consistent in your methods, even the challenging students will understand that you play by the book with everyone.

 2. He does his eyebrows to keep a sense of humor or lightheatedness to what he is saying. A lot of students will not respond to having a "strict-toned" classroom all of the time.

 3. Things I noticed were entering the classroom, seating, and the textbook consquences.

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  • Private message to Lorna Afanador

1.The way of speaking and treating students with an appropriate tone and above all always addressing the challenging student.

2.Well it can be an export movement or the moment that feels frustrated.

3.Emphasizes respect and the correct way of doing things in the classroom and as outside in the hallway

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Transcripts

  • Summary

    Behaviour expert John Bayley visits award-winning teacher David Torn to observe him as he tackles a challenging secondary class, in

    Summary

    Behaviour expert John Bayley visits award-winning teacher David Torn to observe him as he tackles a challenging secondary class, in this short practical classroom-management and pedagogy resource.
    David establishes his authority from the outset, vetting each pupil's appearance as they file through the door, then escorting them personally to their allotted seat.
    The rules are strict and the penalties severe; one warning for forgotten books with detentions thereafter draw groans from the class. But a hint of humour and a revelation from his past explains his exacting standards.
    After 25 minutes of tough love David changes tack and rewards the Year 9 class with some fun. By the end of the lesson, the class has been shocked and intrigued into submission. But will it last?

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