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Sometimes they’re also quite funny and being able to share with students as they get older (and better behaved) can be touching as they often balk at their tenacity.As one ex-student wrote when I said he’d verify that I used this system: [email protected]_masrur “Yhup, she did!Protests would continue a while but after 5 minutes most would fall silent and surrender.
Obviously it didn’t work overnight for everyone, some kids found their way into detentions more than once in a row, some sporadically popped up over the years.
But when you hear a kid say “Don’t do that or she’ll make you write from that book thing” then you know that the behaviour work is now being done for you and you can worry almost exclusively about the learning.
Three amazing (and unexpected) things happened from this process: First, the initial question on the sheet asked pupils to write why they were in detention.
I reckon about 60% of kids said something different to the reason why I had put them on detention. As someone who prided myself on being a clear communicator I found this disheartening, and was always glad of an opportunity to put students right on the reason for a detention as, in the heat of being told off, it does seem that students stop hearing or we stop explaining clearly – maybe a bit of both.
The school I was in required my filling in a triplicate detention sheet: giving one to the child, one to the form tutor and one to the school receptionist.
To manage this I did batches each evening based on lists I gathered throughout the day.
The kids – probably thinking it best that no-one saw the mess they had made of me – had turned the lights off as they left. Simply because it’s after school they don’t suddenly become perfect human beings, in fact if they’re annoyed about the detention they can become downright unpleasant.
Worst of all, if you have several children on detention at once (or several- of them as was often the case for me) then they will delight in whining, deriding and generally scoring points for how obnoxious they can be in front of one another.
When I first started teaching I cried at least once per week for three months straight.
One day a teacher even found me sobbing on my classroom floor in the pitch black at 3.30pm. Like some kind of value-brand Michelle Pfeiffer, I was hell-bent on winning the behaviour stakes though, unlike Pfeiffer’s character, I didn’t know any karate. Unfortunately what no-one tells you about detentions is that (a) getting naughty students to turn up requires you to possess the cunning of a diamond theft, and (b) once the detention you now have to spend A WHOLE HOUR with the children who are most annoying.