I have been teaching, assisting in the instruction of children for coming up on 25 years within the next year or two. I have noticed a tangible serious change in BEHAVIOR in my ~classroom~ in that time.
Silence... once "easily" enough obtained 20, (even 15 years ago), literally now cannot be achieved. Sitting still and "eyes on me" looks like a pinball game of bodies and heads, bodies spinning endlessly. Among the Pre-K groups (maybe understandable, maybe) going all the way through to college students!
Literally brief instruction (under 60 seconds) is not possible. without someone talking and frankly not caring in the least... and often literally not "understanding" the problem with doing so. Again the little kids maybe you could justify that behavior, but week after week, they fully know the rules, using RED-YELLOW-GREEN. (Basic behavior mod 101)
But the college students (8 X literally cannot, will not shut up and find nothing wrong with talking during instruction like their younger counterparts!
So my obscene monologue aside (my apologies), what behavior(s) are you forced to tolerate at some level in your classes? As a martial arts teacher, one would think they might be "afraid" of the consequences... push ups, sitting out, rote repetition of some "boring" technique, any number of invented/completely meritless fears (eg...he'll kill us... he'll beat us...)...
Their assorted behaviors I am confident sound familiar to one or two of you, make my sugars soar, and inwardly cringe. Safe and controlled (in most respects), lessons get taught but these behaviors definately interfere. What role do ~their behaviors~ play, interfere with what you are teaching?
Anybody else have their sugars rise when you teach because of such behaviors?
Stuart (Feeling like the character of the Chief Inspector in a Pink Panter Movie after Cluseau drove him insane)