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Minor Epiphany

I had this realization after walking by another teacher’s classroom during a conference period:

I’ve never changed a students behavior or attitude by yelling at them.

Well, not in a positive fashion, at least.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. dan | May 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    No, but sometimes it makes you feel better and the rest of the class runs better.

  2. JackieB | May 12, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Dan, what do you mean by run better? Quieter? I’ve found that most students shut down when yelling occurs.

    And I usually feel worse when I do resort to yelling. (which I try not to do)

  3. Mr. K | May 12, 2008 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    It has happened that, when I’ve got a really good class that I’ve never had to negatively discipline (of which i’ve had all of about 3 or 4) that when they finally do have a bad day, and Ii raise my voice, they snap back into line.

    They still don’t learn as well as if I’d found another way to pull them back.

    I’m happy to say that I was at about a month and a half of no yelling when I wrote this post, and I’m still yell free.