3rd blog post in a row? My oh my!! Here’s the thing, I just could not not share (is that correct??Yup!) what happened today and of course ask you what you think. Today’s ‘hot’ topic is……… (drum roll…. which is not necessary if you have read my title- don’t look at it now!!)….’ disciplining’ adult learners.
So, I teach kids/ teenagers and adults. ‘Disciplining’ a kid is easy.
Tell em to write 100 times
I will never do that again (haha… as if…).
Or even better
Tell the kid to stand in the corner ,hop up and down for an hour.
Explain rules at the beginning of the year.
Get them to write up/ sign a teacher- student contract (maybe?) with what is acceptable/ not acceptable
Reward good behaviour with stickers (again an if-y topic)
Talk to the kid and say what you do not find acceptable/ unacceptable.
Talk to the parent if the kid still misbehaves in your class aka is a little terrorist.
Bottom line folks. A teacher has got to do whatever he/ she can in order to be able to carry out a lesson without having to deal with bad classroom behaviour/ rudeness etc. etc.
Now you may ask,
What do you consider bad behaviour?
Checking their phone 24/7 during the lesson ( I don’t mind phones in class FYI).
Talking on the phone during the lesson.
Nervous laughter that does not stop.
Joke telling (24/7).
Making fun of me/ other kids.
Chewing gum (like a goat) in my class.
Oh! I also hate it when my students wear hats in class… but I guess that’s just me…..
Now, what happens when your learner is a CEO of a super duper company, older than you and has an opinion? Well, if you are like me, a pushover, you are screwed (oops… bad word). You endure and look at the clock.
I was teaching a big boss and the big boss was chewing gum throughout the lesson. And OK ,gum may not be a big deal if done in a ‘polite’ manner aka silently, but when you are using a headset and sound is magnified the chewing is….. soooooooooooooo bad. But on the other hand, I was teaching the Big Boss, and I am an employee who does not want to piss off the big boss, so I shut up and just had the most annoying lesson!
So, do you think I should have told my learner to spit out his gum? Isn’t it like an unwritten classroom rule to not chew gum during the class? Am I supposed to play bad cop when teaching adults? Talk about classroom etiquette? What would you have done? What can you do? Remember it’s online. Not even face to face. Plus it was the 1st time it happened.
Did I not say anything because of gender? Work relationship (cause technically he is paying me)? Was it age? Was I being polite and trying not to offend him? If this was a kid, the gum would have been gone in like 5 secs.
Anyway, that’s today’s story and sure it isn’t like the biggest problem ever but it did get me wondering.
Should I have spoken up for all teachers or was a right to let it go (for today) and just wait for the chewing torture to end?
Chomp chomp in my ears for 45 mins……..at least he didn’t make a bubble……
Please let me know what you think…..