going a bit lord of the flies

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Turning inwards on themselves

They thought that it was all on me

But gently pushing sights away

They have no choice but look inside

Let’s just hope the hate won’t tear

Them into shreds all wanting to

Be centre of attention and

The cause of every person’s pain.

So after my tough lesson with thirty fifteen year olds who are slowly starting to hate me, I’ve come to the realisation that I’m just going to have to play around with behaviour management techniques.

In the next lesson I am taking my son’s advice and I’m going to get them to turn the blame on each other. Every time one of them speaks out of turn, I will just stop. The lesson will go incredibly slowly but the nice ones will soon get really fed up with the ones who don’t know when to shut up.

Ironically, we are getting to the end of An Inspector Calls so it makes sense that the students learn to take a bit of collective responsibility for their learning. If one of them decides they are to be disruptive then they will be responsible for slowing the learning for everyone.

I just have to watch that they don’t go all Lord of the Flies on me and start killing each other. If that happens I may just have to slip out of the classroom and pretend that it has nothing to do with me.

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “going a bit lord of the flies

  1. Margot Kinberg

    One sign of maturity is the ability to accept responsibility for one’s actions. It can be awfully hard to do this, and you’re right about teens wanting to turn blame outward. Once they see that their choices have consequences, they’ll learn…

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