If I’m good from now, will you let me off?
I know I was bad, I know I shouted,
I know I threw that ruler across the room
And I know I called Jamie a prick.
I know I didn’t do as I was told,
But I promise I’ll be good from now,
And if I am,
You’ll cancel that detention, yeah?
I hate dishing out detentions, but it’s made even worse by the fact that teenagers are so bloody emotionally manipulative. I have students in every year group who behave like idiots until you punish them, and then they shut up and think that will reverse the sanction.
I know that it’s all part of a power struggle and they want to show that they have control. I’m not used to the confrontation so I really struggle to hold my own against them.
I am holding my nerve, but some of them are really pushing every button. I was told early on in the year that teaching students (no matter how old) is like puppy training – and it is so true.
I wonder if adults behave like toddlers when they are in the classroom? If not, I might look for a job as a college lecturer.