Most parents are rational, reasonable, and respectful, but it’s those high maintenance ones that every teacher dreads. And the situation seems to be worsening each year.
The current thinking on discipline is preemptive, rather than reactive. Change how you run your classroom, experts suggest, and discipline issues will no longer be a problem.
These days there is an increased demand—and need—for therapy or service dogs in the classroom. But one of the problems with dogs at school is a lack of national standards.
Far from being a safe haven, schools can be a danger zone, especially for students walking amongst the crush of cars and buses that converge at drop-off and pick-up times.
Most people tend to assume that my students are capable of less-than-stellar academic performances because they have complicated lives outside school.