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By regretsteachinghighschool / Tuesday 5 November 2013 13:22 / United States - Rochester
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Well if she lets them do it, they will keep doing it and getting louder and more disrespectful, because why pay attention when you can fuck around for an entire class.

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OP and any teacher should not have to bribe their classes. As students they should learn to control themselves. Speaking as a student myself, it is really annoying when a few people disrupt the entire class.

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Don't be such a serious science teacher. Laugh it up and teach at the same time. I had a hilarious physics teacher back in the 8th grade and it's been my favorite science subject sense.

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I am not saying bribe them, but even if they never get a pizza party or candy prizes, including fun class games would never hurt. It makes people remember things better, or for me it did. Sitting in a lecture for hours on end does not always work with high school students. I love teachers who took the time to engage us, have fun, or rewarded us for good behavior. We got to watch movies if we all got A and B's on big tests. It made everyone study harder because no one wanted to be the asshole who made 30 other people miss out on the movie. We got a pizza party for having the best test scores in our grade. We also got candy prizes if we did well. Yeah, bribing the kids might not be Op's way of doing it, but working with your class instead of trying to force your will upon them actually does work in some cases.

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*Police siren* ALERT, ALERT, WE NEED EVERYONE TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES. THIS IS NOT A TEST. THIS IS THE REAL THING. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO GO TO THE HIGHEST PLACE IN YOUR HOMES. HIPSTERS ARE KNOWN TO BURROW UNDERGROUND. PUT ALL ELECTRONICS OLDER THAN TWO YEARS IN A PILE IN YOUR BACKYARD AS THIS WILL SOOTHE THE BEASTS. THIS IS NOT A TEST. I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A TEST.

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I find it easier to remember things if they have something humorous linked to it. My lecturer always makes funny examples of things he lectures us on and almost always the whole class passes well.

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I don't understand why you got bad ratings, someone said the exact same thing a few commends down and is full of love. Seriously, this person is right. Fun yet strict make for an awesome teacher and learning experience. Now, I too shall go drown in thumbs down.

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You should have a bit more humor. But next class assign a pop quiz about what you taught in the class before. My teacher would make a habit of that, and people eventually learned to take the class seriously or lose out on 10% of their grade.

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It worked in my class. But my teacher was very humorous and friendly so no one really minded. She only did the pop quiz as a last resort after three or four warnings. It was an easy A for those of us who paid attention.

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Teachers sometimes need to be a bit Machiavellian to get their jobs done, and done right. A teacher of mine was too nice and most of the class regularly failed his tests.

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If students want a fun teacher then they should behave better. I had a nice teacher with lax homework dates, candy prizes, and fun games. People took advantage and she got pissed. So we got harsh due dates, no extra credit, and no more movies.

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There is a balance but as one person was saying you cannot be all fun. As a professor I can tell you it doesn't work like that. If you make it too fun and joke too much they learn nothing. In the end they will appreciate the teachers that were strict but polite, not the ones that let them goof around and get nothing done.

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I agree. I hated classes without order, where the teacher was more interested in being our friend than our guide. I failed the class because when it came time for midterms the teacher gave us stuff we had never been taught.

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I can see where you are coming from... I'm in school and some of these kids are complete infants and blatantly rude to the teacher. Though OP does need to get a sense of humor it's probably not the first time this has happened and it would be incredibly frustrating to OP who is trying to do their job...

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