By regretsteachinghighschool - 05/11/2013 13:22 - United States - Rochester
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I'm sorry to hear that. All I can say is to pick it up at the next lesson, start over if you need to. Acknowledge the hilarity of the joke, but remind them that they will be tested on this.
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.
*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.
Humor in a lesson is essential. Some of my best classes involved my professors cracking jokes.
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.
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.
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...