While I have been trying to defend education, I must post a bit of absurdity. In one of my classes in the school of education, the subject of classroom management arose. Being a group worker, I sat back, eager to hear her discourse on group dynamics and how to intervene. Here's what she said:
"Let's say a student or two are being noisy," she started. "First, give them THE LOOK."
At this point the teacher scowled, her left brow rising ridiculously near her hairline and her lip curling in a manner to do Quasimodo justice.
"If they don't respond to the look, wait a moment and then give them your NEXT LOOK, and say the student's name."
She then gave forth her NEXT LOOK, the eyebrow twisted maniacally, and her face twitching so she looked like a rotweiller ready to pounce. Sweat broke out on her brow and a scent drifted to us. She was actually able to spray pheremones. Cross my heart. You could see them like dust motes in the sunlight.
"Now some students need a bit more," she said. "In that case I recommend walking to that student's desk and usually they will respond to your movement, to your proximity. If you need to, gently touch them on the shoulder for a just a second and say a name. They'll get the message."
At this point I had to go to the restroom. I returned a few minutes later and froze at the doorway. Here's what I saw. The teacher had seperated the classroom into pairs. We were now sitting in couples, facing one another, taking turns with first, THE LOOK, then THE NEXT LOOK. I'm in the doorway watching these adults practicing their stern looks, knitting eyebrows, thrusting out jaws, gnashing teeth.
I did the only thing I could do. I left class and went to dinner. Maybe I missed the next part..maybe it was pull out the tazers and have at em.
Well...I was prepared for alternative education now, let me tell you. Making faces?!! Teaching is easy.