They Are Not Against you!
Care for them
Their Brain Are Still Forming!
Our relationship with students in the classroom and in the school is controlled by us adults! Yes this must be a shocker! The students respond to our actions.
If we treat them like little prisoners, they will live up to our expectations.
If we treat them like a desperate and lost cause, that too we will get back. This is called the Law of attraction in Action. It works every time independently of whether we understand it, agree with it, disagree with it, IT JUST WORKS.
Our mood, tone, body language, words said or not said, DICTATE how our students will respond to us.
Some might say: "I disagree with you, these kids are utterly bad." Well that is how you see them, then they will meet that expectation.
It is not a matter of "I like it" or "I do not like it". It is rather a matter of a paradigm shift as Bob Proctor will call it.
Which is easier? You being IN FULL CONTROL and setting the mood AND AMBIANCE thermostat in the classroom, or you BEING CONTROLLED AND IMPOSED the mood thermostat in the classroom.
I will suggest you be the one controlling.
En plus, the reality is that when little Johnny is being crazily silly and you ask him why, and he said he does not have a clue about what is going on; when he utters these famous words: I duhno", he means it! His behavior is not targeted at you! His brain is still forming! Sometimes we just just have to relax, distress, and laugh! After all this is our profession! It is a serious one but we ought not to be TOO SERIOUS!
OUR MOOD AND TONE AS WE ENCOUNTER OUR STUDENTS IN THE MORNING, SET THE TONE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.
Your students are mold-able little brain who heavily rely on you for this delicate and yet delightful privilege. Enjoy it! Laugh at yourself! Laugh with them! It is your territory! You are in control, the Ruler of that space called classroom.