Cheers/Jeers For Teacher's Verbal Smackdown

""Y'all don't do that in here," he roars at the two boys. "Trust me, we can take it to the grass. Trust me, it's been that kind of Tuesday. You're too young and life's too short for y'all to be selling out for that kind of nonsense. This ain't no Crip, Blood kind of nonsense."

No one seems to know when or where this was taken, but this classroom video of a teacher breaking up a fight brewing in his classroom has been going around the Internets this week.  What do you think?  Seems like a pretty risky approach to take, but it seems to have worked and what do I know.


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  • Definitely cheers - this is what many teachers are confronted with every single day, only this near-altercation was relatively mild.

  • Way to go

    Give that man a cigar. He did everything right ,nobody got hit and he
    stepped up to protect HIS classroom. Well done.

  • Hard to believe this is "making the rounds" - seems pretty tame compared to many CPS classrooms. He handled it just like I would have; you have to stop it before it escalates. Pretty routine classroom management.

  • While it's different than I would have dealt with it, he certainly gets the job done without kicking a kid out or having a physical altercation in class. I do wonder how the students were able to get face to face and start jawing without his immediate intervention. I've had plenty of situations like this working in CPS and while I would caution him against challenging a student to a fight the end result is what you're looking for.

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    Think it shows the gap between policymakers and even other teachers from different environments and many CPS teachers. I have worked in many situations where there was no backup if things got out of control. I'm sure there are many monday morning quarterbacks who would second guess how I handled it, but at the end, my students were taken from a very tenuous situation to being safe, not imprisoned or suspended, and learned something. I'd say that that's probably a better day than most could produce in that situation.

    I wouldn't have handled it that way. But I would have handled it, and rather than criticize let's make the system less dysfunctional.

  • Also, no one was suspended for a week to two weeks.

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    He handled it quickly and got their focus back. He prevented anything physical and obviously had their respect or they wouldn't have responded so well to him. He simply spoke in their language which helped them hear him better. I didn't hear any cussing or anything obscene. Fabulous job! There was also a lesson thrown in there about how the fighting doesn't solve anything, to use words.

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    Cheers, definitely cheers. Wish all those policymakers out there and all the people attacking teachers understood just how common that sort of thing is. In fact, it was a pretty tame altercation. That teacher stepped up to teach the important lesson "not in my classroom". Wish people everywhere would step up to teach the societal lesson "not anywhere." But we are society of violence which inevitably bleeds into our schools.

  • We are in need of more African American men teaching in our classrooms. oh, wait--we like 'em in jail.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Grow up. People want people in jail who did something that deserves being in jail. Yeah, I want to pay like $20Kper year to support someone in jail who should not be there? You're nuts.

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    In reply to Anonymous:

    Well, you aren't getting what you are asking for, and you sure aren't getting what you pay for--rehabilitation. So maybe focus some of this aggression at the policymakers and prison profiteers instead of the internets?

    But be careful--they might lock you up :D

  • Love that guy. Yes, we do need more AA males in our classrooms. And I bet this guy would have no sympathy for the offenders no matter their color. I'd love to send him a thank you for showing the public what we teachers experience everyday! He's the MAN!!

  • There is a disproportionate amount of African American men in jail for lessor crimes that for white males. And more who have been proven innocent while serving in prison. CA now spends more money on prisons than higher ed. You are ignorant.

  • I do not think that poster is ignorant. Maybe just tired of excuses?

    signed: former leftist who is broke and tired of paying for so many on disability, the new dodge after welfare. You sound like an enabler. And that is ignorant.

  • It is, as he said, the beginning of the year. Contrary to what many new, young or well-meaning teachers do at the outset, he has drawn the line on extreme behavior from jump street. I do not foresee him having these kinds of outbursts and subsequently, this level of slapdown as the year goes on. When students realize that disagreements have to be presented and worked out at a normal tone, the raised voices will be fewer and farther between.
    He did what had to be done to get these children's attention and going forward, has created the space to model the behavior he does want from children in his classroom.
    Glad the general public got an opportunity to see what it takes just to get to level the ground and preserve the educational workspace on a ::daily:: basis.
    Stressed out parents, please take note. Your children are bringing more of that stress than you realize to the classroom. Please, please, please find an adult to be your sounding board for your fears and worries. It is our fondest hope that 'kids are resilient', but do you really want to them to become inured to this level of drama on a regular basis? It doesn't foster resiliency, it fosters PTSD.
    God bless.

  • Apparently administrators have started evaluations early this year rather than wait until the spring. I imagine it must have something to do with the big meeting last week. Any one know why the big push so early in the year?

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