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Case Study in Educational Discipline

In Ms. Brown's seventh-grade English class, she has a problem with Sarah, Jessica, and Samantha. They seem to feel that they should be able to talk at their convenience during class time. Ms. Brown allows time for activities where students can talk since she is very aware of this need among junior high students. Therefore, she feels that these activities provide the students with the opportunity to freely talk and believes that those activities should discourage students' desire to talk at other times. Ms. Brown spoke to all three girls, and they assured her that they would not disrupt class again with their talking. After two days, the girls reverted to their previous behavior.

Answer the following questions.
1. Is this an example of disruptive or nondisruptive behavior?
2. What has Ms. Brown done to help her reach a solution?
3. What are some logical steps Ms. Brown should follow?
4. What actions would be counterproductive?
5. What would you do?

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1. I deem this as an example of disruptive behavior. Because the girls' incessant talking is off task, disrupts Ms. Brown's lesson, thus impacting other kids' learning as well as the girls' own, I think it must be stopped.

2. Ms. Brown spoke to all three girls as one step to reach a solution. When she reiterated how she provides ...

Solution Summary

Case study in discipline is briefly presented.