Reflection: Rules and Consequences Using Present Participles to Add Detail - Section 2: Present Participle Sentence Play


If you listen carefully to the student examples, you'll notice that a few of them are not school appropriate (a reference to alcohol being the most obvious). This happens with high school students--they push limits. How we react impacts relationships and future behavior.

I could have stopped the class as soon as I heard the sentence and "made an example" of the student in question. I could have asked him to step out for a chat. I did neither; I waited.

I find that confronting inappropriate behavior and comments with an audience (the whole class, in this case) is not productive. Students become defensive and sometimes feel a need to "show off." I wait and nab 'em when they no longer expect it--quiet seat time.

My usual approach is to pull up a nearby chair, putting us on the same eye-level. This is a respect move--I show that I still respect them rather than lurking above them in a threatening manner (this is especially important for volatile students). Then, we chat.

"I noticed you [whatever the student did]. Why?" Typical response: I don't know.

"Well, was it appropriate for our classroom?" Typical response: probably not and an uncomfortable squirm.

From here, I can choose to act based on how severe the infraction was and how apologetic the student seems. First time offender? Warning is enough. Repeat offender? We get to spend extra time together. Serious infraction? Office receives a write-up. Whichever route I take, I do so without a raised voice and let it go immediately. There's no sense in hanging on to frustration for someone else's behavior.

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Using Present Participles to Add Detail

Unit 1: Persuasive Writing
Lesson 12 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to use present participles to add extra detail to their writing by completing a sentence play.

Big Idea: Writing intently, students add detail to their sentences with present participles.

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