When the going gets tough, teachers get tougher.
I dread Monday mornings. I learned not to expect my class to have a successful Silent Sustained Reading on Monday mornings - for a number of reasons. My class usually learns keyboarding in the computer lab on Monday mornings, but that's getting less and less successful, too. Last week the time that should have been 30 minutes of keyboarding ended up being less than 15, with me spending most of that time straightening out keyboard covers so they couldn't cheat and redirecting kids who were distracted....over and over and over.
I reached for my goal word for the year and took action.
We will no longer go to the lab on Mondays. I will keep that time reserved for my class, but we won't go back until they earn it. They need to learn keyboarding, it's in our curriculum, but not on Monday mornings. I've added a lab time midweek when their attention is usually better focused.
I predict a bit of shock on their parts. I hope for a little positive peer pressure from those who do behave well. If they refuse to pay attention to those misbehaving, it may help. When they can successfully complete a Monday morning keyboarding session, the reward will be Monday morning Free Time in the lab.
It'll take a while, but at least I feel like I've taken action. Stumble It!