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to the bathroom to flush their face with water and to blow their nose from crying, as well as get a drink of water to help calm themselves down. Another outburst could be from anger. Verbal fights with friends and/or family always occur. That anger can carry over to the classroom, and an innocent statement from a classmate or the teacher can cause that anger to explode. That is when I would calmly ask the student to step just outside the classroom door until I could talk with them. I would get the class started on quiet, independent study. Then, I would go into the hall, close the door so as to keep the conversation with the offending student private, and ask open-ended questions to get to the root of the issue. The goal is to try to get the student to calm down and talk through the issue without making the situation worse. A third aspect of an emotionally safe classroom is addressing conflicts between students. These situations are fragile, and it will be important for the teacher to remain calm without allowing the conflict to escalate to physical violence. One of the most common student conflicts is verbal conflicts. Arguments can escalate quickly, so stopping it immediately will help promote an emotionally safe classroom. If a verbal conflict was to occur in my classroom, I would try to separate the involved parties immediately by sending one student into the hall and the other to the back of the classroom. I would try to reach out to another teacher or administrator to help me to sort out the issue. Receiving support from a colleague will allow us to team up to help calm the situation down without allowing the situation to escalate out of control. I would talk with one
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9 Task #3 of the involved parties, and have my colleague talk to the other. Then, I would talk with my colleague to determine what caused the conflict in the first place. It will be important to not allow uninvolved parties to get involved because I would not want that to catalyze the conflict to get worse. The last aspect of aspect of an emotionally safe classroom is addressing serious behavior problems. This can be viewed as physical aggression or a full-fledged fight. Any physical aggression targeted at any individual in the class will not be tolerated regardless of the type, whether it be a ball of paper thrown at the loner in the class as a form of bullying or a fight. Regarding the lesser end of the scale, the balled-up paper, that is the foundation for bullying to start. The students who tend to be the leaders of the class in terms of provoking their classmates will continue to target their inferior classmates until that student cracks through an emotional outburst of tears, physical self-harm, or physical violence towards their classmates. Bullying, especially physical bullying, will have no place in my classroom and will be exterminated before it can continue and escalate beyond its foundation. Regarding the more extensive end of the
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  • Spring '18
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