I am constantly amazed at the abilities of some students to make me feel inept and powerless. I have no way to react to students who intentionally try to cause a scene. I hate kicking them out, but that's often the only play I have.
I seem to be unable to defuse situations when students wish them to escalate.
During a demonstration about parallax, I throw a ball to a student who caught it. Then I asked him to close one eye and I threw it again. The idea behind this being that depth perception is both important and automatic.
When I threw the ball the second time, another student called out that "he's used to having something in his eye when he's catching balls."
When I told him that such comments were not appropriate or acceptable in school, he began screaming about how I'm the pervert for "thinking that I meant someone was going to nut in his face."
When I asked him to please clarify his comments, he refused and got louder and louder. I moved his seat and he took his time going, loudly grumbling about how I was being weird and sick. The move of 25 feet took 4 minutes.
All of this occurred after I had to remove a different student for his language and inability to control himself.
|To clarify, the one on the ground is me.|
Since it has been made abundantly clear that the content isn't important, and since I have (possibly) graduating seniors, I'm struggling to figure out what I should be teaching them and why.