I am an English Language Instructional Coach at a high school with a high number of ELLs (40%), Due to not meeting our NCLB API, our entire district is now in program improvement. This means that our strugglers now have 3 periods of English and 2 of math (with PE thrown in to burn off energy).
A fabulous veteran algebra teacher came to me in utter frustration. She said that in her double period math class, she can not get the class to behave. This is a teacher with a solid track record who has had one to one conferences with each student in the class, called home numerous times to explain to parents that their kids are not taking school seriously, has contacted our classroom management coach on numerous occasions to be told what she already knew (and the suggestions were ineffective), had the AP of discipline come more than once to the class, has assigned detention (less than half show up), etc. I mention all the strategies she has tried to date to show that she is at wit's end.
I come to the classroom 2.0 to see if anyone has some suggestions for this teacher. These same kids have intervention English also where behavior is an issue as well. If you know of some approaches that have worked for you or others, would you be willing to share?