I have an announcement. I expect you to remain completely silent until I finish speaking. I will let you know when I have finished.
From now on, there is no hall pass. No one is allowed to leave this room for any reason. From now on, we will not listen to music during journal time. Also, from now on, you are not allowed to get up out of your seat without permission.
I have decided to take away these privileges, not because of any one person, but because of the entire class.
When I ask you to stay in your seat, but you get up, you are telling me no. Every time you speak when I am speaking or when one of your classmates are speaking, you are telling me no. Everytime I ask you to sit in your assigned seat and you don't, you are telling me no.
You are saying, "No Ms. Hipteacher, I will not do what you ask. I will not follow the classroom rules. I will not be a productive member of this classroom. No, I will not be the best student and person I can be."
Every time you get up when I am talking to talk to your friend or throw something away, you tell me no. Every time you touch or hit someone else in this class, you tell me no. Every time you decide not do your journal writing or work on an assignment during class time, you tell me no.
I hear you. I hear you say no. Why should I say yes to you when you say no to me? For now, I am going to say no back. No, you may not go to the bathroom. No, you may not talk. No, you may not get out of your desk.
I want to have a class where people can talk and interact. I want to have a class where I can trust you to act mature and responsible. I hope that, together, we can work towards earning back your privileges.
I know it's the end of the day. I know you want to go home. But this is high school, and you most of you are in the ninth grade. Part of what you learn in school is academic, but the other part is social. You must learn how to behave like responsible, mature students. You must learn self-control and respect.
I will start saying yes when you start saying yes to me. Yes, I will do my work when you ask me. Yes, I will listen to you and my fellow students. Yes, I will follow the class rules. Each of you is more than capable of saying yes. When you do, we work towards earning back your privileges.