Are any of you teachers? As a teacher, it is your responsibility to keep classroom discipline. Different teachers choose to discipline their students in different ways.
I’m not a normal teacher, I don’t teach children, I don’t teach all subjects. I don’t have classes of 25 students. I don’t have teach Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 2:30. I don’t have a summer vacation. But I am a teacher. And hopefully a good one.
I teach English as a second language to adult students from several different countries. My students typically range from ages 17-55 (although I do have one 14 year old right now). And I love it.
But no matter what kind of teacher you are, you need to develop rules for your classroom. Our school has a strict “no cellphones” policy and a strict “English only” policy. But I’m kind of a pushover. So a couple of weeks ago after getting frustrated that I had a group of students speaking not only off topic but in Spanish, I decided something needed to be done about it. I wanted my students to decide the punishment for speaking another language in class, I figured it would help them keep the rules if they helped decide what would happen if they didn’t.
Together we decided that if someone speaks a language other than English in class, whether its one word, or a sentence; each time they do they get 1 point. A student with 5 points has to bring treats to share for the class. The points clear out every 2 weeks after we have a test.
This last week I had a couple students with 4 points, but lucky for them none of them got 5. It was also the last day of class for two other students so I decided to bring cookies to them. To say good bye and to congratulate the others for not getting 5 points. If you know me I love having the excuse to try out a new recipe, and especially a sweets recipe. So I decided upon a white chocolate, macademia nut and cranberry cookies recipe. It was delicious (though I recommend slightly underbaking the cookies as they get hard somewhat quickly).
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup craisins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugars together in a large bowl.
3. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, salt)
4. Add eggs, 1 at a time to the butter mixture. Stir until combined.
5. Add vanilla to the mixture.
6. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture, pouring in a little bit at a time, while stirring.
7. Add nuts, white chips and craisins. Stir well.
8. Scoop by the tablespoonful onto a sprayed cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden.
Enjoy with a glass of cold milk.