Utility Knives in Taiwanese Classrooms

Like any teacher, I have many rules to maintain order in a classroom and provide a safe environment for students to learn in.  My first semester at a private secondary school in Nantou City was quite challenging.  With the exception of a few minor incidents, the high school classes I taught there required very little discipline.  The junior high classes were another story.  I had posted my own rules in the classroom that all the students agreed upon shortly after noticing that none of the rooms had their own rules posted.  Students fully understood the consequences for negative behavior and after a few weeks most of the incidents involving students throwing objects at each other, using windows to enter and exit the classroom, using Taiwanese curse words to greet teachers, and fighting, had decreased dramatically and in a few classrooms ceased all together.

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