Another first for me today: broke up a fight in my classroom.
Just as sixth period was starting (after lunch), a group of Armenian students came into my Algebra 1 class. They started having an altercation with one Latino student who was already in the room. I was scared because so many students came in all at once, but I quickly isolated the Hispanic student from the one student that seemed to be the target/instigator of the fight.
Thankfully, the teacher with whom I share the room was in the room and she also helped separate people and get the group of kids out of the class. She went to get help and together we were able to diffuse the situation without any punches landed, only a little bit of shoving.
It was nice to see some of the other kids in the class trying to help too. They were saying things like, “Hey, calm down” or “There’s no need to get so dramatic.”
I have no idea why the fight started, but it was clearly racially motivated. Most of the insults that were hurled were racial.
It was incredibly hard to get any learning done in that class today, and I don’t blame the rest of the students for finding it hard to concentrate. I also found it really hard to pull it together for the rest of class.
P.S. Another first today: having a student try to access my laptop from his/her cell phone via Bluetooth during class so that the name of the phone (which had some obscenities) would show up on the projector. How creative.
UPDATE: I was told that the fight started in gym class when one student crossed out another group’s graffiti, which was an expression of racial pride. That escalated to the incident in my class. There was a big fight after school. Admin tried to prevent the fight but Latino student somehow sneaked out of where he was being sequestered.