School Fights: How to Calm Your Classroom

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." ~ Nelson Mandela

When you decided to major in education, it is likely that you had aspirations of instilling knowledge in young minds and making a difference in the lives of children. Hopefully, you have had many satisfying and rewarding experiences that have made your career worthwhile. One thing that you likely did not anticipate was potential violence in your classroom.

YouTube and other sites have made it popular to record fights and post them online for the purpose of temporary fame, and this has leaked over into the classroom, creating unforeseen challenges for teachers and students alike.

Some teachers seem content to stand by and allow the students to duke it out; others stop the fight before it even begins, although this can sometimes result in injury to the teacher; still others feel compelled to fight the students themselves. If you find yourself in the position of having to break up a fight, what should you do?