Classroom Fight Solution: Let Them

When I was teaching overseas, I realized quite quickly that I had a problem. It felt like every time I turned around, a fight was breaking out among my students. Every 15 minutes or so, there would be a couple kids scuffling in the corner of my classroom.

At the beginning, I would stop teaching, break up the fight, get everyone seated again, and continue teaching. This, however, did not solve the problem. These kids did not speak English. I had no idea why they were fighting, so it was very difficult for me to help them solve the problem.

After a couple of months, I finally decided to minimize the disruption. Instead of stopping the fight, and letting the animosity build back up again, I decided to install some rules.