helping students with passive aggressive behavior not to try to misbehave..

in a scenario of middle school, what are some creative ways in which the teacher can give/keep an incentive, so that the student automatically chooses to count the cost, and avoid silly behavior the moment the teacher turns back to write on the board...?
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Anthony RussoCommented:
A former Sergeant having served his time with the Marine Corps took a new job as a school teacher. Just before the school year started he injured his back. He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't noticeable.

On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school. The smart aleck punks, having already heard the new teacher was a Marine, they were leery of him and decided to see how tough he really was before trying any pranks.

Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took a stapler and promptly stapled the tie to his chest....... twice.

He had no trouble with discipline that year.
Obviously this is not to really portray that the teacher is some kind of tough guy, but more that this teacher is someone that is not the same old, same old type.

Creative. Gets Attention. Humorous. All things that work well in middle school.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
I was in a math class like this in middle school.  The teach had no control. She tried to bring in cookies but that didn't help.  Finally, the principle had to sit in until they replaced her.

I think the problem was she was never confident.  Some people are just better leaders.
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