3 Tips for New Teachers Who Want Well-Behaved Students. Classroom Management in the EdTech Classroom - The Tech Edvocate. Why You Shouldn’t Try To Convince Difficult Students To Behave. It happens every day in classrooms from Fresno to Kathmandu.
The teacher pulls aside their most difficult student for a private meeting. Sometimes it’s a lecture. Sometimes it’s a pep-talk. Sometimes it’s to threaten or praise or question like a trial lawyer. But in every case, the teacher is trying to convince the student to behave. For teachers, it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Credit: Alison Yin for EdSource Today Denisia Wash, a kindergarten teacher in Berkeley, didn’t want to use a sugary voice when she talked to her 5-year-old students – they weren’t babies and that voice wasn’t actually effective, she said.
But she didn’t want to use a sharp-edged voice either, the impatient tone that can come out when she’s tired or under pressure. “I call that teacher voice my ‘stress voice,’” she said. Last year, she conducted an experiment as part of her evaluation at Berkeley Unified. If she changed her tone of voice, would her students feel more involved in what they were learning? Wash isn’t alone in thinking about how she sounds when she talks to her students. “I’ve known teachers who have been yellers and teachers who have been very, very soft-spoken,” said David Kretschmer, an education professor at California State University, Northridge. “And guess what?”
Myth-Busting: "If I Just Had Better Students" I was at the attendance office one day towards the end of the school year, and the clerk asked me about one of the students who had been skipping class.
Unbidden and almost automatically, the words came out of my mouth, “You know, the counselors for some reason decided to give me the worst class possible. How am I supposed to teach them when I have to spend so much time dealing with so many behavioral issues?” After I left the attendance office, I reflected on what I had said and realized that I had fallen into the trap of self-pity and justification that I have decried so much in my blog posts. Setting Classroom Expectations. Put 20 to 30 children in a room for six hours a day, and things will occasionally get a little rowdy.
But if a classroom is consistently out of control, that will have a negative impact on student learning outcomes and the stress level of the teacher. There is a way for teachers to take control up front: by setting clear classroom expectations. According to ASCD, setting clearly defined parameters for classroom behaviors accounts for 25% of the factors that affect classroom discipline. Defining and communicating classroom expectations will help students develop mature social skills, learn more, and will create an overall classroom atmosphere that’s welcoming and safe for everyone. 5 Tips for Creating Real Rapport With Your Students. As a special education teacher, I often have the opportunity to work with students who many of my colleagues find...let's say, difficult to work with.
On my worst days I get frustrated by how it often seems that classroom teachers are at a loss when students don't fit their expectations. Building rapport is hard work. We can't assume that the old "respect me because I am the teacher" model will work for all of our students, or even most of them these days. Perhaps there are communities where this still works very well, but this hasn't been my experience and it's always advantageous to learn through difficult circumstances. Using Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 2.  Epic Classroom Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Puzzled Teacher, Troubled Kid: Understanding Behaviors.
Guest author Noah Kempler is a child and family psychotherapist who also works with educators and schools.
By Noah Kempler Liam was having a hard time sitting still in class. He’d seemed extra restless lately, and also sort of out of it or preoccupied, and his 5th grade teacher, Ms. Kercher, was wondering what was going on. Was this a developmental issue? Liam had been doing fine thus far, getting his work done and managing himself okay, and hadn’t been previously identified as having any learning issues. This scenario is not uncommon for teachers and can leave you scratching your head for how to make sense of the behaviors you see in front of you. 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students. Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause.
There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and zero to one courses on mental health. Teacher training programs mostly assume that kids in public schools will be “typical,” but that assumption can handicap teachers when they get into real classrooms. A National Institute of Health study found that 25.1 percent of kids 13-18 in the US have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
Minahan is usually called into schools to help with the most challenging behavior. 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies. The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times.
" That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. That year also afforded me the opportunity to be assaulted with a stone, two chairs, a Rambo knife, a seventh-grade girl's weak jab, and dozens of creative swear words. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones. Big Strategies: Fundamental Principles of Classroom Management 1.
A hypnotist's first induction technique often involves directing subjects to focus on something they're already doing. Teachers, like hypnotists, can string along a series of requests by asking students to do something most are already doing, then waiting for 100-percent compliance, and finally issuing another directive, etc. Teachers Use Compassion To Boost Attendance At Gwinnett School. This story is part of WABE and American Graduate's Advancing Atlanta: Education series.
For more stories, click here. Of all the problems facing public schools, one that has stumped educators for years is how to get kids to show up. Truancy, or chronic absenteeism, can be a particular problem in low-income areas. State research shows attendance is tied to achievement. Kids who miss more than six days of school during the year tend to see their academic performance slip. Classroom Behavior Management Site. Safe harbor for 'Captains of the Classroom' Click the ship's wheel for a welcome message from Dr.
Mac A warm & hearty welcome to you! You've reached this granite planet's most visited and respected classroom behaviour management web site. Here you'll find thousands of positive and respectful strategies & interventions for promoting appropriate behavior (in kids AND the adults who serve them). The United Federation of Teachers says of www.BehaviorAdvisor.com: "A wild, witty and highly practical site for educators challenged by student (mis)behavior.
10 Classroom Procedures that Will Save Your Sanity - Teach 4 the Heart. The difference between a good procedure and a bad procedure is the difference between “everything is running fairly smoothly” and “this is driving me nuts. I’m gonna’ pull my hair out.” Sometimes it’s easy to think of a procedure, and other times, a question will have us stumped for years. Take pencils for example. They’re these little lead things, y’know. They shouldn’t cause so much trouble. 10 Exit Slip Prompts that Will Work for Any Class - Teach 4 the Heart. If you’re not using exit slips, you really should try them. Basically, you give students a quick prompt at the end of class (or for elementary, at the end of the day or the end of a subject). Then the students have just a couple minutes to write an answer and turn it in. Why You Should Use Exit Slips: Writing increases students’ participation.