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.
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. I basically said: If the counselors had given me better students, I would be able to teach better.
Setting Classroom Expectations. 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. 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. 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.
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: