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Disciplining girls of color: moving from stereotypes to self-awareness - Education Votes. By Sabrina Holcomb A white student in an Iowa middle school brings a knife to school, threatens another student, and is placed an in-school program for eight weeks. A black student in the same school brings a knife to school and is immediately expelled. Join us on February 21 for a Facebook Live event, Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline for Girls of Color. Click here › As an in-school suspension educator at the school in question, Yvonne Shepherd has a front-row seat to the impact of disproportionate discipline policies on students of color. Although Black students comprise around 20 percent of the school’s student population, of the approximately 600 student referrals during the school year’s first semester, 400 are Black and that includes girls.

Shepherd acknowledges that girls of color at her school are more likely to be in trouble for insubordination and “silly fights over hair and looks and boys.” These stereotypes carry over into the way girls of color are disciplined. 4 Ways to Ensure Discipline in Classrooms. 4 Early-Year Keys for Effective Classroom Discipline. Nothing can undermine a classroom climate that's conducive to learning more quickly than a host of minor disruptive behaviors. These behaviors alone may be no big deal, but collectively they steal instructional time and the positive energy that our students need to attain success.

Although effectively managing student behavior is a multifaceted practice, there are four central things that you can -- and should -- do very early in the school year to set the proper tone. 1. Make your first words and actions confident, enthusiastic, and welcoming. Let your students know how glad you are to meet them or see them again. I am really pleased to have you all in this class. 2. Most teachers are good at letting students know routines, rules, and even consequences, but many neglect to share what might be the most important component that preserves everyone's dignity when rules are broken. 1. 2. 3. Establish a time and place when students can give you feedback. 4.

Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom. I admit it. I allowed students to chew gum in class. Why? I chewed gum. I have a throat that tends to dry up mid-morning. The point is that if you have a rule, you have to follow it yourself or the kids will question you, and worse, lose respect. Follow Through Rules have consequences, and routines have reminders. Once you make a rule, you have to stick to it. All the other students are watching and expecting the follow through. Choosing Routines to Emphasize There will be procedures and routines that will take several seconds to go over and then others that are more in-depth. You will want to address all scenarios for getting out of one's seat: sharpening a pencil, getting supplies or a tissue, turning in work, etc.

There isn't really a limit to how many routines and procedures you have, but you will need to make sure that each one is clear to every learner in your room that first week of school. Transparency Have the class brainstorm examples and you add a few yourself. The Ultimate Goal. The Rise of The Student Cheater. Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step. All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fear that other students might do the same thing if we don't take a strong stance. Couple these feelings with the possibility of taking the disruption personally, and we have a recipe for disaster.

It's important that we divide our response into two parts: Immediate stabilization Intervention to resolve these issues Crisis Management If you go to the emergency room, the goal is not to make you better (unless the required treatment is minor). The same is true in the classroom. Calming down requires time for both the student and teacher to depersonalize the incident. Common wisdom tells us to intervene as fast as possible, that waiting is a bad thing. Do's, Don'ts and 5 Examples Understand that stabilizing is not excusing, letting the student get away with anything or ignoring.

Things to avoid: Schools get road map for improving discipline practices. A national report described as a first-of-its-kind road map for improving discipline practices in U.S. public schools was released Tuesday, with 60 recommendations intended to help schools reduce suspensions and create better learning conditions. The 460-page report, the result of a three-year, bipartisan effort, urges that suspensions be used as a last resort, proposes targeting support to help students with behavioral issues and suggests specialized training for police officers on the nation’s campuses. The Council of State Governments Justice Center spearheaded the School Discipline Consensus Report, which is based on more than 700 interviews and reflects agreement from a core group of about 100 school administrators, teachers, lawmakers, advocates, parents, students and criminal-justice leaders.

“What we have now is a comprehensive vision from the field,” said Michael Thompson, director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. “I think this a breakthrough development.” Beyond Zero Tolerance: Achieving a Balance in School Discipline. Disruptive behavior continues to be one of the most challenging issues that schools face today. Even one seriously incompliant student can threaten teaching and learning for the rest of the class. And though exceedingly rare given the large number of schools throughout our country, incidents of deadly violence shake our confidence in school safety.

In the 1990s, amidst similar circumstances and fears, schools adopted "get tough" philosophies of discipline: increased suspensions, expulsions, school arrests and zero tolerance. By cracking down on all transgressions, school leaders hoped to send a message to students that misbehaviors would not be tolerated, and also make classrooms safer for learners that remained. Disparities in How African American Students are Disciplined Throughout the nation, the zero tolerance doctrine dramatically increased suspensions and expulsions. Zero Tolerance is Ineffective Exclusionary discipline also creates serious risks for students. Echoes of Brown in School Discipline - OpEducation.

Redirect Student Behavior With I and Why - Coach G's Teaching Tips. Classroom Management. A Teacher on 'Listening' Rather Than 'Disciplining' - Teaching Now. Teachers urged to 'get tough' on bad behaviour. 2 February 2014Last updated at 06:08 ET Some 700,000 pupils remain in schools where behaviour is "not good enough", a government spokesman said Teachers in England can dispense "tough but proportionate" punishments to tackle bad behaviour in schools, Education Secretary Michael Gove says. Possible sanctions, included in updated guidelines, include weeding school grounds and tidying classrooms. There had been "significant progress" on indiscipline since 2010, but "there is much still to do", Mr Gove said.

Unions said many of the deterrents were already used and teachers did not need "one-size-fits-all advice". Labour's Tristram Hunt said allowing unqualified teachers was "damaging standards". The updated guidelines - which now specify suitable punishment for dealing with bad behaviour - will be sent to all schools in England next week, the Department for Education said. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End QuoteMichael Gove 'Consequences' Other issues he discussed included: End QuoteNUT. How to Teach Social Skills to Children With Behavior Problems. Checklists for Children With Behavior Problems.

School Discipline: American as Apple Pie - View From the Bronx: An Urban Teacher's Perspective. When Students Need Emotional Support: Dos and Don'ts. One of the realities of teaching today is that most teachers work in classrooms with students identified with a wide variety of needs. We often focus on how to best accommodate our students with learning support needs, but when we welcome a student with emotional support needs into our classroom, it can really turn everything upside down. Students with emotional support needs often don’t “play by the same rules” as other students. They don’t always follow our classroom procedures and they don’t adjust their behavior when we correct them–gently or firmly. Some emotional support students are severely withdrawn and we find ourselves desperately trying to bring them out of their shells. Others are overly energetic or aggressive, leaving us scrambling to manage their behaviors so it doesn’t disrupt the learning of their classmates.

DO collaborate. Some fresh tolerance teaching strategies that you may not have tried. Our list of trending educational buzzwords, and a cheeky professional... Another reason I avoid sending kids to the office. On How We Think About Sending Kids to the Office. What follows is a long piece of writing that explains how we at KPEA are thinking about when, how, and why teachers send students struggling with their behavior to the "office" and what happens when they get there.

The leadership team and I used this essay to kick off a discussion with our teachers about some pretty big changes to this system that will bring our student office visit approach more in line with our overall student culture ideas. The full text is below the fold, but the main idea is contained in these two excerpts: This is not about lowering the bar in any way – what we’re talking about is confronting the reality that traditional ways of looking at office visits don’t make student behavior better and often times can make it worse. As a teacher, we’ve all had students who were so challenging that we sometimes needed to be sent out of your room to the office. We have that kind of system in place here. But why do we do this? Sending Students To The Office Will Weaken Your Ability To Manage Your Classroom. Confidence is an important trait in a teacher, but so is humility. Although I don’t subscribe to the belief that a teacher never truly arrives or can never reach a high level of excellence, I do believe in the continual need to be self-aware of one’s mistakes and open to new ideas.

A dose of humility keeps us flexible and willing to try a different approach when the current one isn’t working. Having written that, I must be especially careful with my upcoming statement. I don’t want to appear as though I’m singing my own praises because this couldn’t be further from true. Doing so would be off-putting. In nearly 20 years of teaching, I’ve never sent one of my students to the office because of a behavior issue.

This isn’t something I’m especially proud of, nor is it a streak I’m purposely trying to extend. The only exception to this would be an incident involving dangerous or grossly insubordinate behavior, which would need to be documented. Discipline Policies Shift With Views on What Works. To Do Today: Thinking about Temperament. What is temperament? Temperament shapes how a person responds to the world. Psychologists today believe that temperament is, to some extent, genetic. In other words, when a child is born, he is already inclined to react in certain ways to certain situations or stimuli. Temperament can be detected within a child’s first year, and while parenting and life experiences will affect the temperament, some part of it will remain the same throughout the child’s life.

Why does this matter in the classroom? All teachers have those students they just “click” with. Introversion/Extraversion To kick off this holiday weekend, we want to spread a little patriotic pride... With more and more technology in the classroom affecting learning, though,... Here are a few of the best children’s magazines, along with a few classroom... Here are some ideas, including writing activities, you can share with parents... Here are a few classroom management ideas to help your introverted students... Resources. Rethinking Discipline. Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word. Mrs. Nelson is teaching a lesson when she notices Mason's head on his desk with distracting noises coming from him.

She cruises his way while still teaching, leans in as she nears him and quietly reminds him to sit up and stop making noises. As she walks away and resumes teaching, Mason mumbles an inappropriate epithet that contains denial of the deed and offensive language. Other students sitting nearby turn their attention away from the lesson, collectively showing a look along with a few "oohs" that unmistakably challenges their teacher with the question, "What are you going to do about it?

" Many power struggles start over issues of consequences, fairness, embarrassment and being told what to do. The Most Effective Word When my daughter was a teenager, her last word during a disagreement was often a snooty "whatever. " The wisdom is for educators to be satisfied with "the most effective word," and this almost always comes next-to-last.

Great Expectations. Suspended in School: Punished But Still Learning. 'Restorative Practices': Discipline But Different. Classroom Management. Oppositional Children – Counselling Connect. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Children who act out in an oppositional manner, are frequently drawing upon an internal struggle to oppose or reject something in their lives. Oppositional children are often blamed for their defiant behaviors, but are not always offered a listening ear, to hear why they are acting out in a disobedient and uncooperative way. It is important to recognize that not all children who are acting out or behaving in an oppositional manner, should be diagnosed. The American Psychiatric Association (2000), diagnoses oppositional behaviors with the following criterion. A. . (1) often loses temper (2) often argues with adults (3) often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules (4) often deliberately annoys people (5) often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior (6) is often touchy or easily annoyed by others (7) is often angry and resentful (8) is often spiteful or vindictive B.

C. Author: Dr. How to Respond to Inappropriate Student Comments. Posted on Friday September 14, 2012 by Michael Keathley When I read Liana Heitin’s post in , “Responding to Insensitive Student Comments,” it brought back flashes of similar situations I have experienced as an instructor and others some of my colleagues have shared over the years (30 August, 2012). It also brought back the same question: How should teachers handle inappropriate comments from students? In her post, Heitin shared the story of Heather Wolpert-Gawron who, after explaining she’d be off to celebrate a Jewish holiday, was asked by a student: “”So, if you’re Jewish, does that mean you’re going to hell?” Wolpert-Gawron responded, “So I thought about my goal as a teacher to create independent learners and thinkers, and I responded the only way I could. I said, “I’ll let you decide that, Eduardo.” He crossed his arms, nodded at me thoughtfully and … [w]e continued on our merry way” (qtd. in Heitin, L. 30 August, 2012).

The debate Heitin sparked was over how to handle such incidents. Ways to deal with problematic students. Picture source Teachers' one of the biggest problem is teaching to problematic learners,attention seekers and shy learners.Teaching to well-behaved learners is easy.The difficult part of the teaching profession is to be able to teach problematic, bullying and shy learners and also make them behave well and attract their attention.

We shouldn't forget that the learners especially the young ones see us as the role models.Therefore, we , as the teachers should support positive behaviours to be good models for them. Teachers' one of the biggest mistakes is to criticize the learners in front of their friends.It is only a temporary solution and can cause more problems.Plus, we should never argue with the learners in front of the whole class.Because it can cause the loss of your authority. The teacher can talk to these type of learners after class by using “I” language. The learners should love the teachers.You can gain their love by telling them they mean to you. Written by Azize Besik. July/August 2012 eSchool News. How to Make Consequences Work.

Study: 'Daily Report Cards' Improve Behavior of Students With ADHD - On Special Education. Defining the Classroom Rules - Teaching Now. Who Makes the Rules in a Classroom? Seven Ideas About Rule-making - Teacher in a Strange Land. What Do Your Rules Say About You? Behavior Management Tips of the Week.

Don’t Just Sit There: Use Detention Wisely. The Problem With Punishing Emotions. How to Make Consequences Work. Overreacting To Classroom Discipline - Walt Gardner's Reality Check.