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Teacher Classroom Management Freebies

 

 

Remember when your biggest problem was your students' bad behavior? Now, you and your site may also have bad budget problems as well.

Those budget constraints can really limit your access to solutions that could minimize or even stop the behavior and classroom management  problems that can dominate your site.

In good times and not-so-good times, Youth Change is here to help with behavior and classroom management problems.

We always have thousands of teacher freebies, and tons of low-cost interventions and solutions all over our website.

Because there are thousands and thousands of these classroom management freebies and low-cost goodies scattered through our massive website, we thought we would guide you right to some of our best budget helpers.

Plus, we have created a few new budget helpers just for you, our Problem Student Problem-Solver internet magazine subscriber.

We hope you will enjoy these bad behavior-busters that can help even if you are dealing with the worst budget ever. If you read on, you will find lots of free printable lesson plan handouts to help with behavior and classroom management problems. They make a great teacher classroom management freebie, and are perfect for school counselors, social workers, LPCs and other youth professionals too.
 

Teacher Classroom Management Freebies

Classroom Management Freebie #1
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 There are dozens and dozens of free sample, printable worksheets scattered through our huge site. If you would like to see and print a few handouts right now for free, we are giving you some of our most popular worksheets. They're perfect for the classroom, or for group and individual counseling.

Find our "secret" stash of freebies here.

Here's another money-saving idea: damaged copies of our books sell at half-price. That makes most of our books cost just $7.50. Call 1.800.545.5736 to see if we have your book choices in damaged condition for half-price.

 


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Classroom Management Freebie #2
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Here is access to another "secret" stash of awesome behavior and classroom management freebies. Click here to find this second treasure trove of free resources for teachers, school counselors and youth professionals.

 

Classroom Management Freebie #3
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    Schedule the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Workshop to come to your site. This is the one professional development inservice that produces results, results, results. Call 1.800.545.5736 now. This surprisingly affordable inservice also makes a terrific fund raiser. College credit and 10 professional development clock hours are available. Your staff will finally have the more effective, real-world tools they need to work with today’s challenging, difficult youth.

     

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Fantastic, Free Teacher Resources

 

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Fantastic, Free Teacher Resources

 
 

 

We are about to begin our 20th year. To celebrate our birthday, and thank you for your support, we are packing this issue with no-cost resources, perfect for teachers, counselors and other youth professionals.

If you have all the usual student behavior problems but half the budget, this issue has help for both.

 

NO-COST HANDOUT –Just 1 Click
Destination Procrastination

procrastination poster 74A single click will instantly download this full color handout on procrastination. It's the handout version of Poster #074 (click to view this as a poster). It's a great free teacher resource, and counselors, you may like it too.

If you work with younger students, you can define "procrastination" as "putting off".

To preface a discussion of this handout, you might want to tell your youngsters a personal story about a time you procrastinated– and the consequences that resulted. For example, vividly capture the sights and smells that you encountered when you put off using up that open can of tuna fish.

After the story, students will be much more receptive to information from you because they will perceive you as being just like them, that you sometimes share their difficulties performing tasks promptly.

 

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Come to our workshop for a lot less money.

We are making available lots of half-price work-study slots for all our live workshops. That makes the cost of two days at our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop just $84.

You get the same workshop, same materials, and the same 200 interventions that everyone else gets but for half-price. Reply to this email, or call right now to grab a budget-helping work-study slot: 1.800.545.5736.

We are here to help you so please get in touch so we can find a way to get you into our problem-stopping professional development workshop.

 


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NO-COST HANDOUT –Just 1 Click
The More You Learn, the More You Earn

free resource All you have to do is click to get this very cool, full color handout. It's adapted from one of best-selling motivational posters, Poster #008 (click to view this as a poster)

You can use this handout to start a general class discussion about the value of school.

In these difficult economic times, you may want to be sure to include the following facts: (a) People with the most education tend to fare better than everyone else during downturns, (b) Every degree you earn doubles the dollars you earn, and (c) People with the least education are usually the first fired and the last re-hired.

 

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    Schedule the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Workshop to come to your site. This is the one professional development inservice that produces results, results, results. Call 1.800.545.5736 now. This surprisingly affordable inservice also makes a terrific fund raiser. College credit and 10 professional development clock hours are available. Your staff will finally have the more effective, real-world tools they need to work with today’s challenging, difficult youth.

     

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Don’t Freak, It’s Back-to-School Week: Survival Strategies

 

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Don't Freak, It's Back-to-School Week:
Survival Strategies

 
 

 

In between trekking from school to school, conference to conference, and agency to agency all summer, teaching our popular Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop, we've been busy producing knock-your-socks-off, new handouts and posters.

Some of these brand new handouts and posters are so new that they aren't even for sale yet on our website, but as a subscriber to this internet magazine, you can have some of these attention-grabbing worksheets now, for free.

We hope you enjoy these exciting, new back-to-school strategies.

 

Back-to-School Strategies
 

Put Your Students on a Box of SUCCEEDIES

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school success posterOur cereal box looks a lot like the famous box that has athletes on it, but our box of cereal is "The Breakfast of Graduates." Note that the cereal bowl is overflowing with dollar bills. That's because– as noted on the box– "Grads Earn Twice as Much."

The picture (at right) shows our Poster #132 (click to view) but as a subscriber, you can get a version of this item in handout form free.

The handout version of this device leaves a blank spot for you to add students' faces to the cereal box, or students can make this addition on their own. This is a fantastic back-to-school strategy to use the first day of school.

 

Put Your Students on the Cover

public display affection posterOur Poster 120 always generates lots of laughter from students.

The poster pictures a newspaper headline that says "School: It Isn't Just for Dating Anymore." You can purchase that poster or get the handout version here for free.

The handout version of this device leaves most of the newspaper blank so your students can make the headline become anything they choose. For example, students might write "School Isn't Just for Talking on Your Cell Phone Anymore."
 


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Put Your Students in the Work Place

attendance poster 144Poster #144 (shown at right) is very popular, and is a great back-to-school strategy. We have a  a whole line of these posters. The version shown at left says "All Jobs Now Require On Time Attendance. Think this poster is scary? Try life without a job."

Here are just a few of the many other versions we are bringing out: "All Jobs Now Require Reading," "All Jobs Now Require Regular Drug Testing," and "All Jobs Now Require Math."

Feel free to use any of these variations as a way to spark your students' creativity. Have students create their own endings to the sentence "All Jobs Now Require…" using the free handout you can get here.

 

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Our Most Requested Classroom Management Interventions

 

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Our Most Requested
Classroom Management Interventions

 
 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

Our Spring '08 workshops were really packed with participants so we read a lot of evaluations. I'm workshop instructor, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

Many of the evaluations from the Spring inservice tour included requests for us to post favorite classroom management interventions.

We noticed that many workshop participants requested the same handful of interventions. By popular request, we are posting your favorite behavior and classroom management interventions right here.

 

Most Requested Classroom Management Interventions

 

# 1 Favorite Intervention
Where Will Your TV Watching Skills Be Needed?


Any classroom management intervention that used a classified ad format was very popular. The method listed here was the most popular of the bunch.

The intervention is to ask students to write Help Wanted ads based on the set of skills they are acquiring. Many participants liked the examples we gave in class of the ads students create and wanted copies. They like how these silly ads may leave students wondering "Where will my TV watching skills be needed?"

Here are some of the classified ad-style interventions that drew the most comment:

Experienced TV Viewers Needed for High Paying Jobs

Large company seeks TV viewers to work long hours in a horizontal position. Must like donuts and chips.

National Firm Needs Nappers Now

If you like to sleep, this job opportunity will open your eyes. If you wake at the crack of noon, we can wait. On-time applications not accepted.

Mall Rats Wanted for Executive Positions

Years of leaning against the wall or sitting on a bench required for exciting opportunity with major corporation. If you know how to hang out for hours, then your future as one of our hard-driving employees is simply unlimited. If you can demonstrate the ability to say something really nasty about everyone who walks by, then you may be that special person we need in customer relations. Put those valuable years of experience as a mall rat to work with us.

Violent Video Game Pros Needed for Government Espionage

If you can navigate mazes, break codes or kill the beast, then a career with the CIA or FBI may be for you. We need people like you who can get to the highest level no matter what vicious dragons or pre-historic dinosaurs get in the way.

 


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# 2 Favorite Intervention
Gallons for Graduates

 

Participants really like interventions that sell the value of school, and wanted some more.

Here is a new one. Right now it is a particularly easy sell if you relate school to the price of gas. Here is the connection. The typical dropout earns about $500 per month working minimum wage at one or more jobs. With gas currently approaching $4 a gallon, and minimum wage approaching $7 an hour, have students calculate how many hours a dropout must work to buy a tank of gas.

To make the numbers come to life, have students determine how long they must work to just drive to a neighboring city, nearby state, or popular regional destination. Have them determine how much they will spend just to go to their job each day.

With gas expected to top $5 a gallon in the near future, be sure to help students discover that one dropout with one job may not be able to afford a tank of gas while also paying housing, medical bills, car payments, clothing, recreation and so on.

Help students to discover that if gas prices continue to rise, dropouts may be able to afford a car they can't afford to drive. By contrast, graduates earn roughly twice the salary of dropouts and may be better prepared to stay on the road. You are re-shaping students' image of school by making it critical to being able to afford to drive.

A fun follow-up intervention: have students illustrate the phrase, "Gallons for Graduates." They can use art supplies or computer clip art to create fanciful images like a merged diploma and gas pump, or by showing a gas station where everyone who is buying gas is wearing a cap and gown, or clutching a diploma.

 

# 3 Favorite Intervention
The Best-Liked Bully-Busters

 

Our Spring workshop participants commented a lot about our behavior interventions for bullies.

They liked that our interventions don't rely on remorse or compassion because so many bullies appear to lack those qualities.

They appreciated how the interventions were always related to the bully's self-interest, and agreed with what we teach in class, that many bullies only care about I-Me, I-Me, I-Me, and nothing else.

On the workshop evaluations, a number of participants asked us to post more examples of relating anti-bullying interventions to the self-interest of the bullies.

anti-bullying poster 97 poster71Here are a couple of posters that illustrate that. They are good examples of how to always be sure that anti-bullying interventions are closely tied to what the student can lose or gain by using bullying behaviors.

A lot of the counselors also liked the use of humor when working with bullies. An example of that is shown in the second poster. We do strongly encourage that humor be incorporated in anti-bullying interventions to streamline your interactions and improve your results.

Here are Posters 71 and 97. You don't need to buy the poster; you can just use the technique pictured. If you do want to buy posters, they're $8 each.

If you want additional anti-bullying ideas, we have many more posters that you can view to get innovative methods that you can easily adapt and use.

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Our Most Creative Student Behavior Management Interventions Ever

 

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Our Most Creative Student Behavior Management Interventions Ever

 
 

 

Some of our best ideas aren't really our ideas. The first couple of student behavior management interventions in this issue were inspired by Dr. Matthew Meyers from LAUSD.

 

Most Creative Student Behavior Management Methods
 

Shaquille on Line 1

This is such a great idea. This strategy is one of the terrific ideas suggested by Matthew from LAUSD.

Staff at his site are working to create celebrity wake-up calls for students. It fits L.A. perfectly and you can easily make it fit your part of the world. Get local or national celebrities to record wake-up calls for your students and start their day with a bang.

No one sleeps through a call from a big name star. Their eyes will be wide open.

 

Put Your Doors to Work

motivational intervention Teacher free resources for classroom managementFor years we have been recommending that you put your walls to work by hanging our popular motivational posters.

At LAUSD, they don't just work their walls, they even work their doors too.

They have created door hangers that they leave on the homes of absent students. We liked that idea so much that we created door hangers for the classroom (pictured above).

As you can see, the door hangers focus on instruction and testing, and are very motivational. You can make your own by downloading a blank outline of a door hanger image. That's how we made our versions.

 


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Succeedies: Breakfast of Graduates

This behavior management method is like nothing you've ever seen before.

They put really successful athletes on the cover of a box of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions. Have your students put themselves on the cover of "Succeedies: Breakfast of Graduates."

To do this, purchase boxes of Wheaties and have your students alter them, or provide them the art supplies to create mock-ups.

Use a digital camera, have students take head shots then transfer them to your computer. Next, print the pictures and have students add them to the cereal boxes.

This activity is a lot of fun and potentially inspirational. Plus, it's hard to stay sour and negative about school when you are involved in a fun project like this.

 

Put Your Shirt to Work

In this issue, we've already discussed putting your walls and doors to work. If you're a teacher, now it's time to put your clothing to work too.

You're going to love this unusual behavior management strategy.

Create buttons or stickers that say "Call Me Banker" or "Don't Call Me Teacher" and attach to your shirt.

Inevitably, students will ask why your button or sticker makes such a bogus claim. Reply by noting that since graduates earn $329,000 more than dropouts, you prefer to be called "Banker."

 

iPod Planet

This is one of my favorite student behavior management interventions ever.

Like many people who work with children and adolescents, you probably don't know which you hate more: iPods in class or cell phones in class.

Instead of waging a constant battle against distracting technology, prevent problems before they start.

First, have students make a list of The Worst Places to Use Your iPod or The Worst Places to Use Your Cell Phone. Include suggestions like "during surgery" and "at church." Be sure to include your site on the list.

Post the lists on the wall, then warn students that they will face unimaginable consequences if they use their iPod or phone in class. Be sure to convey this message using humor because students will face humorous sanctions.

Students will be required to switch to an obsolete version of the offending device for the rest of the class or day. So the iPod will be traded for a cassette player or clunky 8 track tape player. The cell phone will be traded for a dial phone.

The trades should be done using lots of humor to ensure that you avoid the usual power struggles that iPods and cell phones can normally cause.

If you don't have ancient cassette players and phones at home, you can pick them up inexpensively in thrift shops. Students are often intrigued to use low tech technology like dial phones that they may not have seen or heard of before; that intrigue can even distract them from arguing.

Ultimately, students who use prohibited devices will come to expect that they will have to trade their cute little iPod for a dusty, over-sized record player.

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3 Steps to Better Student Discipline

 

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3 Steps to Better Student Discipline

 
 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

I'm Youth Change Workshops' Director Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

We continue to get the same questions on discipline again and again at our workshops that are touring the country, and coming soon near you.

In this issue we will give you our best answers. In both our live and online professional development courses, we give you hundreds of strategies that answer "How do I get kids to behave?"

In the meantime, here are some of our best tips and tricks to get you started on improving student discipline in your classroom or group room.

Here is the surprising truth about student discipline: Discipline and consequences are often ineffective.

Yes, every school or agency needs both, but alone, they don't work. Alone? Yes, if you have a discipline and consequence structure set up, but have not first taught your students the skills, motivation and attitudes that they need to perform the desired behaviors, you will almost certainly find your discipline is ineffective.

Children and youth often can not do behaviors that they were never taught. Further, those youngsters who have bad attitudes and no motivation may have no interest in performing to your satisfaction.

Yet, teaching students to have the desired skills, motivation and attitude is almost universally over-looked at most sites. If you want to remedy that oversight, here are the 3 essential elements that must preface or accompany your student discipline and consequences:

 

3 Steps to Better Student Discipline

 

STEP #1
Want Student Discipline? Teach Skills

Years ago, families taught their offspring the basic skills required in school and other settings. Now, many students have never been taught the necessary nuts-and-bolts behaviors that are essential to functioning.

Students may see bad behavior at home and bring it with them to your site. That's why many youth seem to have no sense of acceptable anger control, verbiage, or personal space and distance.

Set up any discipline and consequences you want, but if the child lacks the key skills to comply, discipline can't make much difference.

The list of necessary skills is long, and includes attendance, discussion skills, respect for teachers, respect for peers, punctuality, homework management, hallway behavior, how to sit at a desk, how to use a locker, and on and on and on.

Expecting these skills before teaching them is like expecting snow in summer. It's not very likely. Notice how consequences and discipline can not compensate for missing specific skills like those listed above.


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STEP #2
Want Student Discipline? Teach Motivation

school poster 126If a child believes that your service is unimportant, their behavior is likely to reflect that belief.

Children once learned at home about the value of school or your service. If contemporary students don't learn that at home, and you don't teach it at your site, the child's behavior may reflect their contempt despite any disciplinary efforts.

Poster 126, shown at right, illustrates what we mean when we say "motivate students."

This poster markets math like it was a pair of jeans or an MP3 player. Yes, it is sad to have to do that, but discipline without motivation is like summer without heat: you may wish it was different, but wishing doesn't change anything.

 

STEP #3
Want Student Discipline? Build Positive Attitudes

student discipline poster 37If a child has a negative attitude about your site, that's likely to be reflected in problematic conduct.

Discipline usually can't compel a child to change, but adjusting the child's attitude to be more positive, can create results that by comparison, seem almost magical.

Here is a sample technique: Ask students to write Help Wanted classified ads that start with "Desperately Seeking Someone Mean to Join Our Team."

Discuss the ads that students produce and help students consider if bosses hire and keep surly employees.

Want an example to show students to inspire them to create great ads? Look at Poster 37 at right, and use it as your example.

 

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Student Behavior Problems? Here’s Surprising, No-Fail New Strategies

 

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Student Behavior Problems?
Here's Surprising, No-Fail New Strategies

 
 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

I'm the instructor for Youth Change's student behavior improvement workshops. My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

Over the years, I've invented thousands of terrific behavior improvement strategies for students with conduct problems. This is blog issue has a few of my favorites.

 

Student Behavior Management Strategies
 

The Girl in the Mirror

behavior improvement poster 147Have you ever noticed that most interventions are geared for boys, or are generic, one-gender-fits-all interventions?

Poster 147 is intended just for girls, although you can use it with boys if you wish. It's also a great reminder to use gender-proficient interventions when needed. You're student behavior will definitely improve as a result.

This provocative poster is the perfect conversation-starter for girls' counseling groups, health classes, contemporary issues classes, and living skills courses.

It also works well with individual students. It tackles a tough problem area: body image. It also raises issues of weight, self-image, beauty, culture and societal expectations of girls.

This student behavior intervention will start important conversations and provoke insights when mere words and generic methods can't.

 


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Classroom Management Problems STOP here

 

I'll Do It Someday

If you had a nickel for every time a youngster told you that they will do what you ask…someday.

This is a light, fun student behavior management intervention.

The next time you hear "someday" in answer to a request to a student, escort the student to your calendar and say: "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Where's Someday?"

Your goal is to teach students that someday doesn't exist.

 

Interventions for Drama Queens– and Kings

You don't work in a theater, but you are surrounded by drama. If you are tired of the theatrics at your school or agency, this very simple behavior intervention can become your new mantra.

Teach your students: "No Extreme Emotions." If you prefer to say it more positively, "Moderate Emotions Only."

If you work with adolescents, it may seem like you are saying "cool it" to a raging fire, but this saying can help. It is uncomfortable for youngsters to be in perpetual chaos, anger, anxiety, or distress.

Market "No Extreme Emotions" as a way out of the constant discomfort. Remember that children and teens don't necessarily realize that their conduct is out of the norm so teach them "Drama only belongs in theaters."

Consider having students make posters that illustrate this caption: More School, Less Drama.
 

The Recession or Depression? Game

There is an old saying about bad economic times: It's a recession when other people lose their jobs. It's a depression when you lose your job.

Teach your students about the terms "recession" and "depression," then help them determine if they are prepared to keep regularly occurring, ordinary recessions from becoming disastrous depressions.

Play the "Recession or Depression?" game. Divide students into two groups then ask each group to determine the truth about what can happen to people during economic downturns.

Reward correct answers by giving students play money. Penalize wrong answers by taking away money, or having the group "go into debt."

The purpose of using the play money is to make the game more concrete and real than you can achieve just using verbiage.

Ask students to determine which of the following facts are true. (All are true.)

-No diploma? You double your chances of
   being unemployed
-Dropouts are the first fired, last hired
-Graduates often send the layoff notices that
   everyone else opens
-Graduates can do and understand more than everyone
   else so they can do better than everyone even when
   the economy does worse
-Jobs that don't require a diploma are disappearing
-In bad economic times, there are more people than jobs
   so grads take the jobs dropouts could otherwise
   have gotten

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Best-Ever Most Effective Student Behavior Management Methods

 

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Best-Ever Most Effective
Student Behavior Management Methods

 
 

 

We've been hard at work devising attention-grabbing, unexpected student behavior management methods for all the "kid problems" you're dealing with.

Most of these decidedly different, potent, new behavior management methods have been turned into posters.

We've actually added a whopping 100 new posters (click here to view).

If you are planning on coming to one of our Fall 2007 workshops in Portland, St. Louis, Austin, or Phoenix, you can count on these lively, unorthodox ideas being included in the 200 strategies we give in each inservice.

By the way, we even still have some of our half-price work study slots open for these workshops, so call 1.800.545.5736 now if you want to grab one.

But, you don't have to wait for our workshop dates to arrive. Some of our provocative, new interventions are right here in this newsletter, and ready for our subscribers to use today.

 

Best, New Student Behavior Management Methods

 

Fire Up Students' Interest in Finishing School

behavior management poster 43This intervention is both an activity you can do with students, and it's a poster. Click here to enlarge the picture.

The text says: "Graduates are often the first hired and last fired. Everyone else? Last hired and first fired. Graduates often send the layoff notices that everyone else opens."

You can see this device is quite the eye-opener. To use this device, ask your class to discuss the text.

You can purchase this item as a wall poster (Poster #43) by clicking here.

 

 


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Good Pay to Ruin Our Day: An Intervention
for Bullies

stop bullying poster 90This intervention is taken from Poster #90. You don't need to buy the poster to use this intervention.

The poster appears to be a Help Wanted classified ad. The text: "Big Bonus for Big Bullies. Urgently need experienced bully. Must not be team player. Must be able to push around both co-workers and customers. If you are a big bully who can create hostility in any setting, we offer you good pay to ruin our day. Big bonus if you can create big rifts on all our shifts."

The humor in this device will help you reach more students, compared to more conventional, straight-forward approaches.

You can have your group discuss the text, or ask them to write similar Help Wanted ads for bullies too, then discuss their creations.

Whether your bullies reveal it or not, you may have gotten them concerned about exactly where will their bullying skills be needed.

 

We'll Give You This Intervention When We're "Un-Procrastinated"

procrastination poster 74This new strategy is taken from Poster #74, but you don't need to buy the poster to use this intervention.

Read the text here: "Procrastination Never Accomplished Anything: Start Now. You'll Feel Better."

Write the text on your board then ask your students to talk about the "most procrastinated" they've ever been.

It may not be grammatically correct, but the phrase will elicit big smiles and better participation from your youngsters.

After students divulge their worst incidents of procrastination, have them discuss how good they felt when they finally completed the chore they'd avoided.

Summarize that discussion by noting that "'Anti-crastinating' feels good," using a silly, made-up term that may stick with students. You can also help students discover how to stay "un-procrastinated."

 

Silly Boys! Interventions are for Girls

poster for girls 80This intervention is taken from Poster #80, but you don't need to buy the poster to use the intervention. Read the poster text here: "Silly Boys! Sports are for Girls".

We often use one-gender-fits-all interventions with students, but one-gender-fits-all approaches may fit no one.

Instead of interventions trickled down or adapted from boys, Youth Change Workshops has methods especially designed to meet the special needs of girls and young women.

This poster is perfect for P.E. teachers and others who want to encourage girls to become more committed to fitness.

Ask your girls to identify other ways to complete the sentence, "Silly Boys! ____ is for Girls," then discuss their contributions. Alternatively, ask your girls to make posters using the sentence.

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Improve Students’ Attitudes: Behavior Problems Solved Here

 

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Improve Students' Attitudes:
Behavior Problems Solved Here 

 

 

Got Kid Problems? Our web site can help. And, it can help better than ever before because it is now twice as big, with twice as many resources to improve bad behavior, disrespect, and negative students' attitudes.

Even better, most of these state-of-the-art, attention-grabbing, more effective resources are still free to use.

Chances are that your solution is just a few clicks away– if only you knew where to look. That's what this issue is all about. This is your resource guide to some of the newest and best resources to turnaround problems like bad attitudes, poor motivation, classroom management concerns, violence, bad behavior, work refusal, and much more.

Teaching and counseling troubled youth and children is hard, but our new web site resources can make it easier. We're standing right next to you in your classroom or office, and we're ready to help.

 

Strategies to Improve Students' Attitudes and Behavior

 

"What Do I Do Now?!"
More Free Articles to Guide You

The next time you don't know where to turn, turn to our free treasure trove of Blogs, accessible on the menu at the top of every page on the site.

We've posted dozens of articles answering "What do I do now?" about work refusers, violent students, classroom management, truancy, absenteeism, bad behavior, surly attitudes, and much more.

Our articles are mostly theory-free, showing you exactly what to do instead. When theory lets you down, let us show you real-world approaches that work better than theory.

 

Free Worksheets
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We know you have a bad budget so we've developed worksheets for teachers creative ways to supply you with resources when you don't have much budget.

We have a special area reserved for subscribers to this Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog. It is packed with free worksheets you can use right away.

It has wonderful resources to turnaround bad attitudes, bad behavior, poor motivation, and so many other classroom and behavior management problems.

Reach our special subscriber Free Worksheets area here.

 

 


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More Choices, Better Access
to Free Expert Help

Wish you knew lots of experts on problem children and youth? Now you do!

We have our free Live Expert Help for Youth Professionals area. You can reach it by clicking the Live Help icon at the bottom right of every page on this site. It is just for teachers, principals, teaching assistants, school counselors, and other school staff members.

 

Thousands of Strategies for
Thousands of Problems

For every behavioral, emotional, or attitude problem you see in your classroom or office, our website has answers. From ADD to Zero Interest in School, our site always has the newest methods, explanations, handouts, and lessons.

If you need help locating the exact resource you need on our huge site, call or email.

 

Bonus Strategies to
Improve Students' Attitudes

In addition to all the free resources, listed above, here is a bonus freebie on improving negative student attitudes.

 

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Teachers: Does Back to School Mean Back to Classroom Management Problems?

 

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Teachers: Does Back to School Mean Back to Classroom Management Problems?

 
 

 

How bad has it gotten for teachers? Students are now referring their beleaguered teachers to our web site for help with major, continuing classroom management problems.

Here is just one of the recent referrals that arrived at the end of the 2007 school year, and definitely grabbed our attention.


Mr. Alan, I am sending you this
because of all those troubled kids in the class.
I hope it will help you, at least next year.
–Katie M.

 

This new school year just doesn't have to be as tough as it was this past year. Remember when you used to love teaching, when you felt so privileged to shape the lives of students? That feeling may have been lost many semesters ago.

If you are facing the start of the new school year with dread over the likely classroom management problems you may face again this year, we can help.

Most teacher training is dominated by content, testing and theory. Most teacher training doesn't actually show teachers how to manage the huge coping, social, and behavior problems that come in each day with students.

Contemporary teachers need to know how to actually train kids to be prepared students who have all the school, coping, and social skills needed to function in a school setting. It's practical classroom management training that just doesn't exist in many teacher training college and university programs.

 


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Be sure to note that training kids to be students is very different than stating the rules, setting consequences, or modeling. Training kids to be students means teaching specific skills like attendance, how to participate in discussions, respect for teachers, completing work, walking down the aisle, sitting at a desk, raising your hand, asking for help, and so on.

Our teacher classroom management resources show you exactly how to teach those nuts-and-bolts skills, and can make your new school year your best school year. You might even start liking your job again.

Here is a peek at just a few of our thousands of teacher classroom management methods that give you all the tools you need to train kids to have school, coping and social skills.

 

Teacher Classroom Management Problems

Stop Here

 

Teach School Skills like Attendance

Example Strategy:
Hospital Closed: Doctor Has Hair Emergency

Have students name silly reasons to miss school, such as "I'm having a bad hair day."

List students' responses on the board. Next, ask students what would happen if employees like surgeons, air traffic controllers, plumbers, police officers, and chefs failed to show up for such silly reasons.

Encourage the students to respond humorously by crafting the "Closed" sign that might have to be placed on each work place door– see the title of this intervention (above) as an example.

Also, help your youngsters to notice that employees often perform critical functions that shouldn't be missed for paltry reasons. Assist students to realize that school is as critical for them as work is for a surgeon or air traffic controller.

 

Teach School Skills like Motivation

Example Strategy:
Big Brain Beats Big Brawn

Many youth say that school is a waste, that they know many people who have survived without education and skills. But many of those people won't be going as far into our new, high tech millennium as your students.

Show them they'll need education and skills to survive. At the start of the 20th century, 80% of jobs were manual labor. At the start of the 21st century, an amazingly tiny 15% of jobs are manual labor. A strong back has been replaced by brains and fingertips.

 

Teach School Skills like Work Acceptance

Example Strategy:
Class Work Today = Job Work Tomorrow

Ask students to name all the jobs and businesses that allow employees to just say "no" whenever they want. There are no jobs like that.

To prepare students to be employees, teach them how to respond to teacher assignments so they will be ready to respond to employer assignments.

Have students develop a sentence that avoids the word "no," and uses the word "yes" as part of the response.

Example: "Yes, but I don't know how to do that." Your goal is to have students view class work not as arbitrary, but as essential preparation for the employer assignments they will be receiving.

As much as possible, put all aspects of class assignments in the context of job assignments. It makes school work suddenly more relevant, maybe even critical.


Teach School Skills like Motivation

Example Strategy:
You'll Be Wiser if You Speak Cyber

High tech tools are absolutely essential to functioning in our contemporary time no matter what your job or lifestyle. In just 5 years, most bills may come via e-mail.

Test your students' readiness to survive on our High Tech Planet by having them define these terms: Firewall, Secure, Virus, Phishing, Spam, ISP.

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    Schedule the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Workshop to come to your site. This is the one professional development inservice that produces results, results, results. Call 1.800.545.5736 now. This surprisingly affordable inservice also makes a terrific fund raiser. College credit and 10 professional development clock hours are available. Your staff will finally have the more effective, real-world tools they need to work with today’s challenging, difficult youth.

     

    Contact us now, and begin solving your worst “kid problems” today. Call 1.800.545.5736, or email.

     

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