Stop Classroom Management Problems Before They Start

 

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Stop Classroom
Management Problems
Before They Start

 

 

School Skills Training.

It could change your life, your classroom management, and the lives of your students.

School Skills Training means that you teach your youngsters how to be students, just like you teach your youngsters academic subject matter.

Your school district has a carefully planned curriculum for teaching academic content, but no curriculum at all to teach the foundation School Skills that youngsters need to take advantage of the academic offerings.

Even though all schools want students to be motivated, have a good attitude, be appropriately dressed, arrive on time, have class discussion skills, and complete assignments, few schools have any plan at all to teach students how to do all that.

Then, we wonder why there are so many classroom management problems in so many classrooms.

Here it is, the start of a new school year, and all around the country schools are expecting students to have basic School Skills that they've actually never been systematically taught.

That is why so many kids don't look, act, or sound like students. They haven't been taught.

If you are tired of the endless classroom management problems that gobble up a whopping 22 minutes of each 50 minute period of instruction, then be sure you develop and follow a School Skills Training game plan for transforming kids into prepared, motivated students with positive attitudes.

 

Classroom Management School Skills Training Strategies


Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH SPECIFIC SCHOOL SKILLS
 

classroom management poster 226 Stop talking about the rules and start teaching the rules.

You wouldn't just talk about calculus because that doesn't teach students calculus.

When you just talk about the rules,
that doesn't teach students how to follow the rules.

Just talking about the rules is ineffective because so many youngsters don't have the
requisite needed skills to comply.

So, instead of just saying
poster203 "Dress appropriately" or "Don't miss class," provide specific instruction about what to wear, what not to wear, as well as attendance and punctuality.

Include skill training on key elements such as how often to wear dirty and stained clothes, how to be sure to have clean school clothes available, and so on.

Poster #203, pictured above, gives an unmistakable image of the problem behavior, and makes it tough for students to claim "But I didn't know what was considered saggy pants."

Poster #226, shown at left, can start the conversation about attendance. In the discussion, assist students to develop quantifiable guidelines, such as the number of times per class period to use the rest room during class, and how to plan to use the bathroom in between classes, and so on.

Stating the rules should always be just a small part of the process. To gain compliance with your rules, and have satisfactory classroom management, the main thrust must be to provide on-going instruction that gives students the skills they need to follow the rules.

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Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH MOTIVATION

career poster #180Schools seldom include motivation as part of their curriculum, but without motivation, education may seem irrelevant to students.

You need to actually "sell" school to your students. That's right. To provide thorough
School Skills Training, you have to show the value of education. It's obvious to you, not at all obvious to some of your students.

If you convince students of the value of school, you won't have to struggle so much with classroom management.

Motivated students recognize that school is as important as the air they breathe, and act accordingly.

It's your choice. You can continue to struggle to manage unmotivated, uninterested students, or you can take the time to show them the enormous benefits that school delivers, and
watch your classroom management problems moderate or go away entirely.

Poster #180 shows students how education is required to succeed in the contemporary work world.

To order this poster for $8, click here.

 

Stop Classroom Management Problems
BUILD POSITIVE ATTITUDES

Motivational Poster 168You don't have to just suffer students' negative attitudes all year long.

As part of School Skill Training, turnaround the negativity about school and education.

It's hard for students of any age to be sour and negative when you help them discover that a high school diploma is worth $329,000 more in salary over the course of their lifetime.

Consider asking students to stop referring to you as "teacher," and start referring to you as "banker."

Poster #168, shown at left, offers an attention-grabbing tool to start the process of reversing negative attitudes among your students.

Click to order this poster for $8.

 

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Innovative Classroom Management Techniques to Win the Race to the Top

 

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Innovative Classroom Management Techniques to
Win the Race to the Top

 


Here is the most overlooked solution to win education's "race to the top": Train kids to be successful students. It's the classroom management technique that makes sense and isn't just another passing fad.

Kids are not born instant students, magically knowing what to wear to school, how to interact with teachers, work hard, arrive on time, and be motivated.

Years ago, parents taught all that, but many families don't reliably prepare students in that manner any more. That means that many teachers are working with untrained, unmotivated, uninterested students, who act untrained, unmotivated, and uninterested. Since families no longer reliably provide this preparation, and schools don't offer it on a formal, comprehensive basis, it is unrealistic for educators to expect kids to have and use School Skills.

Without being formally and systematically taught all the specific School Skills they need, kids can no more just "know" how to be students, than they could just "know" geometry or spelling. For kids of any age to succeed as students, they must be provided training, and all the consequences in the world won't compensate for the lack of skills.

To expect kids to know how to be students without providing them any training, is no different than expecting kids to swim without providing them any training. Just as some youngsters might go down in the water, you see some youngsters going down in your school or agency.

To help more of your youngsters to stay afloat, you need to teach them the skills, motivation, and attitude they need to succeed in school.

So, make a resolution for the new year: Resolve to stop working with untrained students, and instead provide your students the School Skills training they need. You might spend the rest of your year working with trained, motivated, prepared students. That's the way to win your race to the top.
 

Improved Classroom Management Techniques


Train Kids to Be Students:
 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
STEP 1– Motivate, Motivate, Motivate
 

grammar posterIf you were enrolled in a class called "Everything You Need to
Know About Funeral Insurance," you'd run from the class as fast as you could because you saw no relevance. Sadly, some of your students view your class in the same light.

The difference is that the content you offer is critical for survival. It is critical that you use innovative, effective techniques to motivate students to appreciate the value of your content area before you start to teach it.

Otherwise, those students may absorb about the same amount of information you would learn in a semester of Funeral Insurance class. Without motivating students before commencing instruction, your race to the top, can quickly become a race to the bottom.

Poster #216 (shown above) uses humor to slip by any resistance students have, and can begin to convince youngsters that learning grammar could have importance. This device works great as a poster, worksheet, or written on your marker board. You can buy it here, or make your own.

 

Train Kids to Be Students:
 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
STEP 2– Skills, Skills, Skills
 

school rules poster 197Have you ever added up how much time you spend hassling unending School Skills problems instead of providing instruction? If you're typical, you lose a whopping 22 minutes of instruction time per hour hassling frustrating, nonstop problems like punctuality, attitude, participation, disruption, and not following the dress code.

What a waste of precious instruction time, yet that loss can be avoided if you teach School Skills prior to expecting them.

Shown above is Poster 197. It actually begins the process of teaching students how to follow your school's dress code policy. Use this item as a worksheet or poster, or discuss its content with students. However you use this technique, be sure you are teaching dress code skills in the same comprehensive way you teach academic skills.

Just stating expectations is not sufficient for successful academic instruction, and it's not sufficient for successful School Skills Training instruction either. Poster #197 is just a start; to teach students to follow the dress code, you have to teach them as thoroughly as you would teach any academic area. One quick intervention will not do the trick.

 

Train Kids to Be Students:


CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
STEP 3– Attitude, Attitude, Attitude


motivational posterIf you had spent the past 4 months, 5 days a week in Funeral
Insurance class, what's your attitude looking like right about
now?

Pretty horrible, right?

The same is true for students who have now spent 4 months in school, an experience they find as useless as your Funeral Insurance class. Until you adjust the negative attitudes, your content instruction can just be "blah-blah-blah" to students who view you and your class as completely bogus.

Cut through the negative attitudes by convincing students of the tremendous value you are offering them. Since grads earn $329,000 more than everyone else, be sure to "wow"
students by telling them that.

Poster 168, shown above, illustrates the point. You can use the phrase pictured on the poster, or make your own. Notice that the diploma on the poster is actually made of money. That might make an excellent discussion starter. Purchase Poster #168 here.

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Motivate Wannabe Sports Stars to Stay & Work in School

 

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Motivate Wannabe
Sports Stars
to Stay & Work in School

 

course instructor Ruth Herman WellsHi, this is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm the instructor for Youth Change's Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers online workshop, and all the other courses offered by Youth Change. I have dozens and dozens of unexpected, knock-your-socks-off methods to motivate unmotivated students.

Here are some of my favorite, most powerful classroom management methods to motivate students who are just totally and resolutely unmotivated. These methods are perfect for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as special ed students, charter school pupils, and children in juvenile justice and treatment centers.

 

Best Methods to
Motivate Students Who Are Unmotivated

And Plan to be Sports Stars So They Won't Need School

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm in the NFL"


sports star poster 169Many wannabe sports stars truly believe they will never need school or education. They're so certain that they're going to be pro athletes, not much reaches them to convince them otherwise.

For years, teachers and others have asked us for interventions that might convince these unmotivated students that they'll still need school and an education– whether they become sports stars or not.

Here is a brand new device that you can use verbally, or if you grab the intervention from our Facebook page, you can print it as a worksheet or poster.

Poster 169 (pictured above) says "Less than one in a million guys get into the NFL. There is that one guy and even he needs a diploma." That's right. NFL players need a high school diploma to get in. Shouldn't your students know that?

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm a Sports Star"


sports star motivational poster 170The motivational intervention may offer your wannabe sports stars information they didn't know.

You can use this intervention as a provocative mystery. It is also a sure-fire discussion-starter, or a captivating handout or motivational poster. It's Poster 170, but it's got so few words on it, you can quickly make your own if you prefer.

The intervention asks "What must every NBA, NFL, and MLB player have?" The answer is: a diploma. That answer may startle some of your unmotivated students. Some may actually become more interested in school.

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm in the NBA"
 

motivating school poster 35So many students yearn to get into the NBA, that we couldn't leave out that sport. For years, one of our best-selling posters has been Poster #35, pictured here. It's the perfect device motivate students who find school unnecessary to their future status as an NBA sports star.

Here is the information shown on that poster; you can use the information verbally: "Only 1 in 150,000 guys gets into the NBA. This is that one guy and even he needs a diploma."

For a follow-up activity, have students research which offers the best odds: Winning the lottery, being struck by lightening, or getting into the NBA. In our workshops (click), we provide lots of strategies for helping unmotivated students understand that they will need education whether they make it as a sports star or not. Hopefully, you'll find that the methods to motivate students that we've offered here should give you some innovative, compelling strategies to start using today.

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Inspirational Apathy-Buster Strategies That Inspire Apathetic Students to Aspire

 

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Inspirational
Apathy-Buster Strategies
That Inspire Apathetic Students to Aspire

 

 

If you've got apathetic students, we've got fantastic strategies for them.

workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsThis is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., author of many books and posters for apathetic students. We have so many awesome strategies to turnaround apathy, that it's hard to pick just a few favorite interventions for this issue. I hope you enjoy the strategies I've picked out for you and your students.

 

INSPIRE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE STUDENTS

poster for apathetic studentsIt can be tough to inspire students who are "anti-self" but this creative intervention can be a good start. The quote on the worksheet has been attributed to the late Les Paul. It says "The same power you have to destroy yourself, you have to save yourself." You can use this device verbally; it can quickly start a productive discussion. You could also enlarge the worksheet into a poster.

Here is a wonderful alternative activity: Ask your students to research the life of Les Paul, who overcome many challenges to reach great heights as a musician and inventor.

You can order Poster #166 here.


INSPIRE UNMOTIVATED STUDENTS

motivational classroom posterThe little thumbnail picture at left does not adequately capture the special graphic effects on this worksheet. When viewed at full size, the word "DIPLOMA" appears more hidden in the background, creating a bit of a subliminal effect. When students realize that the background also contains the answer to the sentence featured on the poster, they may have an "Aha!" moment that you might not accomplish with a more straightforward approach.

This intervention hinges on the reality that each degree doubles the dollars that students earn. A high school diploma tends to generate about $329,000 more income for graduates compared to dropouts. This handout highlights that in a very memorable fashion.

If you read this worksheet to young students and non-readers, this intervention can work with almost everyone. This device will work best as a worksheet but you can also use the information verbally. If you prefer experiential approaches, use $329,000 in play money to make the activity more vivid.

You can have students use art supplies or computer design programs to make diplomas out of money, or order Poster 168 here.

 

INSPIRE HONESTY

You are going to love this enjoyable, potent activity that can reduce lying. While this device works with almost any age group, it won't be useful to use with the 11-14% of your class that may be conduct disordered. However, this terrific experiential activity can have a lot of impact on the balance of your students.

To conduct this activity, you need lots of big books, or other heavy objects. Dictionaries work really well. Before starting, remind students of the requirement for you to report any disclosures that include safety concerns.

To begin the activity, initiate a discussion of lying. Part way into the discussion, ask for a student to volunteer to help with a demonstration. Select a student who has already revealed a lot of past lies– but be sure to pick a youngster who revealed lies that are not serious, consequential, or personal. Do not select youngsters who reveal lies that are serious, intimate, or personal. Ask that student to briefly re-state the first lie. As they speak, hand them the first big book.

Ask the student to say their second lie, and hand them another book. Continue the process until the student is having great difficulty holding all the books, or until the student drops some books, or the student declines to continue.

Discuss with the class how lies weigh you down until they become impossible to carry. Thanks to special ed teacher, Chris Wells for this creative, fun device.

 

INSPIRE SAD STUDENTS

Students often face struggles that their teachers and counselors can only imagine. Many students don't disclose the nature of their distress, and that makes it very hard to intervene.

Here is a powerful intervention that can help you better understand what your students face. If you have non-writers, you can do the writing portion of this activity as each youngster dictates to you.

Ask students to capture their year as if they were writing a Twitter tweet, which is just 140 characters. Reducing a year to 140 characters may reveal information that could be more readily hidden in conversation. Once you know more about the child's world view, you will have a better idea how to reach and inspire them.

You can adapt this idea to Facebook by asking students to give a several sentence long status update summarizing their year. You may permit some students to use graphics or music instead of just words. Before using this intervention, be sure to remind students that if they reveal abusive situations, that you are required to take protective action.

This intervention is better suited for use by counselors; if you are not a counselor, consult with one before using the device.

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You’ve Never Seen Student Motivational Strategies Like This Before

 

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You've Never Seen
Student Motivational Strategies Like This Before

 
 

 

motivational poster 284This issue is filled with brand new motivational strategies that you– our blog subscribers– are seeing before almost everyone else.

Plus, we have new online classes (with credit and hours) to help you solve student motivation problems before they start.

At right, you see Poster 284, another brand new motivational intervention. You can ask your students to create their own "Graduate Magazine" like the one shown here.
 

The Most Amazing Motivational Strategies

for the Most Unmotivated Students

 

It Slices! It Dices! It Graduates!

This intervention can be used in dozens of ways. It's a play on the type of glib, hard-to-forget slogans you hear in infomercials. It's a big hit at our workshops. Our inservice workshops are coming soon, so you can get more strategies like this one at that conference. If you have a bad budget, you can still attend because our blog subscribers can come for just $84, which is half-price. Click here for details.

Here's the motivational strategy– but remember this intervention works really well in lots of different ways– as a sign, poster, card, name tag, door hanger, t-shirt, or even as a note on your board.

Write on the sign, poster, or whatever modality you choose: "Ask me how to earn $329,000." (That is how much more students will earn if they get a high school dipoma.)

 

Motivation: the Movie

View our new, free video tutorials on motivating unmotivated students. (We also have longer online video classes on motivational strategies too.) These videos are packed with ideas to motivate students. These strategies are such big stars that they've got their own movies. This is such a quick, easy way to learn a lot of dynamic student motivational methods in a short time.

Even better, for now, these video tutorials are free. We hope you'll give our new movies great reviews.

 

You Have the Power

Here are some inspiring words to urge your students to finish school. These words could be on a poster on your wall, or they can be used verbally. These words are intended for use with students who are in crisis, using substances, self-destructive, or involved in self-harming behaviors.

Say: "The same power that you have to destroy yourself, you have to save yourself." The words are attributed to Les Paul, the legendary musician, who overcame enormous difficulty to reach his dreams. A good follow-up activity: ask students to read about Les Paul's determination.


It's Your Choice: Twice the Pain or Twice the Gain?

Hopefully you've already been teaching your students that being a high school dropout is like starting a race miles behind everyone else. As we've told you in past issues of this blog, dropouts are the last hired and the first fired. When economics are rough like right now, dropouts suffer disproportionately.

Here is just one example that makes a great motivational strategy. The higher the education level, the lower the unemployment rate. That may happen because grads have more education and skills to fall back on. How disproportionate does it get? Dropouts' unemployment is about twice that of peers who graduate– and just one more of a million reasons to finish school.

 

There's No "Q" in Classroom

This intervention would work best as a poster on your wall. Write "There's no QUIT in this classroom. How can I help you succeed?"

Next, dialogue with students about how you can assist them throughout this school year– even when they feel like quitting because a task is hard, or they are faced with other kinds of problems.

This is a perfect intervention for work refusers. Work refusers tend to be a very hot topic in our live workshops. We spend hours on them. If you can't attend a live inservice course with us, hopefully this intervention will help a bit.

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Free Student Worksheets to Cheer You Up in a Down Economy

 

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Free Student Worksheets to
Cheer You Up in a Down Economy

 
 

 

workshop instructor Ruth WellsHi, I'm Youth Change Professional Development Workshops' Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I know you're going to love the free student worksheets packed into this blog issue.

Like us, you are probably quite tired of the nonstop depressing economic news. You may be worried about keeping your job, coping with furloughs, or have to cut services to your youngsters.

While we can't help with the state of the economy, and the terrible impact it is having on you and your students, we can help brighten up your world a little bit with some free worksheets.

This issue is full of free worksheets that may help you stay committed and energized even when it may feel like things are crumbling around you. Remember: Youth Change Workshops is on your side in good times and bad.

Free Student Worksheets & Resources

 

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student motivational poster 149FREE
MOTIVATIONAL
PRINTABLE WORKSHEET

Here is a very timely printable worksheet. If there is anything good to come out of the rough economic times, perhaps it is that a diploma is an easier "sell" than ever before. When bosses have 700 applicants for a single job, name one legitimate, legal reason why they would hire a dropout or uneducated person over a high school graduate?

Click here to view and get this free student worksheet without charge. The worksheet is a PDF and you should have no problem opening and printing it. We regret that we can't offer tech assistance for no-fee items so consult your site tech support for help if you have problems. We also sell this item as Poster 149; click to view this worksheet as a poster. The printable shows a laptop screen that says "Will Work for Electricity." The caption says "Meet the Competition. Any job you can do without a diploma, a computer can do better."

Obviously, this printable makes a compelling discussion-starter. For an interesting discussion focus, ask students to name all the problems that human employees can generate that a computer doesn't. For example, computers don't arrive late or take bathroom breaks ever. Make sure that your students notice that computers don't ever make excuses.


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classroom poster 9FREE
MOTIVATIONAL
PRINTABLE WORKSHEET

Here is one of our most popular worksheets. It's also Poster 9. It makes the perfect discussion starter– especially for students who have claimed that school and education offer very little of value. Download this resource as a free student worksheet here.

 

 

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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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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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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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Oh Wow! Student Motivational Methods

 

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Oh Wow!

 

Student Motivational Methods

 
 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

This is issue is packed with innovative, new student motivational methods that are just so surprisingly different and powerful that you will want to start using them immediately.

I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I'm the person that created these motivational methods for elementary, middle and high school students. I truly hope you find them to be effective and easy to use.

You can use the phrases and ideas that make up the motivational techniques as shown on the posters below. Alternatively, you can make your own versions of the posters, have your students do that, or purchase the posters here. Many of these posters are included as free handouts here if you want to go through our long page of free methods and techniques.

 

More Student Motivational Methods That Work
 

Breaking News! All Jobs Now Require a Diploma!

Motivational School PosterThis intervention is so surprising that even your co-workers may react with shock. It is such a potent device that it won't just jar your students– it may grab the attention of anyone who sees it– even adults.

As you can see from the picture at left, the poster proclaims that "All jobs now require a diploma." The small text at the bottom says "Think this poster is scary? Try life without a diploma."

The text at the bottom may be small but it may also be haunting. This intervention works as both a handout or wall poster, plus you could use this device verbally.

 


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Your Diploma: The Real Value Meal

motivational methodMany students are quite vocal about not wanting to work in fast food. They may be equally vocal about not wanting to do anything in school.

Here is a device that may propel students who disdain a career in fast food, to care a bit more about finishing school. This intervention and the next intervention below, will give you two new tools to transform students' dislike of working in fast food into renewed interest in school.

These devices will only work with students who dislike fast food jobs, and should only be used with that portion of your students.

This device can be used as a handout or poster and says: "Which Side of the Counter Do You Prefer? Get a Diploma, the Real-Value Meal."

This item is Poster 131.

 

Finish School and Super-Size Your Life

motivational poster 129Here is a second device for students who disdain a career in fast food.

Like the intervention above, it is meant to parlay students' dislike for fast food jobs into renewed interest in school.

Use this device as a handout or poster. It says: "Don't Want to Spend Your Life Flipping Burgers? Get a Diploma. Super-Size Your Life."

This item is Poster #129 if you prefer to purchase it.

 

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The 7 Best New School Success Strategies for 2007: Creative Methods to Jump-Start Your Students’ New Year

 

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The 7 Best New School Success Strategies for 2007:

  Creative Methods to Jump-Start Your Students' New Year

 
 

 

Here are some brand new interventions for the brand new year. All these devices offer you exciting new methods to build school success this year.

 

School Success Strategies That Work Best

 

Do You Know Where You're Going?

student success activityGive students pictures of a luggage tag. (You can use the one shown if wish. Just click "Save as" then save it. Next, print it from nearly any word processing or graphics program. You can also alter it using those programs if you wish.)

You can cut out the tag to look like an actual luggage tag if you want. Tell students that they are beginning a trip. Tell them that it is a trip through life. Ask students to write down on the luggage tag exactly where they will end up.

Many students will insist that they don't know for sure. You can reply "If you don't know where you're going, then you should be sure to take with you everything you could possibly need. Do you agree?"

Most students will agree that they should take everything from a bikini to a winter coat so they will be ready to function wherever they arrive. Once students acknowledge the need to take everything they might need, let them expand on their assertions, emphatically noting how vulnerable a person might be without that winter coat or without that passport.

Next, write on the board: "Don't Know Where You're Going? Education Will Take You There." (Other options: "Education: Don't Leave Home Without It" and "Education: Will You Have It When You Need It?") Discuss with students if they don't know exactly where they are going, might education be needed when they arrive?

 

Can You Pay the Cost of Living?

It's expensive just to live. Dropouts and people with less education and skills often earn minimum wage, currently $5.15 per hour in many states.

Help your students to do a little math. Based on the current estimated cost of living of $40,000 for an urban family of four, a minimum wage worker must work 150 hours per week–  but there are only 168 hours in a week. That means working all but 2-1/2 hours of every day!

motivation book If instead, two adults in the family both work at minimum wage, each must work 75 hours a week, or about 11 hours per day, way more than a typical eight hour day.

To potently convey the concept to students who think a school day is long, have them imagine going to school from 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.

This intervention works best if you help your students discover these facts by doing the math with them. Consider adding in this last fact once you have thoroughly discussed this data.

Note that the numbers are actually worse than indicated because they do not include the tax burden that shaves about one-third off of take-home pay. That fact, offered late in the game, can really get students' attention. Learn more about the book shown above, Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers. It's available as a book or instant ebook, and has dozens more innovative, motivational strategies like the ones listed here.

 

The Cost of Staying Alive

This intervention is the perfect follow-up to the preceding strategy. Put this statement on the board, then discuss: The average cost of health care is $300 per month, then it gets expensive.

This data is based on a family of four. To adjust this data for smaller families, you can deduct only a small amount– just 10% per person. Ouch. It can be expensive to just stay alive. Be sure your students discover this.


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Like Trying to Tame the Ocean

This intervention is for students who attempt the impossible. For example, a youngster can strive to fix their deeply troubled family, or a student may want to undo his family's recent move to a new state.

This school success intervention is to help students to consider letting go of things that they can not change or improve anyway. To use this device, ask the student if they would ever try to control the ocean. The student will say that no one can control the ocean.

After you receive that response, you can let the student know that their efforts are the equivalent of trying to tame the ocean of its waves. Instead battling the ocean, encourage young people to ride the waves so they end up in a new and better place.


Where to Keep Your Diploma

This school success intervention can be used in an off-the-cuff manner, or you can have students make posters to illustrate it. Be sure to put the completed posters on the wall as on-going motivators.

The idea is based on the fact that grads earn $329,000 more than dropouts per lifetime. Teach your students– "Your diploma: So valuable, it belongs in your wallet."

 


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No Such Thing Called Regret

There are so many times that youngsters decide to engage in problematic behavior only to then later express regret about their decision. Certainly expressions of regret are important, but you may be troubled when the regret appears to be offered as a way to moderate or avoid the normal consequences.

Here is a wonderful conversation starter from a practicum student at a girls' residential treatment center. I'll let her explain: "I don't believe in the word regret. It allows you to cover up your choices with that one word. I feel like it allows you to not own up to what you did. If I punch someone in the face, they may hit me back, I regret that I got hit back…You can't have your cake and eat it too."

While this school success intervention will only work with students who can process abstract information, it can be the start of an intriguing discussion. You may want to have your group advise you on how regret should be considered in decisions to moderate– or not moderate– consequences. You can relate this discussion to how the "real world" reacts to expressions of regret.

If you decide to incorporate references to some of the recent incidents involving well-publicized celebrity misbehavior, that could draw a broader range of students into the discussion.

 

Have Happy New School Year

This intervention isn't new but it is such a good intervention that we do like to give it out annually. This device is designed for youth who are negative or discouraged about school. (This device can be altered to work in treatment centers and other settings by simply changing the focus from school to your setting.)

Because it is the start of a new year, hold a Happy New School Year party. Don't just have a party; be sure to make new school year resolutions. Have paper ready so the students can write down specific commitments for the new year that they are ready to make.

It is very hard to be negative and sour when you are "toasting" your school success resolutions. To be creative, you can have the students insert the resolutions into balloons, then blow the balloons up and release. (Be sure to be release the balloons indoors or in a way that won't damage the environment.)

You can also have students make small wooden boats out of popsicle sticks or wood scraps, then put the resolutions on the boats. Next, release the boats on a lake or other body of water.

What a lovely way to help students care about success in school.

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