Professional Development: The Fastest Fix for Classroom Management Problems

 

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Professional Development:

The Fastest Fix for

Classroom Behavior Management Problems


Includes FREE Classroom Management Online Course

 

 

teacher classroom managementDo you ever dread going into work because of serious, persistent classroom behavior management problems? If you're like many teachers, the focus of your day is not teaching academics. The truth is that much of your day may revolve around discerning how to best manage  defiant, disrespectful, apathetic, non-compliant, misbehaved, disruptive and rude students.

Hello from Youth Change Professional Development Workshops director, Ruth Herman Well, M.S. I'm going to explain both virtual and in-person professional development options and ease any confusion or apprehension you may be experiencing. After 25 years providing professional development to teachers, counselors, court workers and social workers, I think I'm getting to be an expert on the topic.

Years ago, you had to wait for a solution to discover how to best prevent and manage the worst classroom management problems. You could wait for an inservice workshop to come near you or you could hope that your school district scheduled a professional development inservice day that would provide answers. Now, you can access solutions immediately. The good news is that help is immediately available. The bad news is that it can be confusing trying to understand and locate all the newest professional development options for your specific classroom management issues. This article is going to quickly help clarify all of that.
 

Fast Teacher Professional Development Options

to Fix Classroom Management Problems
 

professional development courseOnline Professional Development Courses
 

Courses now can come to wherever you are. No more trudging out to a university classroom or a conference room. You can take most online courses in your classroom at school or while you are home or at the gym.

Online courses come in different types. You may prefer one format over another. Most commonly, online courses are videos that operate just like a YouTube video. You can start, stop, pause and replay them at will. Normally, online courses play on most electronic devices including smart phones, computers, tablets and laptops. Sometimes, online courses are PowerPoint presentations that you click through frame by frame, or the PowerPoint slide show may play like a video. Occasionally, online courses simply require that you read an online book or series of web pages. Typically, the online book is in PDF format.

Most online courses require that you take a test or quiz to receive clock hours, CEUs or college credit. Usually, the entire process is completed electronically. That means that your homework or quiz is completed and transmitted online, as is your certificate of completion or other documentation.

If you have never tried an online professional development course, here is your chance to try one free. This free online professional development workshop will give you immediate help to solve one of your worst classroom management problems: poor motivation.  Auditing this free online training class will help you get acquainted with newer professional development formats without spending any money. This sampling will show you how easy it is to immediately solve classroom management problems online with the right professional development course.

The free online course is called Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers and is geared for teachers and counselors who work with elementary, middle and high school students. This online class is a PowerPoint presentation that plays like a video. Through February 25, 2016, you can watch the online class free– this link has been removed since it has expired. (Clock hours will not be available for this free online class but you can purchase the online course here to earn 1 clock hour if you wish. The free course will not be available after 2-25-16 when the link here will be disabled. This is a limited time opportunity.) If you read this article after the link has expired, you can consider taking a look at our many low cost online courses to help you better prevent and manage K-12 classroom management concerns. You can view all of Youth Change's online professional development courses for teachers and counselors.

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teacher professional development Professional Development Webinar
 

A webinar is an online professional development course that happens live. This term confuses a lot of people because live webinars are often recorded and then offered later as pre-recorded online courses that play like a video. Both the live and pre-recorded formats can provide you quick help to prevent or stop classroom management dilemmas.

In a live webinar, the course streams live to people who are scattered around the world, the country, state, city, school district or school. Everyone is hearing and seeing the same content at the same time. Communication can be two way, meaning that participants can talk to the instructor and ask questions or make comments. If the webinar is being viewed by a large number of people, there is often a moderator who will arrange for the questions to be posed and answered at pre-set times. Or, questions sometimes are answered right when they are posed.

It is necessary to have special software, or to use a special web platform to present or participate in a webinar. Participants watch on their computer screen, tablet, smart phone or TV screen after logging on. The presenter can be seen teaching, or slides, video or other content can be shown on the screen at other times. Participants are not usually recorded visually, but questions can be offered verbally and that verbiage recorded. Often, questions are typed by the participant and the moderator verbally communicates the question to the presenter and the audience.

Participants can enroll individually or as a group, so an entire school staff could all watch a webinar together. Absent staff could eventually view the recorded webinar. This option can ensure that even absent staff members receive the same professional development training. Webinars can focus on any topic and when presented to a single school or district, for example, they can quickly target a top classroom management issue and zero in on solutions that will be heard by the entire school or district staff. View Youth Change's professional development webinars.

 

online professional development coursesIn-Person and On-Site Professional Development
 

In-person and on-site professional development workshops are still available to solve classroom management problems. No virtual format can compare with face to face contact and actually meeting and experiencing a presenter. In-person professional development allows for individuation in a way that virtual formats don't. Participants can ask privately about delicate situations, something that would be problematic during electronic instruction.

A common complaint about virtual professional development for teachers is that it is hard to focus and concentrate. When a teacher participates in a webinar or online course, it is easy to be distracted by the usual work problems. When a teacher travels to a conference or the school closes for inservice training, the distractions are usually greatly reduced.

Virtual professional development isn't always customizable. Pre-recorded online courses are not customizable at all. Live courses, whether on-site or in general session, can be completely customizable. For example, our live courses always begin with participants naming the student behavior problems that they wish to cover during the workshop. Live webinars can be similarly customized. Youth Change's next live workshops are coming soon to Seattle and Portland. Find information on those live workshops here. You can register 2 for 1 until 5-4-16. Scholarships are also offered by calling 503-982-4220.

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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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An Expert’s Guide How to Select Teacher Professional Development

 

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An Expert's Guide
How to Select Teacher Professional Development

 
 

 

We know all about booking the best professional development for your teachers, counselors, special educators or youth professionals. We're the experts at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops and we're going to guide education professional development speakeryou step-by-step through the confusing world of finding excellent staff training or booking a great speaker for your next conference, school inservice day or counseling convention.

My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I'll be your guide. I've been a speaker for more than two decades and I'll share what I've learned with you here.

 

1. Identify Your Focus

Too often, we get phone calls from schools, conferences or districts asking for inservice but they are unclear on their focus. Different speakers zero in on distinctly different topic areas so know your focus area before you even begin to look for the right training for your staff.

professional development tipTIP: If you aren't sure exactly what is your most pressing training area, survey your staff and look for repeat requests and priority issues. Priority issues should include safety concerns, student motivation and basic classroom management concerns. If a school or class is unsafe, or if many students are unmotivated or out of control, a focus on academics or other areas will likely be wasted as safety, motivation and well-managed students are essential to everything else that happens at your site.

 

2. Identify the Results You Want

Once you are clear on the focus for your training, you need to figure out exactly what results you are seeking. We hear all the time about school and agency staff sitting through professional development trainings that delivered lots and lots of theory– but the hope had been to get immediately useable techniques. Before you begin your speaker search, make sure you are clear on what you hope to accomplish and whether you are seeking theoretical or practical solutions. Watch out for cookie-cutter workshops that are pre-fabricated and not tailored to your site, your students and your staff's exact needs.

teacher professional development guideTIP: Try to quantify the results you are hoping to achieve. For example, if classroom management is a top issue, you may want results that include a reduction in students referred to the principal for class disruption. Other examples: a reduction in the number of students suspended and improved attendance.

 

 

3. Choose a Delivery Method

In today's world, you have options beyond in-person workshops. While there is no question that in-person is the most effective delivery vehicle for most professional development courses, online training is an option to consider– especially if you are on a tight budget.

professional development tipsDEFINITIONS

Here are the terms to know:

An In-Person Course is provided live either at your site or at a general session hosted by the workshop provider.

General Session Workshops are live and open to anyone. They're sponsored by the course provider. See a sample of a general session workshop.

On-Site Workshops are in-person courses held at your conference, site or at your choice of site for your staff or whoever you decide to include. You can charge others to attend on-site training workshops. You can also use on-site training as a fund raiser by charging others a fee to enroll. View information on on-site training.

An Online Course is a pre-recorded workshop typically offered as a video or in a PowerPoint slide show format. There may or may not be the opportunity for questions or follow-up concerns following an online course. View examples of online courses.

A Webinar is a live course that participants view from their computer or other device as it happens. There may be the chance to interact with the instructor, often by typing questions. Recorded webinars can be later offered as online courses. 

All types of in-person and online workshops can offer college credit and clock hours.

To get a better look at what online workshops are about, look at one of our free mini-professional development online workshops.

 

4. Where to Look for Speakers and Workshops

Now that you know your focus, your goals and the formats that you are willing to consider, you are ready to search for the right speaker and the right workshop for your site.

You can certainly use a search engine to start looking for either live, online or on-site workshops. For example, to find Youth Change Professional Development Workshops, many searchers input "classroom management workshop," "how to motivate unmotivated students workshop," "classroom management speaker" or "school violence expert."

For general sessions and online courses, you just sign up to attend. For on-site training, it's a bit more complicated as you will read further below.

K12 education speakers bureauTo find a speaker or workshop for an on-site presentation, the other major search option is to use a speakers bureau. We love the two bureaus that we work with the most. They move heaven and earth to make sure that conference and inservice planners get everything they hoped for and so much more. We can heartily recommend Premiere Speakers Bureau and AEI Speakers Bureau. Here is what Youth Change Workshops' listing looks like at Premiere Speakers Bureau and at AEI.

Speakers bureaus do all the work for you and get that speaker to you on time no matter what. Sometimes the cost of a workshop or speaker can be the same whether you book directly with the provider or go through a speakers bureau. However, using a bureau can cost more as the bureau does take a portion of the speaker's fee you pay; many speakers raise their fee to cover that extra cost.

There are also Speaker Listing websites that list speakers without representing them. Here is how Youth Change Workshops looks on one of them.

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5. Costs for Speakers and Workshops

Online workshops can be quite affordable. Our online courses start at just $39 and include free clock hours. Tuition for our general session workshops start at $169.

Fees vary wildly for live on-site speakers. Generally, you can expect to pay a premium for any speaker who is a big name in their niche, and the more famous, the more you will spend. However, the size of the fee doesn't guarantee that you get the professional development you want. Speaker fees are not small. Because most speakers travel a long way to your site, expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars, probably more.

Most speakers charge not just a speaking fee but they also bill the host for air and ground travel, per diem and more. Some will also charge for the course workbook and by the number of participants. That can make it hard to calculate your final total to ensure it fits your budget. While this practice is the most common, it is not universal. Fortunately, there are speakers who buck the trend and use a simple flat fee instead.

K12 professional development tipsTIP: Here at Youth Change Workshops, we have always used a flat fee charge for speaking, with one single cost for everything. We don't add any fees for workbooks, participants, college credit or clock hours. The flat fee includes all travel and makes planning easy. Although flat fee is not common, we think it should be because anything that makes it easier on the host is the right way to operate. You may agree and decide to work only with speakers who offer a flat fee option.

 

professional development training tipTIP: Be sure when you compare flat fees with standard fees that you factor in the likely final cost you'll actually pay with the standard fee. Flat fees are financially best for the host because the speaker is covering everything and must absorb any unexpected costs. Compared to flat fees, standard speaking fees usually end up being a less favorable financial outcome for the host who has to pay for many more expenses, cover many more items and absorb unexpected costs.

 

 

6. What to Ask to Find the Right
Professional Development Speaker or Workshop

As noted earlier, the key element is to be sure to ask speaking candidates about their ability to help you reach your quantifiable goals. You should also ask for workshop flyers, course outlines, letters of reference, fee sheet, participant evaluations, press coverage, awards, clips and experience providing training on your topic in your type of setting. Also be sure to ask about the contract and fee payment arrangement. Some speakers require a deposit. Most speakers and speakers bureau only book on a nonrefundable basis. Why? It is hard to re-sell dates at the last moment. Be sure to check what happens if inclement weather, travel disruption or other unexpected event interferes with your professional development event.

 

7. Speaker and On-Site Workshop Contracts

Some speakers and bureaus have lengthy contracts for on-site training events but here are some of the basics that must be included on whatever paperwork you get: Date, times, place, topic, speaker name, fee, fee due date, cancelation/change policy, information on any additional charges, and AV and other setup needs. Nonrefundable, noncancellable dates are the industry standard as last-minute speaker rebooking usually isn't possible, and when it comes down to it, speakers sell dates.

If you will need to use a purchase order or proprietary school district or conference document, find out if the speakers bureau or speaker will accept it.

 

8. Certificates, College Credit and Clock Hours

Your staff may want or need certificates of completion, college credit or professional development hours from the training they attend. Ask if this is an option, and ask about costs. There is huge variation on the costs, from free to quite expensive. Here at Youth Change, we provide most certificates of completion and clock hours free, and our college credit is under $50.

Some professional development providers work with universities that charge a lot for credit. However, as long as the university is a regionally accredited university, the credit will work for degrees, salary increases, etc. Many regionally accredited universities charge very reasonable fees for credit that is just as valuable as that from a most expensive university. For example, we love working with Seattle Pacific University, a widely recognized, regionally accredited university with fantastic customer service for students, yet they charge just $45 per credit.

 

9. Follow-Up

Here at Youth Change, we warranty all our past participants, whether they participate in a live, on-site or online training event. That means we offer Live Expert Help, email help and toll-free phone help indefinitely. We also make it easy for our past participants to repeat our classes should they ever need to. Find out how the workshop provider will support your training participants once the live or online event is over.

 

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Useful, Easy, Affordable Online Teacher Professional Development

 

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Affordable Summer

Online
Teacher Professional Development

 
 

 

teacher professional developmentYes, summer is almost here, but  a teacher's work is never done. If you're going to have to set aside some time over summer vacation to earn the college credit or teacher professional development clock hours you're going to need for licensure or to complete a grad degree, we can help.

The image shown at right is taken from Youth Change's Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Online Workshop. It shows how the online class video can appear on a desktop computer screen. The user could have instead have elected to make the video take over the entire screen rather than just part of it for an experience that is more like watching a television rather than a computer screen.

Youth Change Workshops is ready for summer with an online catalog of lively, effective, affordable, useful teacher professional development courses.

teacher professional development classesIf you've never tried an online teacher professional development course before, imagine this: You're lying on the beach, soaking up the sun, listening to the waves and earning college grad credit and clock hours at the same time. That's right. The world of professional development has shifted from drafty meeting rooms to warm and sunny beaches– or wherever you happen to be. All you need is an internet-capable device and a way to connect to the internet. You're going to love teacher training on the go.

You can also say good-bye to sky-high prices for teacher training. Online courses like the professional development offerings from Youth Change, start at budget prices. You can take a one hour course and earn one clock hour or CEU and the cost for all that is just $39.

There are countless providers of online teacher professional development, but according to our evaluations, we're pleased that our students find that Youth Change Workshops is providing some of the most useful and affordable training anywhere.

Online professional development can do more than get teachers the clock hours and college graduate credit they need. Online teacher classes, like those that we provide, can deliver ready-to-use solutions for classroom management problems, poor student motivation, and all the other behavioral, social, academic and coping problems that your elementary, middle or high school students present all school year long.

online teacher workshopYouth Change's most popular online course is called Control Uncontrollable Students and it is a great example of an affordable online P.D. course that delivers enormous benefit. This course shows exactly how to avoid serious classroom management problems like defiance, bad attitudes, disrespect, violence, property damage, verbal abuse, peer conflict, bullying and cyberbullying. While you sit on the beach, you could be also learning how to stop serious student discipline problems before they even start.

If you're someone who is normally reluctant to try anything that involves computers or technology, don't let your hesitation stop you. Taking an online teacher professional development class is as easy as clicking "Play" on a YouTube video or any other video. If you can find the "Play"  button on a DVR remote control, then you can find the "Play" button for an online professional development class.

Don't take our word for it. See how very easy it is to take an online training course. Simply click "Play" on the video below and watch an online mini-professional development for teachers that shows how to improve students' motivation for school. If you can figure out how to watch this mini-professional development online class, then you figure out how to watch a full-size online course too.

 

 

Most internet-capable devices can play most online professional development classes. That means that you can usually watch the online class on your computer, laptop, tablet, mini-tablet, TV, smart phone or PDA. No matter where you are, you have professional development at your fingertips.


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teacher professional developmentIf you're still nervous about taking teacher professional development courses online, then choose a provider that will help you with any surprises that do develop. Youth Change is a professional development provider that provides exceptional customer care and will talk you through anything you can't figure out for yourself.

Finally, when you select your online professional development provider, be sure that you can receive clock hours, CEUs, professional development units, or college credit. As you may have guessed, even the certificate that documents your clock hours is transmitted to you online via email. Professional development providers like Youth Change also now conduct most aspects of the college credit process online too.

teacher professional developmentThroughout the internet, you can find online classes on many K-12 education topics. Youth Change specializes in providing information-packed, online classes on classroom management. Our titles include Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers, Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth and Transform Kids Into Students. See our full online teacher professional development course list here.

So, this summer, don't get stuck taking days away from fun in the sun to get the professional development credit and clock hours you need. Instead, combine fun in the sun with online teacher training, and keep a little more summer for yourself. You'll be extending your summer while discovering how to reduce student misconduct when school re-starts this fall. Short of getting a longer summer vacation, online professional development classes may be the best thing that can happen to a teacher.

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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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professional development classWe've gotten a makeover. Not me. Actually, it's our website that has gotten a pretty dramatic makeover, the first in a very long time.

Hi. This is Ruth Herman Wells, Director of Youth Change Workshops. I'm the one teaching a professional development course in the picture shown at right.

Below you can see a picture of our new, improved, better-than-ever professional development resource website. Take a look at our "Before" and "After" glamor shots. Don't worry. Our site is now very beautiful, but still packed with serious answers for all your most serious student behavioral, emotional and motivational problems.
 

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Youth Change's site is bigger than ever before and better organized. There are still tons of free behavior management strategies, worksheets, expert help, and tutorials.

We are still sending our free sample student behavior improvement worksheets by mail. This  Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog for teachers, counselors, social workers, juvenile justice workers and guidance staff is still being emailed to you each month, and it's still free too. Not a subscriber? Sign up here.
 

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If you take a look at our new website and use this email link before April 5, 2013 to tell us what you think, we'll send you all the cool resources shown below for free. We think the resources below offer such effective strategies to prevent and manage students' behavior, motivation and emotional problems, that they can help your students look like they've had a makeover too.

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Classroom Management Problems Solved: Professional Development Solutions At Your Fingertips

 

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Classroom Management Problems Solved:

Professional Development Solutions
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education speaker Ruth Herman WellsYouth Change Workshops has been providing training to educators and mental health workers for more than two decades, but some of the classroom management problems we’ve been hearing about lately just seem to be in a league of their own. We’re hearing about students shoving teachers, students refusing to follow staff directions, and we’re hearing about kids who refuse to even wear shirts in the classroom. Fortunately, we know how to help.

I’m Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops. Our classroom management methods were created to target your most defiant, utterly unmanageable students. If you have a few or a lot of students who fit that description, you’ll use every word in this blog article.

Some tips to managing unmanageable students are below, but, even better, for a limited time, we’re letting our subscribers try our new online class, Control the Uncontrollable Student without any charge. This fast professional ezinetag10development seminar will show you how to get back in charge of oppositional students, and how to stay in charge of these challenging youngsters if you’ve been successfully managing them so far. The Control the Uncontrollable Student Online Class (click) is normally $39, but you will get the course with no charge if you take the two easy steps described below.

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Classroom Management Survival Tips
Controlling Unmanageable Students

Start with Excellent Follow-Through

Even if you want to have warm, friendly bonds with students, you absolutely need to start your school year with tight, firm, consistent classroom management. That means that if you set rules, you enforce those rules. Period. And, yes, that means no “not noticing” infractions that might be difficult to address. Students may be counting on just that reaction. Remember that many acting-out students read us like comic books and know us perhaps better than we know ourselves. Either you start off strong, or you will be stuck trying to fix classroom management problems that are much, much harder to fix than get right the first time. If you start off too tough, students won’t protest when you ease up. If you start off too weak, you’re in for a big battle when you attempt to tighten up.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

No teacher would ever attempt to put all students in a single size of desk, or have all students use a single math book. You are used to tailoring your classroom to meet the specific needs of each child. That approach now needs to be extended to student discipline. One-size-fits-all discipline doesn’t work with seriously misbehaved students. If “nothing” seems to work to rein in your most difficult students, now you know what is going wrong. Read below for more on how to fix it.

 

Test Your Classroom Management Methods Now

Here’s a quick test for you to gauge your classroom management intervention strategies: If you are using relationship-based approaches like character ed and values clarification, for example, you are using inappropriate strategies that are almost certainly doomed to fail. Many of your most out-of-control youngsters are “wired” differently than other students. Recent research into the brain has now confirmed what mental health and juvenile corrections staff have suspected all along: you must switch to interventions that avoid relationship elements. These youngsters will generally behave worse if you don’t. It’s critical that you learn the more effective, specialized techniques required with this type of student. If you want to see methods that have been crafted and tested to work better, the online course, Control the Uncontrollable Student, is offered to you without charge above for a brief time.

 

Get a Mini Skills Upgrade

Here is a list of the most critical do’s and don’ts for working with the toughest students to manage. If you memorize these, and carefully adhere to the list, it’s a place to start. This mini skills upgrade is no substitute for more extensive learning, so more comprehensive professional development options are shown below.

DO: Provide far more than minimum sanctions so students can’t evaluate the risk of consequences for misbehavior. DO: Keep the sanctions very steep to minimize misbehavior. DO: Make sure every interaction with severely acting-out students includes a focus on the one thing they care about most– me-me-me. DO: Be wary of heartfelt apologies and don’t reduce sanctions for tears and “sorrys.” DO: Function as part of a cohesive team. Staff interaction problems result in students playing and winning at Divide and Conquer.

DON’T: Debate or discuss. Just talk then walk instead of being played during prolonged discussions. DON’T: Give second chances. DON’T: Be so predictable. When students can forecast your actions, they arrange their misconduct accordingly, perhaps misbehaving at 10 AM when you normally leave the room momentarily. DON’T: Interact in a mode other than businesslike; heart-to-heart is the path to being played. DON’T: Doubt your ability to manage acting-out students because they can smell uncertainty from afar. Find a boss or mentor to help if you are uncertain. No strategy can compensate for uncertainty.

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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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Pop Quiz: Are You Using Yesterday’s Teacher Training with Today’s Students?

 

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Pop Quiz: Are You Using Yesterday's Teacher Training with Today's Students?

 
 

 

The Obama administration has already begun questioning whether contemporary teacher professional development training sufficiently prepares teachers to best educate contemporary students. As one of the nation's premier providers of innovative teacher professional development, we share that concern.

At our workshops, teachers often express dismay that their training did not adequately prepare them to win the race for the top. We also hear a lot of comments that educator training prepares teachers for a world where guns meant water pistols and gangs meant West Side Story. Many of our course participants say that conventional teacher training is stuck in the past, with an all-consuming focus on content, testing and theory.

Since practical training takes a back seat to the theoretical, many teachers are left feeling unprepared to manage today's students who present significantly greater behavioral, emotional, familial and social problems than youngsters in the past. If teachers can't manage these huge contemporary roadblocks to learning, then training on content, testing and theory is somewhat wasted. A teacher fighting a losing battle to stay in charge of an out-of-control classroom isn't able to effectively teach content– never mind test students on what they've learned.

Practical answers geared to work with today's students can help. If you have attended our professional development course or closely followed this internet magazine, you may find that you do have the answers you need to win our 21st century race for the top. Here's a quiz to test your teacher training, and your readiness for the 21st century classroom.

 

Teacher Training

Pop Quiz
 

Questions:

1. Who is the hardest-to-manage, most potentially violent kid, and how must you work with him differently than everybody else?

 

  • Bonus Question: If you work with this hard-to-manage child using the same approaches you use with everyone else, what is likely to happen?

 

2. There may be just 3 major ways that kids can respond to adult directions. Name the 3 ways.

 

  • Bonus Question: What is the only effective way to get children to comply with adult directions?
     

3. Name the student most likely to drop out.
 

Bonus Question: What other problems will this child quite likely face?

 

4. Who are the kids at highest risk of extreme violence?

 

  • Bonus Question: Why do you work differently with each of these kids?

 

5. Other than violence prevention, name the single most important school readiness skill to teach to students. (Hint: Most schools don't have a formal plan to teach it, but they all require it)

 

  • Bonus Question: When is the time to teach this skill?

 


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Answers:
Detailed, follow-up resources follow the Scoring section

1. CONDUCT DISORDERS
"Conduct disorder" is a mental health term that essentially means that the child is sociopathic. A whopping 11-14% of today's students may be conduct disordered vs 2-3% years ago.That means you have at least one or two of these unmanageable youngsters in your classroom. Conduct disorders can be the 1% of students who take 99% of your time. While you can continue to successfully use relationship-based approaches with any other child, these methods inevitably fail with conduct disorders who, by definition, can't relate normally to others. Use yesterday's methods with conduct disorders and you will quickly discover "nothing works."

 

  • Bonus Question: If you use conventional relationship-based approaches with conduct disorders, it conveys to them that you do not understand them. It may be close to painting a target on your chest. Actions that are normally appropriate under some circumstances, such as giving one more chance, can be dangerous– even disastrous– with conduct disorders. If you do not know this child backwards and forwards, you may lack key tools to ensure your safety and the safety of other children.

 

2. The child can become OPPOSITIONAL. The child can CAPITULATE if coerced to do so. The child can comply; that's ACCEPTANCE.

 

  • Bonus Question: Acceptance is really the only way to gain compliance. Power-struggling with oppositional kids means everyone loses– especially you– as no adult ever wins a power struggle with a kid. If you must hassle and harass a kid into capitulating, that is not a positive way of interacting that will work in the "real" world. Plus, imagine the harm you might do hassling a troubled child by coercing compliance from them. Acceptance is the standard that works everywhere and won't damage even a very vulnerable child while gaining their compliance.

 

3. TEEN MOMS
The dropout rate for teen moms is the worst for any group of students.
 

  • Bonus Question: Teen moms also have the highest risk of poverty of anyone, and have a high need for welfare services. Shouldn't every contemporary teacher know who is the one child at highest risk of dropping out, and be aware of the potential additional litany of woes?

 

4. CONDUCT DISORDERS, THOUGHT DISORDERS, EXTREMELY DEPRESSED KIDS
Note how this answer is far more sophisticated and complex than the simple sound bites you hear in today's media. If a contemporary teacher doesn't know what these three mental health terms mean, that is a big impediment to ensuring safety.

 

  • Bonus Question: Each of these 3 children needs a very different kind of help. For example, the thought-disordered child might be able to benefit tremendously from medication, while there is no medicine for conduct disorders. Here is the bottom line: To best prevent extreme violence with today's students, teachers must understand how to work with different kids very differently.

 

5. ATTENDANCE
If the student isn't in your classroom, you can't work your magic on them. Every school expects attendance, but while many sanction poor attendance, very few schools routinely teach basic attendance skills to students.

 

  • Bonus Question: Start teaching attendance skills on Day 1 of the school year. It's that important.

 

Teacher Training Quiz Scoring:

Score 1 point for each question or bonus question

8-10 Correct Answers
You're READY for the 21st Century Classroom

5-8 Correct Answers
You may be DUE for a teacher training update

0-4 Correct Answers
You may be OVERDUE for a teacher training update

 

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The Worst Mistakes Good Teachers and Youth Professionals Make

 

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The Worst Mistakes
Good Teachers and Youth Professionals Make

 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

Here are the two worst mistakes good youth professionals and teachers make. Since Youth Change is your Problem Student Problem-Solver, of course, we supply solutions you can use right away.

I'm trainer and author Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. with the answers that can help.


 

The Top Youth Professional & Teacher Mistakes


Feeling Discouraged About Overcoming Problems
There is no doubt that these are extremely difficult times to be a teacher, counselor or youth professional. You cope with the most serious student behavior, social and family problems that may have ever existed in our nation's history, and now you must also face one of the most serious budget crunches ever. You have twin battles to fight. We know you have to do more with less.

That is why we have started a free, fast weekly podcast called 5 Minute Classroom Management Fixes. It's a fast five minutes worth of ready-to-use solutions for problems like misbehavior, poor motivation, work refusal, bad attitudes and disruption. Listen to this strategy-filled podcast online here.

For additional help with both your behavior and budget problems, remember that there are thousands of other free solutions throughout our website.
 


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Using Yesterday's Methods with Today's Kids
So many terrific teachers, principals and counselors are still using old-style interventions with new-style kids. Older methods are often ineffective when used to combat some more modern concerns like gangs, serious substance abuse, extreme violence, apathy, and cyber bullying.

Here's a good test to see if you are using an out-of-date method for a youth problem. If the method was invented decades before the problem was, there is likely to be a mismatch. For example, combatting cyber-bullying with character ed may produce inferior results. Switching to more updated, lively, compelling contemporary approaches can enhance your results combatting contemporary problems.

To use apathy as an example, relying on an old-style approach like mere words to combat apathy is often insufficient. Using methods from the 1950s to combat 21st century problems is the equivalent of using a record player instead of an iPod. You can certainly hear current songs on a record player but is the best, most reliable way? Just as record players and iPods exist in different universes, atomic age student intervention methods may not be the best fit for our new millennium.

teacher poster 21Here's an example of an eye-catching, cutting-edge method to combat apathy. Contrast this method to mere words, and the difference in potential impact is obvious. This intervention is such a perfect match for these scary economic times. It is also our Poster #43, but you can just do the intervention activity pictured on the poster without buying anything. This intervention can also work as a handout.

 

 

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Teacher Classroom Management Freebies

 

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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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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.

 

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Stop Yelling at Students: No-Scream Classroom Management Strategies Offer Improved Methods

 

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Stop Yelling at Students:
No-Scream Classroom Management Strategies Offer Improved Methods

 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

In our workshops, in our email, and on the phone, we have been hearing the same complaint over and over and over: "I can't scream loud enough and long enough to control my class."

In the nearly 20 years that Youth Change has been a national resource for teachers and counselors with troubled students, we have never been so inundated with inquiries about how to scream louder and longer to get back in control.

My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. O'm the Director of Youth Change Workshops. I'm also the trainer for Youth Change's live and online workshops.

What would you think if your son or daughter's teacher managed by screaming?

You would be appalled and demand the screaming stop. If you are one of the professionals who is screaming at kids, you need to remember that you are screaming at someone's son, someone's daughter.

If you wouldn't want your offspring to be yelled at, then you shouldn't be yelling at someone else's children.

When my daughter Meagan was told by her middle school music teacher that Meg was "a loser" and would be "a failure in high school," I confronted the teacher. The teacher replied "Meagan can take it."

It doesn't matter if students "can take it." Screaming at students is abuse, and abuse can cost you your job, your self-respect, and your career. Even more importantly, no student should have to "take it."

Think about this next sentence: You have no way of knowing if you are screaming at a child who was beaten or incested last night. Now, how do you feel about the screaming?

 


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Yelling is destructive and always inappropriate– unless you are yelling "Go Team" at a football game, or screaming "Stop" because a student is about to run in front of a bus.

Further, yelling is not acceptable in most work settings, and have you ever noticed that when you yell at students, you are using behaviors that you won't permit them to use?

Ultimately, your job is to prepare students for the real work place– and screaming isn't permitted there.

One more point: You have an obligation to report screaming if you hear it. There aren't exceptions given if it will be difficult or uncomfortable to report. Your first obligation is to your students not your comfort.

Finally, yelling doesn't work anyway. With that in mind, please consider these alternatives to screaming:

 

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Anticipate and Avoid Predictable Problems

Many of the professionals who have been contacting us to say that screaming isn't working, have noted that they are struggling with the same misbehavior over and over and over.

If you know that students predictably struggle in a given area, then use that information to prevent it from repeating endlessly. That is how you would manage a chronic academic concern, and that is how you must manage behavioral problems.

classroom management poster 62Example Strategy:
Instead of continuing to have problems with inappropriate items coming into your site, train  your students on what to bring and wear.

If you use humor, students may actually absorb far more information. A non-confrontational approach will also result in much more success than an antagonistic one.

That is why this type of intervention can succeed when screaming has failed. Here's a very fun intervention to use. Have students name occupations, then list those jobs in a column on the board, Next, have students list items that shouldn't come to work for those particular jobs.

Encourage humorous contributions like a chef bringing worms to work at a restaurant. Now that students are relaxed and at ease, discuss silly items not to bring to your site, and the results that can occur.

Students can make a master list of Items Not to Bring to School. Our Poster #62 provides a visual example if you need ideas to get your group started.
 

Identify, Prioritize Then Teach Missing Skills

You would never yell at a student who lacked math skills. Yelling would not help the youngster gain math skills.

Similarly, yelling at students who lack specific classroom behavior skills will not help youngsters gain those missing skills.

In place of yelling, consider teaching the missing skills.

Where to start? Pick the one problem that interferes the most with your classroom management. Once that skill is mastered, move onto the next missing skill, and so on.

Example Strategy:
Teach students how to properly manage transition times. For example, perhaps students need to rehearse walking into the room without sounding like a herd of buffalo.

Once they can enter "quieter than a herd of buffalo," you can tell them that they've mastered the skill. Next, offer occasional rewards for good transitioning, especially for punctuality and quickly quieting down.

Teachers can give the first five students who are quiet and ready to work, passes to get out of class a few minutes early. A counselor can bring a pack of gum and give the five sticks out to the first five youngsters who are quiet and ready to work.

Be sure to teach the skills before expecting them though, and remember, re-stating the rules isn't teaching skills.

 

The Most Important, Fastest Fix

Teacher and counselor training still tends to be heavily theoretical instead of practical, and still tends to prepare professionals to work with compliant, willing students.

You may find yourself with few compliant and willing, and many non-compliant and unwilling. If your training hasn't given you tools for the non-compliant and unwilling, you need to update your skills to equip you to work with extremely acting-out youngsters, especially conduct disorders.

Until you do, nothing– that's right– nothing will substitute, especially not yelling. Conduct disorders are cagey, manipulative, smart, and devoted to playing you.

When you yell, they feel like they own you, that they are the boss of you. When you yell at conduct disorders, you have made a bad situation far worse.

We get many effusive emails and letters from teachers, vice-principals, counselors, and social workers saying that learning about conduct disorders "opened their eyes," to quote one principal. If you truly want the problems to stop, learn about your most misbehaved students, your conduct disorders.

Two follow-up links are provided in the next paragraph.

Example Strategy:
Conduct disorders care about only one thing. Do you know what it is? If you don't, classroom and group management will remain enormously problematic.

They care about only Me-Me-Me-Me. Every intervention you use with a conduct disorder must center on what the student loses by misbehavior or gains by good behavior.

Do not heed advice that others may give that you should just ignore this most unmanageable of all youngsters. Conduct disorders need you to be their "brakes". When you abandon or can't play that role, that student has all the control of a speeding car with no way to stop.

Yelling at this youngster has the same results as yelling at a speeding car. Upgrading your skills doesn't have to be time-consuming or hard. To upgrade your skills, go to the Blog menu at top and read our two Introductory issues that focus on this youngsters. We can also provide help to youth professionals who contact us at 1.800.545.5736, or you can email us.

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