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Here's a good test to see if you are using an out-of-date method for a youth problem.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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Fantastic, Free Teacher Resources

 

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Fantastic, Free Teacher Resources

 
 

 

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

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

 

NO-COST HANDOUT –Just 1 Click
Destination Procrastination

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

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

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

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

 

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Come to our workshop for a lot less money.

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

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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:

 

Improve Classroom Management Here
 

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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Student and School Mental Health: Teacher Professional Development Guide

 

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Student and School Mental Health:
Teacher Professional Development
Guide

 
 

 

School mental health consultationHello from Youth Change Director and Workshop Presenter Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. One of the toughest things about my job is figuring out how to help teachers and other educators to acquire a gut-level understanding of student and school mental health problems. I'm a veteran mental health counselor so I'm always working hard to be sure that I leave teachers and other educators with the same close-up, inside look at student mental health problems that I have. I hope this brief guide will help.

Sometimes there can be a lot of misinformation in the way. Other times, there can be negativity about mental health issues and the related struggles that today's students can frequently present. Here is one way to bridge that gap and effectively give educators an inside view of students' mental health challenges and related issues and problems.
 

A Close-up Look Inside
Student Mental Health Problems

School Mental Health The class assignment for a group of high school students was to write a letter to one of your teachers telling them what you wanted or needed to say.

Here are excerpts from one student's letter:

 

Dear Mr. ___ ,

If the world were just, good teachers would overshadow the less perfect teachers. It's too bad that you should be one of those overshadowed. During Math, I was repeatedly insulted with the nasty names you called me. This was not a big issue in my life; you and your class could be easily overlooked. But it was not as easy for a lot of people I know.

Sam was a kind person, a typical teenager with a less than typical home life. He went through things no kid should even know about, never mind live through. Sam was not able to put your insults behind him. He took the easy way out. He started just skipping your class. After a while missing your class, he started to miss the whole day. Less than a year later, Sam was deeply into drugs and other things that a person would never wish upon any kid.

In the 12 years, I shared classes with Sam, I watched many teachers unsuccessfully try to make it better for him, but I will always remember the one teacher who successfully made it worse.

Fast forward about 4 years from the date this letter was written, and here is the latest news about Sam: He was spotted walking near the home of Chris, his old friend, and the author of the letter excerpted above. Sam was yelling and screaming as he came down the street. His clothes were in tatters, and he looked as though he was homeless and under the influence of alcohol or other substance. "Chris!" he screamed as he pounded on the door of his former classmate's home. "Chris, do you still live here?" Chris had moved to college years earlier so he wasn't there to open the door. Sam continued yelling and mumbling as he shuffled down the street.

Fast forward again about 1 more year. Sam was spotted on the big highway that goes through the center of his town. He was attempting to throw himself into traffic.

What is the point of Sam's sad story? The point is that kids never walk into Math class and announce that they were beat up last night and can't endure any more abuse. No student will ever say "My Dad already called me bad names before I left to school, so please, would you stop doing it?" As a teacher or counselor, your site is supposed to be a haven, an oasis for students who should heavy loads. Is it?

You may be surprised to know that this topic is one of the top areas that many participants in our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops ask us to cover. They are tired of the "the lousy attitudes of my co-workers," "how hard some teachers are on kids," "adults who are burned out," "adult rigidity and insensitivity," and "what to do when the adults make the situation much worse."

Student mental health In our workshop, counselors, principals and special ed teachers often will describe how teachers and other adults will sometimes steamroll over a fragile child, indifferent to the burdens they are adding to a child's already heavy load. One story stands out. A girl asked to go to see the nurse rather than run laps in P.E. The teacher denied the request despite repeated pleas from the child to go to the nurse, the office, or to call her mom due to what she said was severe stomach pain. Ultimately, the girl had no choice but to run the laps. She soon collapsed and almost died of a burst appendix.

No matter where we are in North America, workshop participants become the most distressed, discouraged and animated when seeking solutions for when the adults contribute to the problems that the students present. In our workshop, we actually give the participants highly unusual, but extremely effective "adult attitude adjustment devices." These decidedly unique, experiential methods can't be sufficiently captured in a quick professional development educational article like this, but here is a device that you can use with your team that could perhaps help. It will lack the drama and power of our best adult attitude adjustment devices, but it's a good starting place to get your staff thinking about how they impact students.

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As we discuss in our live and online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, changing the adults' mind about how they view and interact with students is a bit like changing peoples' opinions about religion or politics: change seldom occurs as a result of mere verbiage. Indirect, more compelling methods that shock will work best. Since we can't "shock" from an educational article on a web page vs in person, here is our next best intervention if you can't come to an upcoming live conference, on-site seminar, or online workshop presentation. In a departure from our usual pattern, be sure to note that this intervention is a quiz that is intended for use with adults, not kids. This is just an excerpt from the full quiz; to get the entire document, read the "Follow-Up" section below:

 

Student and School Mental Health Issues

Rate Your Attitude Quiz
 

school mental healthThink you're unbiased, cordial, objective and not too burned-out? Then check this out.

 

1. Problem Students
How do you view hard-to-manage students? Have you ever said "Nothing's going to work with that one?" Ever tried to convince your boss to place this child in someone else's class?

2. Special Needs Students
Have you ever said "ADD kids are just lazy kids," or "These types of kids take too much of my time"?

3. Diverse Students
Youngsters with unfamiliar accents and different skin colors may be a growing part of your group. Have you ever thought "Oh, not another one," or "He'll be slow too," about a child of a diverse background?

4. Troubled Students
Ever pushed on a poorly performing child only to discover later that the child had been hampered by beatings, illness, homelessness or tragedy?

If you answered "yes" to any of these queries, you run the risk of harming students– especially those carrying heavy loads. You run the risk of ignoring clear cues, like the P.E. teacher in the story above. You also run the risk of missing cues that are not even said out loud, like those offered by Sam.

You don't ever want to end up thinking that you would have behaved very differently– if you'd only known.

If you answered "yes," or if some of your team members should answer "yes" to the quiz questions, it's important to change beliefs and actions now before harm is done that may be irreparable. If you don't get help now from a workshop like ours,' or other resource that shows you how to manage your students differently, you run the risk of one day fearing that you bear some responsibility for Sam flinging himself into traffic. There are Sams in every setting where there are children. If you hone your skills to respond properly, you will not add to Sam's burdens, and you may even prevent him from ever running out onto the road at all.
 

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Welcome to the Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog

 

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Welcome to the
 

Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog
 

K-12 Educational Articles

 

That Deliver the Best Answers to Turnaround Troubled and Problem Youth

 


workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsWelcome to your first issue of Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog from Youth Change Workshops.

This blog is packed with articles that deliver dozens of interventions to turnaround problems like poor motivation, cyberbullying, bullying, trauma, bad attitudes, school failure, disrespect, bullying, work refusal, truancy, violence, withdrawal and much more.

My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I am the director of Youth Change Workshops, and an author, trainer, columnist, keynote speaker and adjunct professor.

I created this blog especially for teachers, special educators, principals, social workers, school counselors, psychologists, foster parents, juvenile justice staff, detention workers, and child therapists.

This first issue is an introductory one, to get you acquainted with this blog, as well as our free sample worksheets and other behavior and classroom resource materials sent by postal mail.

This first blog issue also introduces you to our huge web site that is packed with hundreds of interventions and solutions to turnaround problem youth and children.
 

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The Behavior and Classroom Management Blog

To quickly get some of our best strategies in your hands, if you subscribed to receive issues by email, you'll receive two more issues of our answer-packed blog in the next two weeks.

After that, issues will arrive in your email approximately every 3-4 weeks.

Each new blog issue will always deliver the newest and best strategies for your toughest "kid problems." If you ever have problems receiving or viewing a blog issue, all issues are posted online too.


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The Sample Worksheets by Mail

student attendance worksheetWhen you subscribed to the Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver blog, you  also requested free written sample intervention materials.

Those free worksheets and resources should arrive soon by postal mail.

In that packet are two lesson worksheets ready to use with your students to turnaround problems like apathy, violence, truancy, school failure, cyberbullying, work refusal and more.

You'll also receive our catalog and workshop flyer.

We're sure that you'll find our behavior and classroom management interventions to be much more powerful and effective than conventional approaches.

 

About
The Web Site

Did you know that there are thousands of behavior and classroom management worksheets, lesson plans and strategies on our web site? If you need help, click Live Help at the bottom of the page, call 1.800.545.5736 or email. We have a huge site for you to explore, with every page devoted to the newest, best, and most powerful behavior and classroom management worksheets, resources and solutions for troubled youth and children.
 

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Our Workshops, Books, eBooks, & Posters

behavior management book If you would like more than the sampling of strategies posted online and contained in our magazine, sign up for a live or online workshop, order some books or instant download ebooks. We can also bring our workshop to your site or conference.

We hope that the sampling of interventions offered on our site and in our blog will give you a good start on using our powerful, state-of-the-art methods to turnaround your troubled youth and children.

 

 

 

Marvelous Motivation-Making Strategies

Here are a few of our favorite motivation-makers to get you started with some exciting, new behavior and classroom management strategies. You'll get dozens of great, new strategies in each upcoming issue of the blog.


Choose More or Less Money

Ask students which they would rather earn: more or less money than everybody else. When the students say "more", tell them that each degree doubles their pay, noting that high school grads earn roughly twice what dropouts earn.

 

A Motivation-Maker for the Millennium

Jobs available to drop-outs will become less available in the new millennium, plus the jobs that drop-outs can do will decrease about 1/2% in salary each year. College grads should show a 1% annual increase in the new century, and jobs for college and high school grads should increase in number.
 

Five Frightening Financial Facts for Females

1-Females earn just 70% of males
2-No one earns less than a female drop-out
3-To earn the same or more than a male, a female must have a college degree
4- Girls who are teem moms are the most likely to drop out of school than anyone
5- Teen moms are the most likely to live in poverty and go on welfare, and they are the least likely to ever get off welfare

 

But I'll Always…

Have students name jobs they claim they can always do without a diploma, then ask them to imagine how that job could be automated or eliminated. Ask students to determine how many blacksmiths, outhouse builders, stage coach drivers and typewriter makers still exist.

 

Future Help Wanted

For students who say they can always just work at McDonald's, show them this future employment ad, actually expected to be a reality in just 5-10 years: "Fast Food Worker Wanted. Must have excellent computer skills and computer training or college degree. Will run large, automated McDonalds solo and must maintain complex computerized restaurant cooking and delivery system. Excellent salary."

 

A Joke?

Ask your students this question: What do you call a nerd in 5 years? Answer: "Boss."

 

What's a Diploma Worth?

motivational poster #9The next time one of your students says "A diploma is just a piece of paper," you can reply "Yes, a diploma is just a piece of paper…worth $329,000." That's how much more grads earn per lifetime compared to dropouts. This intervention works great using verbiage, but it also works wells as Poster #9.

 

 

 

 

 

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The behavior and classroom management interventions shown above are from our books and posters, like the resources shown below. Stop using yesterday's methods with today's kids. You'll find working with difficult students doesn't have to be so difficult.

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