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

 

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

 
 

 

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

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

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

 

Back-to-School Strategies
 

Put Your Students on a Box of SUCCEEDIES

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

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

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

 

Put Your Students on the Cover

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

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

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


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Put Your Students in the Work Place

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

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

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

 

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Our Most Creative Student Behavior Management Interventions Ever

 

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Our Most Creative Student Behavior Management Interventions Ever

 
 

 

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

 

Most Creative Student Behavior Management Methods
 

Shaquille on Line 1

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

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

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

 

Put Your Doors to Work

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

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

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

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

 


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Succeedies: Breakfast of Graduates

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

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

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

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

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

 

Put Your Shirt to Work

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

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

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

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

 

iPod Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

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

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

 

Student Behavior Management Strategies
 

The Girl in the Mirror

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

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

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

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

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

 


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I'll Do It Someday

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

This is a light, fun student behavior management intervention.

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

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

 

Interventions for Drama Queens– and Kings

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

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

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

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

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

The Recession or Depression? Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fix Classroom Management Problems: Repair Your Broken School Year

 

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Fix Classroom Management Problems:
Repair Your Broken School Year

 
 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

There was definitely a theme to many of our Fall '07 workshops.

I'm the trainer for the live Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

In our live behavior and classroom management workshops, many of you continued to emphasize that your classroom and school have become seriously out-of-control.

To start off the new year, it only makes sense to give our top tips to repair serious problems at your school or agency.

By the way, for those of you who did attend one of our Fall seminars, we have a new page full of the resources you heard and saw in the workshop. This Past Workshop Participants Only page is just for those of you who have attended the workshop. Reach it by clicking here.

Here are our initial suggestions for what to do to improve problematic classroom management enough to salvage a school year that has been unusually difficult or dangerous.

 

Strategies to Fix

Classroom Management Problems

 

Start Over

Many professionals do not realize that it is always easier to stop the problematic class than to salvage it.

No, you don't have to board up your classroom and hang a "Closed" sign on the door, but understand that it is much harder to fix a broken class than to just start over.

To start over, you can declare the old class as done, and begin fresh in every possible regard. Scrap the rules and make new ones. Rearrange your furniture, develop a new seating plan, and even consider renaming your class. It will also be important to discuss the problems with the class, and to work with your students to make this new venture work better.

However, these initial changes will not be enough. You have to be different and teach differently. It's way past time to understand that "same-old-same-old" methods will not magically start working.

It may be time to realize that you must upgrade your skills and methods for working with out-of-control youth. Some specific suggestions to begin those upgrades are below.

       


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It's Not Just About Relationships Anymore

You may really struggle to manage your most misbehaved students if you use relationship-based approaches with all of them.

While we love relationship-based methods with most students, youngsters are not one-method-fits-all creatures. Relationship-based methods (including character ed, values clarification, trust-building, and praise) will fail with the most unmanageable students, conduct disorders (CDs).

This blog's second and third issues gave you an introduction to conduct disorders. (Click the menu at the top of the page to view those Introductory blog issues.)

Those issues alerted you to avoid most relationship-based and conventional approaches with CDs. If you use just one style of behavior control methods with all your students, you probably have already discovered that "nothing works" to control your class.

Here are some resources that show you methods that will work far better.

If ou want more than just introductory help, click here to get all the information you need on conduct disorders in one place, our Conduct Disorders: All the Best Answers for the Worst Kid Problems book. The bottom line: Until you learn about conduct disorders, regaining control may remain impossible.
 

Become a Fearless Manager

You know the teachers– the ones who can manage almost any class or group.

No one can simply hand you techniques and make you one of those teachers. Even the most updated methods can't hide any fear or worry you may have. Our strategies will help, but they won't alleviate the need to become one of those fearless managers who know that they can manage any class, no matter how difficult.

The truth is that students have amazing radar. They read us adults like open comic books. If part of you is really worried about successfully controlling a group, that fear becomes like neon, and everything else you do is reduced to a whisper.

You need to develop that internal fortitude and certainty that you can manage even the most unmanageable group. To gain that, we suggest watching the true pros of class and group management.

We especially recommend that you find someone with a similar personality and style. Juvenile court and corrections staff, vice-principals, alternative ed teachers, and special ed teachers often provide some of the best models because they have honed their skills with the toughest students.

 

Students Wanted, No Skills Required

Since most schools have no formal curriculum to train kids how to be students, you are expecting students to have skills they may never have been taught.

That's like expecting students to know how to swim even though they've never been taught.

You have to actually teach the school behavior skills that you want students to use in your classroom. Otherwise, you set rules that many students are untrained and unprepared to follow.

You absolutely must teach all the school skills that students need. A few of the most important on a long list include: respect for teachers, how to be part of a class discussion, what words to use, how often to talk out during class, how to get help from teachers, and how to interact with other students.

Be sure you work on students' motivation too. Skill training alone isn't enough. You must convince students that school is incredibly important.

Need dynamic ways to do that? Use the motivational interventions pictured on our posters. You don't have to buy the posters; just read the ideas and use them.

 

Set Behavior Standards and Ensure Compliance

You can not permit the kind of behavior problems that have been occurring at some sites this school year. Some of the participants in our workshops  have described students who are inappropriately touching teachers, openly defying teachers, and entering and leaving classrooms at will.

You can not allow the standards for behavior to slide. There is no way back if you do. Right from the very start, you must have high expectations and compel your students to live up to those standards.

We have heard from teachers who just keep teaching while students refuse to quiet down or pay attention. Imagine the chaos if other compliance-based settings operated in such a manner. For example, would there be any order in a grocery store if the clerk just handed you your groceries after you announce that you'll be taking your groceries but not paying?

You are the "brakes" for out-of-control students. When you don't provide acting-out students with help to stop misbehavior, there is nothing to slow them down.

You must stop instruction and address misconduct. Ideally, you will get to the point where you can prevent disruption before it starts. For now, if you are someone who does need to repair a "broken" school year, be sure to promptly acknowledge and effectively address misbehavior. The longer you wait, the worse it will get.

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Interventions to Prevent Public Displays of Affection: School Isn’t Just for Dating Anymore

 

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School Isn't Just for Dating Anymore
Interventions to Prevent Public Displays of Affection:

 

 

If your students believe that your site exists just for dating purposes, we've got some delightfully different, unusually effective interventions that you may want to use right away.

If you are tired of the constant public displays of affection (PDA) that don't belong in a school or agency setting, our new interventions can help. Because these new methods rely heavily on humor, they may work much better than conventional approaches.

 

Methods to Stop

Public Displays of Affection in School

 

This Just In! School Isn't Just for Dating Anymore

display of affection poster 120 If every day at your site feels like date night, this funny handout will prompt discussion about PDAs.  It's Poster #120.

After reading through the handout text with your group, start a discussion of the role of your site.

Assist students to identify the mission of your site. Aid the group to notice that your goal is to prepare youngsters for the future, not for date night.

 

You're Not at the Movies

social skills poster 118When adults confront students about inappropriate displays of affection, students often become angry, argumentative and disagreeable.

The best way to avoid that type of reaction is humor.

This funny resource can provide that humor. It's Poster #118.

To avoid some of the arguing, emphasize to students that you are only concerned about "the right time and right place" for dating activities, that you are not against dating activities in the correct setting. Assist students to determine that the cinema is an appropriate setting but your site is not.

 


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Exit the Hormone Zone

pda poster for school 121It's not even close to spring but you may already feel like you work in the Hormone Zone.

Conventional, straight-forward interventions may not help the situation. Give this humorous alternative a try instead.

Label your classroom or group room a No Cuddle Zone.

You can have students create signs to warn all who pass through the door that they've entered a No Cuddle Zone. Our Poster #121 can provide an example.
 

But Everyone Does It

One of the most common excuses students offer for engaging in PDAs is that "everyone is doing it too". That's hardly true. Help your students discover that for themselves.

Here is a most engaging and provocative way to convey that reality. When students say that "everyone else is doing it," ask students if their parents act that way. Most students groan and say they would never want to be around their parents acting like that.

Once students have that insight, turn the tables on them, and note that parents, siblings, peers, teachers, and many others prefer not to watch students' PDAs every bit as much as students prefer not to watch parental affection.

Be sure to use this intervention very carefully as it could unintentionally strike a nerve in children with family problems. This intervention should be done with great lightness and lots of humor to avoid that.

An important tip to avoid problems: Rather than have children think about their own parents, have them think about parents in general. Unless you are 100% sure that you can use this device successfully, skip it entirely. If you want to use this strategy without risk, change "parents" to specific other adults like pilots, plumbers, or cashiers, and have students identify if these adults are engaging in PDA on the job.

 

Work Place Kissy Face

Students are often quick to assert that your site's rules regarding PDA are unrealistic, outmoded and out-of-date. When students make that claim, reply that they might be right.

Next, note that since your job is to prepare students for the real world, all your rules mirror the major employers in the region. Ask students to identify major employers in the region and their standards for PDA.

Students will quickly discover how few work sites permit dating activities during what is supposed to be work time. Be sure to conclude the discussion by noting that as soon as the biggest employers in your region schedules daily Coffee and Kiss breaks, your site will too.

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Best-Ever Most Effective Student Behavior Management Methods

 

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Best-Ever Most Effective
Student Behavior Management Methods

 
 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Best, New Student Behavior Management Methods

 

Fire Up Students' Interest in Finishing School

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

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

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

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

 

 


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Good Pay to Ruin Our Day: An Intervention
for Bullies

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Silly Boys! Interventions are for Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
 

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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Teach School Skills like Attendance

Example Strategy:
Hospital Closed: Doctor Has Hair Emergency

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

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

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

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

 

Teach School Skills like Motivation

Example Strategy:
Big Brain Beats Big Brawn

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

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

 

Teach School Skills like Work Acceptance

Example Strategy:
Class Work Today = Job Work Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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


Teach School Skills like Motivation

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

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

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

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Improve the Sounds That Come from Your Class Clowns

 

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Improve the Sounds
That Come From
Your Class Clowns

 
 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

Hi everyone. This is author and professional development trainer, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

In almost every workshop that we hold, a participant asks for ideas on how to manage class clowns.

You know the youngster. It's the student who may be the next David Letterman or Rosie O'Donnell, but unfortunately, their comedy can seriously deplete your limited contact time.

Some youngsters also use humor that would make even Lenny Bruce blush, and you may question whether the contributions count as humor at all.

The sounds that come from your class clowns can "make or break" nearly any class or group activity. Because of this, it is absolutely critical that students be able to manage their verbiage and conduct.

Although most schools and agencies want students to consistently manage their verbiage and conduct, very few sites have a formal, written-down plan to teach their youngsters the specific nuts-and-bolts skills that they need to comply.

So, self-control skills are expected in most schools and agencies, but not explicitly taught in most schools and agencies. Not surprisingly, students who aren't taught self-control skills, quite often lack those self-control skills.

Here are the initial few skills that your aspiring comedians and "wannabe" talk show hosts need to transform show time into school or work time.

 


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1. FREQUENCY

The class clown may be dominating your group with frequent or constant contributions. It is completely unfair to expect any child to discern the number of times to talk out in your setting, so have your group establish a recommended number of times to speak per hour or class.

Until given a quantifiable number of times to speak, many students will be completely unable to discern it. This will be particularly true for children with limited ability to do abstract or complex thinking; who are in crisis or have serious family problems; have disabilities or cultural barriers.

If you consult the class on how to manage this issue, you will get considerably more cooperation than if you dictate the procedures to them. To motivate your class clowns to consider the value of moderating the frequency of their contributions, have them list jobs that they may wish to do.

Elicit answers from talk show host to truck driver, then ask students to consider what can happen in each type of job, if an employee is dominating the verbiage so much that bosses, customers, guests and other workers can't get a word in edgewise.

 

2. DURATION

The class clown may also keep going and going and going once started. While you may want students to limit the length of their comments, many sites have no plan to teach that skill. Again, the child is expected to comply with a nebulous standard that may not be readily discernable.

Think of all the times that you have listened to an adult drone on endlessly in a meeting. You may be expecting children to use skills that some adults haven't ever mastered.

So, be sure to have your group establish a concrete guideline. Use an egg timer, stop watch or wall clock to aid students to become more aware of the duration of their comments. Without your intervention, your most talkative students will talk more and longer, and your quietest students will talk less and less– exactly the opposite of what you wanted.

 

3. TIMING

It may seem that your class clowns choose the most inappropriate times to make their contributions. It can take a bit of discretion to know what is the right time to make that comment or joke. You may not be able to teach discretion, but you can provide boundaries that will help.

Help students to identify the right and wrong times for these activities. You can have the class members make posters to illustrate the concepts. If your relationship with your class clown has become a battle for control, that is a big part of the problem, and you will need to end the power struggle before you get the improvement you want.


4. CONTENT

Your class clowns may make contributions that are of great concern because the content is wildly inappropriate, a guaranteed source of disruption.

Prior to expecting socially acceptable content, you must first teach your students this skill. That is the first of two steps. The second step is to work with the "audience," those students who instantly "lose their grip" when the class clown makes an inappropriate comment.

It is important to teach those youngsters to maintain self-control. With less reaction, the class clown will often become less motivated to say inappropriate things.

For both of these steps, you can again use potential job choices as a way to illustrate why it is important to choose appropriate content. Discuss what happens when people make inappropriate comments on the job, and what can result when co-workers become involved.

Be sure to note how vigorously sexual harassment, bias, and libel laws are being applied in the work place, that it has become quite easy to say something that results in termination, sanctions or legal action.


A DIFFERENT GOAL FOR CLASS CLOWNS

Class clowns are often viewed as a disruption, a threat, a hassle. Here's a completely different outlook for you to consider. If a young person has the poise, spunk and interest in enlivening ordinary activities, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

If you can help the child control frequency, duration, timing and content, then that youngster may develop tremendously valuable skills using humor appropriately in the work place.


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Check out our Becoming a Prepared and Motivated Student: Behavior Change Handouts by clicking here. The worksheets contained in this book are delightfully different and work far faster than conventional approaches to turnaround class clowns and other class management problems.

 

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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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Welcome to the Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog

 

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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.

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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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