Our 100th Classroom Management Blog:
Best Educational Articles
Get ready to celebrate our 100th issue of the Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog.
This blog first began in 1999 as an online magazine and has been published nearly once a month ever since. We have over 15,000 teachers, counselors, principals, juvenile justice workers, special educators, instructors and youth professionals throughout North America as subscribers.
For all 100 issues, I've been your source. My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I provide behavior and classroom management consultation, workshops and help throughout North America. I'm the author of dozens of books on how to manage student behavior problems.
As we looked back on 7 years and all 100 issues of this magazine, we thought we'd bring you the top intervention from each year. Our selections are based on the comments we receive from participants at our live workshops. Chances are you haven't read every word of each of the 100 issues, or been a subscriber for the full 7 years, so here are some of our most adored and talked-about interventions that you just may have missed.
The Best Strategies From Articles
in the First 100
Behavior and Classroom Management
Problem-Solver Blog Issues
Top Intervention from 1999
If Life Were This Easy
To use this intervention, read or show one sentence of the following text, one sentence at a time. Allow students to laugh and snicker at each sentence before revealing the next phrase.
This intervention works really well, and is fun. Enjoy! (You can purchase this intervention as our Poster #2.)
Here's your new, high-paying job– and you can never be fired from it!
Here's your new, beautiful spouse, who is always cheerful, never sick, and has tons of money!
Hope you like your new home. It's your dream house and it's paid for, and will never need repairs!
Here's all the possessions you've ever wanted, and, of course, they are already paid for!
If life were this easy, you wouldn't need us!
Top Intervention from 2000
Mamas, Don't Let Your Daughters Grow Up to be Dropouts
Here are "5 Frightening Facts for Females" that every potential female dropout needs to know:
1) No one earns less than a female drop-out
2) She earns considerably less
3) Her salary will likely drop by about 1/2% annually
4) Teen moms are the most likely to drop out of school, go on welfare, and live in poverty
5) Teen moms are the most likely to never get out of poverty
Top Intervention from 2001
It's Okay to Be Mad
This simple intervention remains very popular. Simply teach students "It's okay to be mad. It's not okay to be mean."
Top Intervention from 2002
But I Hate Everything
This popular intervention was created by a foster parent who regularly heard from her foster children that they hated being placed in foster care, hated their new school, and so on. Her reply: "Bloom where you're planted."
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People sure love our multiple choice quizzes. Here's an excerpt from one of our most enduring quizzes, Can You Speak the Language on High Tech Planet?
Soon, everyone may need a home computer to perform essential everyday activities. Luckily, I already have an ISP. It's
a) The I Sense Psychics Channel
b) An Icy Spinach Parfait
c) An Internet Service Provider, which is necessary to connect to the internet
Poster #284, shown above, offers you an additional classroom management and motivational strategy. Open it to view it in more detail.
Top Intervention from 2004
The Sounds of Silence
Here is a terrific device to quiet your group quickly. This intervention is a lot of fun. Using a TV remote control, teach students to become "mute" when you push the button on the remote. Students really like this intervention, and will often become mute mid-word, just like a TV would. If you wish, this technique can be used throughout class, and at other times. You can even let students help you manage your class by having a youngster operate the remote control, and of course, the students love that.
Top Intervention from 2005
What a Nerd
Here is another simple intervention that our workshop participants always comment on. This intervention is meant to be told as a joke. "What do you call a nerd in five years?" Answer: "Boss."
New Intervention from 2006
Now, More Than Ever: Sports Stars Need School
We have a new trend in sports, announced in today's newspapers. A new, national, pro football league that will begin play in 2007, will only accept players who have completed their college degree– yes, that was college degree. Let's hope that other sports will take note and soon follow.
Like These Behavior and Classroom Management Interventions from Our Blog?
Many of these popular interventions are from our books and posters, like the resources shown below. Call 1-800-545-5736 or click Live Help if you have questions.
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