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Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.



Date 2013-01-09 04:23:41 Name: Macy Subject: Quick Question

I work in alternative ed and have a classroom full of negative students who have a default position of believing that school is a waste. I can see you have lots of motivational posters with clever, memorable catch phrases, and I did find a couple I liked that I can use. I was wondering, do you have any other quick ideas I can use to at least respond effectively?

Absolutely. We always have more strategies than we can post. Here's a favorite motivational intervention that is very simple. Ask your students to name all the jobs they can do without a diploma. List the responses on the board in a column. Next, ask students to forecast how those jobs might soon be automated. They will quickly do that. You don't need to say much. You'll have started chipping away at that belief that school has little worth. Here at Youth Change, we believe you should be systematically using interventions like this. Here's plenty more motivational methods to get you started.


Date 2013-12-29 02:13:44 Name Brenda Subject Time Out Mentor Teacher

Time out isn't working very well for big discipline problems anymore with my high school students. My classroom management is just a battle. Now what?

I'm sorry to say that time outs are not a cure-all, but neither is any single intervention. It is useful to stop the situation mid-stream but really may not be particularly meaningful or effective with high school students who may not care if they have to take a break from class activities. To be effective managing classroom discipline problems, you truly need an arsenal of approaches, particularly with older, acting-out students. Here is an article that will give you lots of alternative behavior management and discipline methods, and all these strategies can be used right away, so tomorrow could be a better day: Click here to go to the article entitled "The Very Best Interventions for the Very Worst Behavior Problems," published in 2011.

Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2013-12-30 13:15:47


Date 2013-03-26 11:31:29 Name Jenny Subject Online Professional Development Job Title Professional Development Coordinator

Can you suggest your best online class for a range of acting-out behavior at school from defiance to poor motivation to work refusal? Thanks. 

We have an online class that closely should fit what you need. It comes with clock hours too. It is called Transform Kids Into Students: School Skills Training. It shows you how to actually train youngsters to look, act, and sound like students– even your high school age students. This one hour online class will really pack a lot of solutions into that short time frame. If you have more questions, just get back in touch. We're here to help.

Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2013-03-27 13:15:47


Date: 2013-03-25 20:31:31 Name: Bernie V. Subject: Online Classes Job Title: Professional Development Committee Chair at High School

No money but am still supposed to find something for professional development. We have exceptionally unmotivated, bored, absent, and disinterested high school students. Not too much violence yet. Do you have anything to help at all? Thanks for having such a huge resource site, a good thing in these tight economic times for educators!

We are starting to get your request a lot. You are not alone. Lots of schools and school districts have no professional development budget but still have all the same problems they've always had with school violence, poor motivation, bad attitudes, defiance, work refusal, and so on. We do have an affordable online professional development class that will meet your needs. It is very low cost, just $39. It is called Maximum-Strength Motivation (click). You can read about this one hour online course here. In addition, we have a course on how to prepare kids to look, act, and sound like students. That course is also just $39. It is called Transform Kids Into Students. It shows you how to actually teach kids to have motivation and to have what we call School Skills.Both classes include a workbook with lots of free posters, printable worksheets, and other resources.

Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2013-03-25 13:15:47


Date: 2013-02-25 20:31:31 Name: Cassie Arnold Subject: Twin bad behavior Job Title: New Kindergarten Teacher Number: 39

I'm still dealing with a problem with one child in a pair of twins. You've helped me before. I am in close contact with the parents. Apparently this twin has been a challenge at home since infancy. The preschool the girls went to was based on montessori practices-totally child directed and a 1 on 3 ratio so she did not develop the skill of waiting to be helped or being required in a school setting to start, finish or even attempt a project or assignment that she finish. Her sister has learned these skills as does well academically and socially. She had at her disposal adult one on one whenever she demanded it. She is currently seeing a child psychologist that considered ODD, but now says no(I think this may be fairly accurate for this child). However she has not given me many options for helping her in the classroom or helping me cope. I came up with a grab bag for her for calming activities she could try today-take 3 deep breaths, give yourself a short time out on the couch, ask to take something to the office, quietly sing a song you like where what I came up quickly this morning. She still tantrummed today, not as badly as yesterday. Mom is stay at home mom who tries really hard with the girls-good boundaries are on both girls and consistent consequences and rewards. No trauma is noted. Hope that this helps. I would love any help or ideas you can give. Thanks

So we have two possibilities, that the girl is ODD or untrained on how to be a patient, cooperative student. Either way, I would begin now to teach her those skills starting with the most important first: self-control. Begin by finding out her likes and dislikes, and use those as you go, e.g. if she prefers to be in class vs outside, then remove for tantrum, readmit for stopping. Teach in small steps and be very careful to teach behaviors not repeat expectations. So you will teach specific skills like voice level, voice tone, what words to use, and so on. You must also motivate her to be different so use some of our potent motivators that ease very resistant children into understanding that they can't even make it through the morning with a temper like that. Best resource: Temper and Tantrum Tamer lesson plan book. What's key? Motivate her, meaning she sees urgent need to be different.

Reply written by Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director, Youth Change at 2013-02-25 13:45:47



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