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Violence Prevention Strategies


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It can seem like school violence is rampant and that there is nothing you can do to prevent it. That's not really true.

There are terrific student and school violence prevention strategies available but they are not part of most schools curriculum plan.

While no one knows a for-sure way to ensure school violence prevention, there are some obvious steps that we often overlook.

At our live Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, participants always ask, "What do I have to do to get students to behave?" At all our workshops, that violence prevention concern comes through loud and clear.

It's a question that can't be answered in just a couple sentences, but we can tell you which skills you must teach in order to start the process of getting violent, unruly and disruptive students to behave better.

So, what skills do you have to teach to get violent, misbehaved and aggressive students to behave better? The answer is "All of them."

That means that you must teach any self-management skill that you want a student to do. If you don't teach the skill, and the family doesn't teach the skill, then the student has little chance of performing the skill. It's that simple.

Students often do not learn behaviors they are not taught. Just as students would never learn math if it was not taught, students may never learn self-control if it's never taught at home, and never taught at school.

If you truly want to have a better plan for student and school violence prevention, then the time has come for you to actually teach your students step-by-step, and grade by grade, all the specific skills they need to become all that.

There are a lot of areas to cover; look at just a few self-control and student conduct skills that you require right now but probably don't teach:

  • Face
  • Hands
  • Mouth
  • Fists
  • Property
  • Feet
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Voice Tone
  • Voice Level
  • Choice of Words

Until you or the family– or someone– teaches unruly and defiant students all these behavior skills, you will probably not be able to get the desired behavior regardless of the sanctions, discipline or rules you implement.

It's common sense. You have to teach skills before you expect them. That's true for math skills, science skills, and reading skills. There is no exception given for school violence or student classroom behavior skills.

Below you can see a few dynamic, problem-stopping resources that contain some of the fastest, most effective ways to teach the skills listed above.

The student violence prevention worksheet is from our What Every Girl Needs to Know About the Real World book. Find lots more worksheets to prevent student violence in our Temper and Tantrum Tamers book. All the posters are in our Anger, Bullying and Violence Prevention Poster section.

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student violence prevention worksheet

violence prevention poster


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