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