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Back-to-School

Bad Behavior Stoppers

If back-to-school means back-to-school behavior problems, you’re going to love the problem-stopping classroom management interventions we’ve packed inside this issue. Using these dynamic behavior management interventions can make the rest of your school year so much better.K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

Hello and Happy New School Year from me, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops. For over two decades, I’ve been training teachers, counselors, principals, and youth professionals around North America. From helping so many schools for so long, I’ve definitely learned that no matter how rough the start of the school year has been, we can still help. In addition to offering you intensive live workshops, on-site training, online courses, and streaming behavior management workshops, we’ve packed some of our best behavior management strategies into this issue. But, if you want more than the sampling of great student management methods included in this article, come to Portland, Oregon on October 10-11, 2019 for the full deal, the entire 10 hour Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop.  There’s a terrific 30% off offer at the top of this article so here’s your chance to get the landmark, problem-stopping workshop at a bargain price. You’ll leave with 200 of our most powerful strategies, methods so state-of-the-art, that you just can’t get them anywhere else.

 

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how to motivate studentsMotivation: The Secret Sauce

Yes, sadly, we all know that there’s no magic answers when it comes to getting students to behave and follow the rules, but motivation just may be the fastest and best overlooked answer. Pictured at right is a bad behavior intervention that is very potent, and, even better, you can use it in a variety of ways. This is our Poster #724 but the best use of this device is to create a real version of that wheel that is pictured and have students play Wheel of Misfortune, where they spin to see what life challenges they may face as adults when life strikes. The wheel has bad breaks like “lose wallet,” “flood,” and “sick dog.” For each spin, as part of a class discussion, students can detail how a lack of education and skills could make the challenge even harder to deal with.

You can follow this game with a Wheel of Better Fortune, and in this version, students can describe how having education and skills can have them ready to conquer each incident of adversity. You are essentially using a game format to market and re-brand school and education as critical to surviving as an adult. Using this type of distracting format makes it difficult for students to maintain their oppositional behavior and contrary nature. When they get caught up in the game and discussion, your message about the incredible value of school and education may sink in a lot more than words could ever do. This type of modality will deliver your message infinitely faster than using mere verbiage that students can easily ignore or dismiss.

Motivation has the power to change everything, including and especially students’ behavior. Once students are more convinced of the enormous, lifetime value of school, their behavior can start to shift. Of course, you still need to teach the behavior skills that you want your students to have, but motivation makes a terrific first step towards less back-to-school bad behavior.

 

Take Repeat Behavior Problems Off Repeat

back-to-school successIt seems sometimes that the same kids are having the same bad behavior problems starting with back-to-school and well beyond. If you can reduce the repetitive problems, that can really make a dent in the amount of student behavioral issues you have to cope with each hour. So, for students who repeat problem behaviors and dig in their heels to stand behind their mistakes, we show you our Poster #740. You don’t need to buy the poster, but you will want to start using the phrase and concepts shown on this poster. The poster says: The First Rule of Holes: When You’re in One, Stop Digging. This phrase can introduce the idea that stopping bad behavior sooner is a success– versus continuing to persist in problem conduct. You can actually teach students that by stopping sooner, they are making valuable progress towards managing their acting-out issues. Students rarely just stop entrenched behavior problems. Any progress towards improvement is usually a very much up and down pattern.

By acknowledging and praising stopping bad behavior sooner, you are helping break the cycle that often is the source of the bad conduct in the first place. The cycle tends to look like this: The student uses problem behavior and is confronted. The student feels bad about having been caught and perhaps also feels bad that they misbehaved. Feeling bad creates the perfect condition to misbehave. It’s similar to you and that cake in the refrigerator. You ate one big piece and felt terrible about it. So, what did you do? Feeling awful about your over-consumption, you figure you may as well have another piece. Welcome to the First Rule of Holes. It works the same for us adults as it does for your students.

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student inspirational posterEncourage Discouraged Students

Feelings cause behavior. Feelings like frustration, hopelessness, discouragement and self-hatred can help create the perfect storm because they are the spark that ignites the behavior problems that you then have to manage. By helping students cope with or moderate their feelings, you dramatically lessen the fuel for the next meltdown or big behavior problem. One way to temper outbursts that stem from discouragement is to help students understand that they may not be as big failures as they feel they are. So many students are seriously down on themselves whether they voice it or not. Certainly, being unhappy with yourself predisposes a child to use problem behavior. Poster #551 gives you six examples to use to show students that most of the people who are big successes in life, first faced and overcame challenges that are similar to their own. Enlarge the picture to better read the details on the poster. You can also check out another similar poster, Poster #537, to see six more examples you can use to start a class discussion. By showing your students that their ups and downs are just like those of highly successful people, you remove a lot of the troubling feelings that contribute to behavioral issues.

 

classroom management helpStructure to the Rescue

I will never understand why adults allow chronic behavior problems to continue. For example, many teachers can struggle to get all their students to settle in at the start of class. They can spend minutes saying “Okay, settle down,” “Get in your seats” and “Stop talking please.” Instead, these same teachers could use structure to solve the problem before it happened. Poster #252 shows you one example of structure that transforms the problems at the start of class into no problems at the start of class.

Beginning with a high five clap, students join the teacher at the start of class by making motions that show they have two eyes watching, two ears listening and one mouth shut. This structure replaces the pleas for seats and quiet. For older grades, a simple rhythmic clap sequence can perform the same magic. I have seen educators at the start of an assembly, instantly quiet hundreds of noisy students without saying a single word. They simply initiate the clap sequence and instantly have perfect quiet. Why would anyone continue to beg for quiet when they can clap and instantly get it?

Structure is the solution for many chronic problems. Getting quiet at the start of class is just one example of how structure can solve it all. Structure also can help solve problems with hallway behavior, talk outs, attendance, verbiage, discussion skills– and almost any other chronic problem you face this school year.

 

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Teacher Back-to-School Success Secrets Improve Classroom Management

 

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classroom management workshopIt's a new school year, but for many students back-to-school means back to problems. It can seem like such a mystery why so many of today's kids struggle so much each school year, but perhaps we've overlooked a common sense explanation and solution.

It's that time of year when I hit the road all over North America training school after school on  how to build a better school year. I'm Youth Change Professional Development Workshops' Director and Trainer, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I spend a lot of time at each stop sharing all the classroom management secrets I've collected over the past decades. In our high tech era, I also provide online training, as pictured in the image above. After years of providing teacher training in a huge range of formats and venues, I know that these techniques can really stop classroom management problems before they start– and isn't that what every teacher wants?

So, have you ever noticed that we don't actually teach kids to be students? It's true. While every school district has a formal, written-down plan to teach kids academics, few districts have a formal, written-down plan to teach kids how to be students and take advantage of all the great academics they are offered.

Perhaps we need to teach kids to be students exactly the same way we teach them how to read, learn math, and master social studies. Teaching kids how to be students is very different than stating the rules. Most teachers review the rules, but many instructors don't ensure that their new students have the skills, attitudes, and motivation needed to properly comply.

In our live and online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops that Youth Change hosts, I often joke that in a time long ago, and a place far away, moms and dads reliably motivated their offspring, and prepared them to be successful students. Continuing the theme, I note that time and place are gone, and they aren't coming back any time soon. Sadly, many of today's families don't motivate their children to care about school, and don't teach them the skills needed to succeed as students. If the family doesn't prepare the child to succeed in school, by default, that task must become the job of the teacher if the family can't or won't start doing what they are supposed to do.
 

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We would never throw a child in the deep end of the pool and expect him to teach himself how to swim. We would never put a child up on the expert ski slope and expect her to teach herself how to ski. But, we do place children in school each year and expect them to teach themselves how to be students. That is why so many teachers work with kids that don't look, act or sound like students. That is why so many teachers struggle with unmotivated, uninterested youngsters, and have an uphill battle to maintain good classroom management and control. Teachers are working with untrained, unmotivated children and youth. It should be no surprise that from Day 1 of the new school year, so many children struggle.

Districts that take the time to train youngsters how to look, act and sound like students usually report a drop in attendance problems, tardiness, absences, and behavior problems. Many report a decrease in expulsions, suspensions and detention. Most report wasting less instruction time than the national average of 22 minutes per hour lost to behavior management problems. But those results make perfect sense and should be expected. Training kids to be students can only yield improvement, and probably has no significant downside. Training kids to be students should begin in Pre-K and every year after. Training kids to be students may be the only common sense, real-world way to build a better school year.

If you do decide to teach your new students how to be prepared for the job they face over the new school year, there is a lot to cover. So where do you start on Day 1 of the new school year? We recommend safety and attendance issues come first, then follow up by teaching the remaining skills your new students need. The subsequent skill training should include a lot of motivation-building. Your youngsters might look, act and sound completely different if they come to believe that school is more important than the air they breathe. But don't forget to ultimately include other key school skill training areas such as adult interaction skills, peer interaction skills, how to be in a class discussion, homework management skills, punctuality skills, and so on. For this back-to-school issue, here are several sample strategies that address an assortment of critical school skills your students will be needing this year.
 

Successful Back-to School

Classroom Management Techniques to Use Now
 

New School Year Resolutions

Some students start off the new school year chock full of negative expectations. Stop the negativity now by hosting a Happy New School Year Party that is similar to a Happy New Year Party. It's tough to stay negative and sour at a party. During the party, have each student make New School Year Resolutions listing what they hope to accomplish during the school year. This approach can really defuse some of the negativity because school is not fitting these students' bleak view.

Banker, Not Teacher

Because students who graduate earn $329,000 more than those who drop out, you may want to tell the class that they should refer to you as a banker, not a teacher. Or, use this line: "A diploma is so valuable that it belongs in your wallet." A great follow-up activity is to ask your students to speculate on what they would do with an extra $329,000. Another follow-up: Have students rename your school to be a bank, so Sixteen Acres Elementary School could become The First Bank of Sixteen Acres or Sixteen Acres Elementary Savings Bank and Loan.

Give Me Five

classroom management posterTeach essential paying attention skills to students by playing Give Me Five. Have the student give you a high five slap then say "Give me five! Two eyes watching, two ears listening, one mouth shut. Give me five!" Our $8 Poster #252 can provide on-going reminders, and for a limited time, it's on sale for 25% off on our site when you enter 25 at checkout.

From Vacation Back to Education

Students don't necessarily have the skills to settle themselves back into the routine of school, but sometimes we assume youngsters can make the big leap on their own, or that they will get help from their parents. Unfortunately, many students will struggle to make the transition, and many of these youngsters won't have parental support, so don't assume that all students will be able to fit back in to the routines and responsibilities of school. Help students let go of summer break and become ready for more structure and responsibility. To aid in the transition, assist students to understand the specific differences they're about to face. Distribute pieces of poster board, about 8 x 11 inches in size. Ask the students to write on one side of the poster board: Goodbye Summer. On the other side, ask students to write: Hello School. Next, ask students to illustrate each side, then discuss their completed creations, assisting students to identify what they must do to make the "big leap" back to school.

Your Job at School

When discussing your role with your students, consider using this description that one of our workshop participants uses each year: "My job is to get you to do what you don't want to do, so you can become what you do want to become."

Have You Ever Heard of Eating School?

To teach students how to behave in the cafeteria, set up Eating School and practice. Instead of practicing with actual food, select silly substitutes. For example, instead of spaghetti and meatballs, students practice with cut-out pictures of spaghetti strands, sauce and meatballs. Be very careful that students don't put any of the substitute items in their mouths, but do select items that are fun so that students won't even notice that they are actually learning lunch room behavior skills.

Self-Control or Teacher Control

A teacher in Alabama says he has great success telling his students at the start of the school year that he expects them to use good self-control, but if they don't "it will be provided for you." Because he adds a light humorous element to the information, it makes it harder for students to resist. Of course, he also teaches his students exactly how to manage their mouths, feet, hands, arms, legs and so on. Both of these aspects need to be included for this technique to work.

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If you've got a small budget but a lot of student behavior problems, Youth Change Workshops is going to help with both. For a limited time, you can get every poster shown in this article for free.

The free school posters included in this blog issue offer you terrific, new classroom management strategies for attendance, procrastination and bad attitudes.

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To get the awesome, free, back-to-school posters featured in this Behavior and Classroom Management Blog article, take two quick steps by August 10, 2013:

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Free Back-to-School Poster #1

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In our live, online and on-site workshops, we always preach that the time to start teaching students about attendance is Day 1, Week 1 of the school year.

Poster #005 is going to help you start off the new school year strong by offering students a continuous, hard-to-miss reminder that they need to be in the classroom every school day.

School attendance posters don't get any funnier than this one, and it's perfect for most elementary, middle school and high school classrooms.

To get Poster #005 as a free printable, follow the simple steps described above. If you prefer to order Poster #5 pre-printed, or want to view it enlarged, click here.

 

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Free Back-to-School Poster #2

classroom poster Poster #314 gives you a funny, attention-grabbing, smart way to stop bad attitudes before they start.

The poster says "I want to hire people who have bad attitudes. Said no boss ever."

Here at Youth Change Workshops, we're asked all the time to go into schools at mid-year to help teachers manage and stop the defiance, negativity and bad attitudes that by mid-year, have gotten pretty extreme. Even though we're the best at showing schools how to build more positive school climates, it's always tough to turn around the negativity after it's gotten entrenched for much of the year. It's far smarter and easier to stop the problems way before they start, and long before they get entrenched. Poster #314 is a perfect strategy to help with that.

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Free Back-to-School Poster #3

free school posterPoster #039 helps you stop procrastination before it starts. The sooner you help students avoid procrastination, the more you can avoid it. That's why Poster #039 belongs on your classroom wall when students arrive for the first day of school.

Whenever we offer our workshops, we like to be sure to point out that classroom walls shouldn't be for decoration. We believe classroom walls should be used for teaching, and posters like Poster #039 do just that.

In our professional development workshops, we also always emphasize that you want to use every access channel to reach your students. Using posters is one of those many modalities, but posters have the advantage of being what we call "passive interventions." That means that your posters do all the work. Once you've hung them on the walls of your classroom, your role becomes passive. Passive interventions save time while helping you reach your goals.

To get Poster #039 as a free printable poster, follow the simple steps described above. If you prefer to order Poster #39 pre-printed for $8, or if you want to see the image enlarged, click here.


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Back-to-School Strategies That Rule

 

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Back-to-School Strategies That Build Success


It's back-to-school time. This issue is filled with terrific back-to-school interventions to stop classroom management problems before they start.

Our new back-to-school ideas are crafted to work with elementary, middle and high school students, and are great for special ed students too.

The back-to-school interventions included in this issue work so much better than just re-stating the school and classroom rules. These lively devices actually teach kids how to be prepared, motivated students. Best of all, these intervention tools prevent classroom management problems before they ever start.

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Motivation for School
WILL WORK FOR ELECTRICITY

back-to-school poster 149Poster 149, shown at right, can be used verbally, or put the message shown on the poster, on your laptop or tablet device.

You can add audio effects as well. This is a great intervention for elementary school students who may not read once you add the audio element.

 

 

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Motivation for School
STAY OR PAY

Teach students that dropouts can afford 1/2 the house, 1/2 the possessions, 1/2 the necessities, 1/2 the fun that grads can afford. Ask students if they would rather "Stay or Pay," meaning would they prefer to "stay" in school or "pay" forever for dropping out.

For elementary school students, use toy houses or paper houses to illustrate the concepts, and do the same for the other elements too. You can skip this addition for middle and high school students.

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Appropriate Dress
WHAT NEVER TO WEAR TO SCHOOL

Stop hassling with students about their inappropriate attire. Instead of reminding your students about the rules, actually teach them the skills they need to comply with your standards.

Ask your class members to generate posters showing What Never to Wear to School, and be sure they include tiny skirts, teeny tank tops, slippers, pajama bottoms, and pants that are way to big.

Post their art work on the wall so it becomes a lasting, vivid, concrete reminder of your standards. For the rest of the school year, no student will ever be able to say "But, I didn't know we couldn't wear swim suits to class!"

Notice how this intervention can work even when parents don't teach their offspring about appropriate dress for school.

 

A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Discussion Skills
WHAT TO SAY WHEN…

Don't just expect students to figure out the nuances of being in a class discussion– teach them those skills instead. So, have the students devise responses to situations that they are likely to encounter in classroom discussions.

For example, have students identify and memorize what to say when…they don't know what to say; they don't want to participate; they don't understand the question, etc. Post their responses on the wall so students can use the information all year long.

You may be surprised how much bad behavior can be avoided using this simple intervention all school year.


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A Back-to-School Intervention to Teach
Appreciation for School
FIND OUT NOW WHAT YOU'LL LEARN LATER

Students often see school as a waste of time. Show them that school is actually their key to survival.

To potently convey how difficult life will be without an education, give each student a page of text that is written in a foreign language that is unfamiliar. Offer each student a terrific prize for explaining what the page says. This will really motivate your class members to read the document, but of course, none will be able to.

Let your students vent about being very frustrated, feeling angry and incapable of completing the task. After the students have finished venting, note that this experience is similar to what life may be like without education.

 

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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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