The Best Back-to-School Bad Behavior-Busters– Includes Online Class with Surprising Strategies

 

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The Best
Back-to-School
Bad Behavior-Busters


Includes Online Class
with Surprising Strategies

 


workshop trainer Ruth Herman Wells

If back-to-school means back to student behavior problems, then you're going to love the problem-stopping classroom management interventions we've packed inside this issue.

I'm 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. I really believe that I have the most dynamic, unusual, attention-grabbing classroom management methods to help you build a better new school year– no matter how much bad behavior you see in your classroom. In addition, ezinetag10 to the lively strategies described below, subscribers of this magazine, can try my new online class absolutely free, and get even more behavior change methods.

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The Best Back-to-School Bad Behavior-Busters

Motivation: As Close to Magic as You Can Get

motivational activity You know there's no magic answers when it comes to getting students to behave, but motivation may as be as close as you can get in the real world. Motivating your students to truly believe that education is the key to survival, can make everything better. In my live professional development classes, I sometimes pretend to switch the topic to funeral insurance, and ask the participants if they will stay in the room. No one ever wants to stay. Your students can't get up and leave physically, but they can leave in many other ways. The device shown here is just one of our thousands of motivational methods that can motivate, motivate, motivate! To print or save this cool behavior management device, simply click on the image or here.


Teach Specific Classroom Behavior Skills remote control student activity

Stop wishing there was a fun, fast way to stop constant classroom management problems like loud talk, interruptions, and run-on comments. We've got an intervention that offers everything you've wished for. Bring a television remote control to school and then you can "mute" students, "slow" them down, or "fast forward" them. Your whole class will be laughing and asking for a chance to operate the remote control. You will have transformed a chronic classroom management problem into a non-problem. Even better, you will find that by creatively training kids to be skilled students, almost any behavior problem can be improved or eliminated.

 

Provide On-Going School Skill Training quiet spray

 

Did you ever notice that while your school has an elaborate academic curriculum, it has no formal, equivalent curriculum for teaching kids how to be students so they can fully benefit from the academic instruction that is offered. Just as you must provide on-going assistance to learn and remember academics, you must provide on-going assistance to learn and remember school behavior skills. The humorous intervention pictured here, Quiet Spray, does just that. It is another example of how chronic classroom management problems can become history. To make a bottle of Quiet Spray, simply label a spray bottle accordingly. The bottle can be empty or you can add some plain or scented water to it. Teachers tell me, for best results, let students spray themselves. Some teachers comment that they can actually see students relax when they mist themselves– whether the bottle contains water or is empty. Either way, this easy-to-do, fun intervention is an almost sure bet to work in your K-12 classroom.

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The Best Apathy-Busters: Turnaround Bad Attitudes With These Innovative Interventions

 

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The Best
Apathy-Busters:


Turnaround Bad Attitudes
With These Innovative Interventions

 

 

If you are seeing more and more apathetic and negative students, you will love the use-now strategies included in this issue. These innovative, attention-grabbing methods are especially designed to work when conventional approaches fail, and were developed to turnaround even the most negative, entrenched child or teen. I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops, and these dynamic strategies are taken from my live, online, and on-site training workshops, as well as from my Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth books and posters.
 

Student Apathy Strategies


Strategy #1

 

School Pays Off

Student apathy posterApathetic students might see more value to school if they knew the pay-off for education. You can use this method verbally, as a poster, as a discussion starter, or as an activity. At left, you can see the intervention. It's our Poster #45. You can view additional, similar posters here.
The poster says: Graduates accept free education and a free diploma so they earn $329,000 more than everybody else. Each diploma doubles the dollars."

 

Strategy #2

 

Reach Beyond the Bluster

For kids who are "wrapped in barbed wire," their apathy and harshness hiding a very gentle and vulnerable child, ask them to decide which they would rather have: "a bruised heart or a boxed heart?" This can be a very effective intervention strategy with students who are guarded and prickly due to negative experiences with adults who are supposed to be consistent, caring role models. A follow-up activity: have the student create art or poetry illustrating some of the phrases shown in quotes above. This activity is best done one-to-one, in small groups, or used by counselors and mental health professionals.


Strategy #3

 

Reality Wins All Arguments

While lots of youngsters complain about their circumstances, some kids complain a lot and often about where they ended up. Some of these youngsters have plenty of legitimate reasons to complain, and some of
them don't. Either way, you can encourage your discouraged complainers to "bloom where they're planted." This is a wonderful intervention for several populations. For example, this approach has worked well with foster kids who are not happy to be moving a new foster care placement. The lyrical phrases shown above work really well as the basis for illustrations by students. Poetry, essays, collages, and other creative activities can also produce some very inspiring, memorable results, and initiate the change you want to engender.

 

Strategy #4

 

Hey, It's Me Plus 25

If you work with youngsters so apathetic or discouraged that they can't really imagine ever having a positive future, or any future at all, ask them to write an email or letter to you as though 25 years have elapsed. In the letter, students can describe what happened to them since they last saw you. For non-writers, they can draw or make a video or audio recording instead of writing, or, you can write for them. Students can make blog entries if they prefer that to a simple letter or email. Here's a variation for students who really resist this strategy: Have them make the letter be about someone else, perhaps a friend or someone they admire or feel neutral about. Once the letter is complete, you will have indirectly learned a lot about the letter's creator, even though the document is ostensibly about a third party. For students, who say "they don't care," ask them to complete the task as if they did care (even though they say they don't care).

 

Strategy #5

 

You Choose

Put the following phrase on the board and ask students to discuss: "This strategy is especially useful for children and youth who hurt themselves, abuse substances, are in gangs, or self-endanger. For younger students and for some other youngsters, you may wish to change the phrase to be a bit gentler. You can use this phrasing instead: "The same power you have to hurt yourself, you have to help yourself." Emotions fuel behaviors. The more you can help students manage their emotions, the less those emotions will interfere with school and education.


Strategy #6

 

When Crime Doesn't Pay

For kids who plan to use illegal activities as their source of future income, you can have a lot of impact by pointing out some surprising realities of your local, state and federal laws. For example, depending on which laws they break, offenders can lose not only the money gained by illegal actions, but also their home, possessions, and vehicles. Under some federal laws, the homes and possessions of relatives and friends may be seized even if these items weren't directly involved in the commission of the crime. It's important to stay aware that illegal activities are not near as lucrative as your kids tell you. Auto theft generates about $18,000 per year, for example, less than what a typical high school grad earns. Even worse, the authorities can take anything related to the auto theft while no one can just take away the graduate's money.
 

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Next Generation Classroom Management Tools

 

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Next Generation
Classroom Management Tools

 


workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsSchool Skills Training can change your life, and the lives of your students.

School Skills Training interventions give you next generation classroom management strategies today. My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm the director of Youth Change Workshops, and creator of School Skills Training strategies.

School Skills Training means that you teach your youngsters how to be students, just like you teach your youngsters academic subject matter.

Amazingly, most school districts have carefully crafted, elaborate plans for teaching academic content, but no curriculum at all to teach the foundation School Skills that youngsters need to fully take advantage of academic offerings.

School Skills Training should include teaching students to be motivated, appropriately dressed, how to interact with other students, how to ride the bus, behave in the hallways, and also how to complete assignments, attend every school day, and have acceptable teacher interaction skills.

If you try it, you'll find that teaching kids to be students works much better than just stating the rules and expectations. Without having School Skills, students will struggle to follow the rules and avoid consequences. With School Skills, students are practiced veterans at performing the skills they need for school, and now can achieve their full potential.

 

Next Generation Classroom Management Interventions

You're going to use these creative, unexpected, next generation of classroom management strategies every day you teach


Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH MOTIVATION FOR EVERY SUBJECT
Including Reading

Literacy Poster #185If you want students to care about school and the academics you offer, you will have to teach them the value of school– especially if parents are not selling the value of  education for you. Poster #185, pictured here, works both as a poster or a worksheet.

The scrambled text says "This is what life is like if you can't read."

What a provocative, compelling, attention-grabbing way to help your students grasp the minute-by-minute, second-by-second importance of reading to functioning in the world.

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Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH SPECIFIC SKILLS
Including How to Follow the Dress Code


Dress Code Poster #196Stop hassling chronic behavior problems by training your students to have the skills and motivation they need to comply with your school's dress code. Yes, it is possible to stop the unending struggle to get students to dress appropriately for school, especially if you show them how  mastering what to wear to school  prepares them for what to wear in their future jobs of choice.

Poster #196 begins to convince students that if they can't dress appropriately for school, they aren't going to be ready to dress correctly for the adult work place, and the jobs and careers they say they want to succeed in as adults.

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Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH STUDENTS TO AVOID MISCONDUCT
Including How to Stop Cyberbullying


cyberbullying poster 280When you were being trained to be a teacher, cyberbullying hadn't been invented, so you may feel unprepared to tackle a problem that can happen both in and out of school.

The reality of our world today is that you have to teach every School Skill behavior you want to happen or stop happening in the classroom and school.

This printable can be used to start a discussion, or students can use it as a template to illustrate what is and is not cyberbullying. This printable appears to be a familiar social networking site that is often used for bullying.

Until students are clear on what words, phrases, actions, postings, and text constitute cyberbullying, you are going to struggle to gain compliance. While it's just a first step, helping students become clear on what is and is not cyberbullying is a must-do first step.

Without an education on the topic, it is too easy for youngsters to claim "But I didn't think it was cyberbullying." Take that excuse off the table before students even start to use it this school year.

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Our Most Creative Student Behavior Management Interventions Ever

 

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Our Most Creative Student Behavior Management Interventions Ever

 
 

 

Some of our best ideas aren't really our ideas. The first couple of student behavior management interventions in this issue were inspired by Dr. Matthew Meyers from LAUSD.

 

Most Creative Student Behavior Management Methods
 

Shaquille on Line 1

This is such a great idea. This strategy is one of the terrific ideas suggested by Matthew from LAUSD.

Staff at his site are working to create celebrity wake-up calls for students. It fits L.A. perfectly and you can easily make it fit your part of the world. Get local or national celebrities to record wake-up calls for your students and start their day with a bang.

No one sleeps through a call from a big name star. Their eyes will be wide open.

 

Put Your Doors to Work

motivational intervention Teacher free resources for classroom managementFor years we have been recommending that you put your walls to work by hanging our popular motivational posters.

At LAUSD, they don't just work their walls, they even work their doors too.

They have created door hangers that they leave on the homes of absent students. We liked that idea so much that we created door hangers for the classroom (pictured above).

As you can see, the door hangers focus on instruction and testing, and are very motivational. You can make your own by downloading a blank outline of a door hanger image. That's how we made our versions.

 


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Succeedies: Breakfast of Graduates

This behavior management method is like nothing you've ever seen before.

They put really successful athletes on the cover of a box of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions. Have your students put themselves on the cover of "Succeedies: Breakfast of Graduates."

To do this, purchase boxes of Wheaties and have your students alter them, or provide them the art supplies to create mock-ups.

Use a digital camera, have students take head shots then transfer them to your computer. Next, print the pictures and have students add them to the cereal boxes.

This activity is a lot of fun and potentially inspirational. Plus, it's hard to stay sour and negative about school when you are involved in a fun project like this.

 

Put Your Shirt to Work

In this issue, we've already discussed putting your walls and doors to work. If you're a teacher, now it's time to put your clothing to work too.

You're going to love this unusual behavior management strategy.

Create buttons or stickers that say "Call Me Banker" or "Don't Call Me Teacher" and attach to your shirt.

Inevitably, students will ask why your button or sticker makes such a bogus claim. Reply by noting that since graduates earn $329,000 more than dropouts, you prefer to be called "Banker."

 

iPod Planet

This is one of my favorite student behavior management interventions ever.

Like many people who work with children and adolescents, you probably don't know which you hate more: iPods in class or cell phones in class.

Instead of waging a constant battle against distracting technology, prevent problems before they start.

First, have students make a list of The Worst Places to Use Your iPod or The Worst Places to Use Your Cell Phone. Include suggestions like "during surgery" and "at church." Be sure to include your site on the list.

Post the lists on the wall, then warn students that they will face unimaginable consequences if they use their iPod or phone in class. Be sure to convey this message using humor because students will face humorous sanctions.

Students will be required to switch to an obsolete version of the offending device for the rest of the class or day. So the iPod will be traded for a cassette player or clunky 8 track tape player. The cell phone will be traded for a dial phone.

The trades should be done using lots of humor to ensure that you avoid the usual power struggles that iPods and cell phones can normally cause.

If you don't have ancient cassette players and phones at home, you can pick them up inexpensively in thrift shops. Students are often intrigued to use low tech technology like dial phones that they may not have seen or heard of before; that intrigue can even distract them from arguing.

Ultimately, students who use prohibited devices will come to expect that they will have to trade their cute little iPod for a dusty, over-sized record player.

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Student Behavior Problems? Here’s Surprising, No-Fail New Strategies

 

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

 
 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells

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

behavior improvement poster 147Have 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.

 


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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
   being unemployed
-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
   have gotten

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Classroom Management Interventions for Students Who Know It All Already

 

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Classroom Management Interventions
for Students
Who Know It All Already

 
 

 

It's no fun to work with kids who know it all already. Some of these youngsters can be quite arrogant and disdainful. Others will convey a sense of superiority that serves to effectively isolate them from their peers. Many adolescents routinely believe they know more than adults, so if you work with teens, you may need every one of the approaches listed below.

classroom management courseI'm Classroom Management Trainer and Speaker Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I've had my share of students who are certain they know it all and I know absolutely nothing. These unexpected classroom management interventions are some of the methods that my Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop participants love the most. I hope you'll love these creative interventions too.

These novel classroom management intervention methods can moderate the amount of time you have to spend each day convincing students that they don't know it all already. These lively interventions may actually help some of your know-it-all students realize that they might still have something to learn from you and your site.
 

Classroom Management Interventions
For Know-It-All Students
 

The Email Hoax That Isn't

Some students believe that they know all there is to know about…everything. Here is a fun way to show them that none of us know it all. You get an email from a friend saying that they found lost money for you, and all you have to do is go on-line to get it. What do you do? Some of your "slicker" students may say that this is a con, and often it would be, but this time it isn't. There are legitimate sites on the web where people can search to see if they have unclaimed money. The friend went to one of these sites and input the student's name, and actually discovered a bank account that the student had opened and forgotten. Without any fees, the student will be able to claim the money by visiting that web site. (Based on the answer you get from your students, you can play this one either way as a hoax or valid, as most times this type of email would be a hoax.)
 

The Dictionary Game

Some youngsters act like they are way above their peers, and the adults too. They may speak in esoteric terms and appear snobbish. Here's a fun way to put everyone on the same level. It's called The Dictionary Game.

Ask one student to find a big word in the dictionary and write it on the board. Next, ask everyone to make up definitions for the term, and to write them on slips of paper. The student who knows the real definition should write the correct answer on a slip. The slips are collected and read, then the group guesses at what the word really means, then the true meaning is revealed.

At the end of the game, all class members will know lots of big words and definitions, putting them more on par with the elitist student. This game may also help some of these youth who believe they know it all, to recognize that they don't when they fail to correctly identify the actual definition for many of the terms.
 

Let's Get Ready to Humble

Are your taxes done? April 15 is just a couple months away. For all those students who believe they know it all, bring them your tax forms (or simulated ones), and let them complete your taxes. It can be a humbling experience. Your students may be wishing they had focused more in math class, or absorbed more about reading comprehension as they untangle and interpret IRS code.
 

Messages on the Door

Some youngsters act like they are ready now to just be on their own, that they don't need your site. Offer these students an apartment, then ask them to manage the messages on the door to the apartment. Use messages like this note from the apartment manager: "We have found another tenant for your apartment. You must move out by the end of the week."

Unless your students know tenant law, they may not know how to handle this situation, or the other problems that show up as messages on their door. When they fail to successfully manage all the situations, you can note that even when the youngster is given an apartment, she may still need the education and help that your site offers.

 

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motivational classroom posterDo You Know What's in the Mail?

Ask your students who already know "everything," to manage your mail. Include mail that says you've won a trip to The Bahamas (if you pay a $800 fee); official-looking, but bogus hospital bills; and enticing record club offers for free items that require you to buy only 22 more items in the next month. You can substitute email spam for junk mail if you prefer.

For a follow-up intervention, use the phrase shown on our Poster #168 to highlight a key monetary benefit of staying in school and getting an education and a diploma.
 

Your Net Knowledge

The internet has provided creative, new ways for all of us to learn that perhaps we don't know it all. Ask your students to solve this: You receive an email saying that you have a virus that will wipe out your computer unless you delete one file right away. What do you do? Well, the wrong answer is to say you will delete the file. This time it is a hoax, and you can have some serious repair work to do if you delete that file. That file was something that you actually need to run your computer. (This is another intervention that you can play either way– as a hoax or not, depending on which you prefer.)
 

Are You Web Wise?

You receive a notice from your bank saying that they are going to now charge you a lot for mailing you the statements for your checking account. They will be free on-line in PDF format. Every job you try to apply for, will only give out applications on-line via PDF. Describe what you need to do to read or print PDF documents. Computer class could have helped, but the answer is that you download a plug-in that is free, and then view the document via the free software. Most sites that use PDF, have a link to the download available. If necessary, substitute other file formats for more web-savvy students.

For very savvy students, make a compelling challenge by testing their knowledge about backward compatibility. Pose challenges involving outmoded technology (like DOS, floppy disks or dot matrix printers, typewriters, for example) that can still be in use in some companies, industries and businesses.
 

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Our 100th Classroom Management Blog: Best Educational Articles and Strategies

 

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Best Educational Articles
and Strategies

 
 

 

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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
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Top Intervention from 1999
If Life Were This Easy

Classroom Management Poster 2Use this intervention with students who think your services are a waste of time.

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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Are You Ready for High Tech Planet?

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.

 

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Improve School Climate: Innovative Classroom Management Strategies

 

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Management Strategies

 
 

 

Speaker shows how to improve school climateIt may be a new year, but you are probably still dealing with the same old "kid problems." The bad attitudes, disrespect, peer conflict, lying, school failure or family problems didn't change when you flipped the page on the calendar.

Don't let last year's problems create another difficult year. Resolve to stop using last year's failed solutions, and instead substitute updated, more effective methods like those contained in our books, instant ebooks, online and live workshops.

I'm workshop presenter and keynote speaker Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. These innovative classroom management strategies are intended to improve school climate faster than conventional methods. I've worked hard to ensure that that your school climate is enhanced when you use these novel strategies.

This may be the right moment to stop using methods that didn't work well in 2005, and will fare no better in 2006. If you don't decide now to switch to more updated, more effective methods, you may continue to find your job discouraging and frustrating, and your students may continue to struggle and be very hard to manage. What better time to make the switch than as you flip the page on the calendar? You might actually discover that working with difficult kids doesn't have to be so difficult.

Resolve in 2006 to try these creative, new ideas to replace some of those worn-out, failed interventions that you should leave behind in 2005 if you really want to improve your school climate now.
 

Classroom Management Strategies to
Improve School Climate
 

ideas to improve school climate1. Chronic Problems Don't Have to Be Chronic

Classic chronic problems– like students misbehaving when they need help– do not have to be "the way it is." You can change chronic problem areas, and you should, because these problems take a huge toll on you, and on your students.

RESOLVE to Stop Chronic Student Behavior Problems
Here is a brand new intervention to use with students who act out when they need help in class: Teach your students "1, 2, 3, Help Me." It's a system that students can use to easily communicate with you when they need help. "1" means "I can do it on my own." "2" means "I need help starting," and "3" means "I'm going to need help the whole way through." Now, even non-verbal students can easily get help without acting-out.

2. Stop Guessing What to Do

Do you want your doctor guessing how to cure your illness? No, you want her to know what to do. Are you guessing why children are mute or absent? Do you wonder how to contain severe acting out? Guessing is often ineffective and can be dangerous. If you have to guess a lot, it may be a sign that your training may not have sufficiently equipped you to understand the increasingly serious emotional and behavior problems that today's students present.

classroom management strategiesRESOLVE to Stop Guessing About Student Behavior
If you use the same generic interventions with your entire broad range of students, that's like having a single wrench in your tool box. You would have to use that wrench when you really needed a screwdriver or a hammer. How well would that work? Upgrade your skills with your students to fit all the different types of students and problems that you work with. Start with conduct disorders since conventional methods like character ed, can actually make them much worse– and these are already your hardest-to-manage students. If you are not knowledgeable about conduct disorder, read some of this blog's educational articles on the topic. They are shown in the right hand column of this page

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3. Stop Relying on Talk

Students only remember what you say for about 30 minutes, and even then, they tend to remember only about about half of what you said. Verbiage is not the best access channel to reach all students so stop making it your sole or primary approach.

RESOLVE to Use a Wider Range of Modalities
improve school climateHere is a dynamite intervention that doesn't rely on just what you say. It gets the job done better than mere speech. It's our popular Poster #37, "If You're Rude, You're Our Dude." It is from our brand new "Behavior Change Handouts: Becoming a Motivated and Prepared Student and Worker" ebook but you can make your own version if you don't want to purchase it. This sign without any verbiage can accomplish more to improve student behavior and school climate than paragraphs of words ever could. The poster is just $8.

As far as not just relying on verbiage as your only classroom and behavior management intervention, think of it this way: If your tool box contained just a wrench, you'd be so happy to discover hammers and screwdrivers. That analogy may apply to the tools you are using to teach or counsel. Are you aware that there is an endless supply of more effective interventions that could make your job easier and your students more successful? Just look at our huge resource website to see, and notice that hundreds of strategies are free.

RESOLVE to Try One New Intervention Every Week
Here is an easy way to get 52 new methods incorporated into your skill set. Add a new, improved technique each week. Our website has has hundreds and hundreds of school climate improvement methods that will work better than your old approaches. The Innovative Solutions area of the website has many, many free strategies and makes a great place to start.

Here is one other place to start: Some older students think they "know it all already." Don't use the conventional method of confronting that belief. Instead, ask them to explain what "repair and deduct" means when said by a tenant with a bad landlord. Few youngsters will know that term even though it could be terribly important. (It means that a tenant can arrange needed repairs when a landlord has failed to do so– plus the tenant can deduct it from the rent. Don't know this? You might have to live without plumbing or heat!)
 

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The #1 Behavior Improvement and Classroom Management Intervention That Students Can’t Resist

 

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K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells Can you name the #1 style of behavior improvement intervention that your students can't resist?

Here's a hint: It's an intervention that everyone has, but many of us forget to use. It's a method that is practically guaranteed to capture your students' interest and attention, and to make them more likely to receive and remember your message. What is it?

It's the same thing that just motivated you to keep reading this  article: Curiosity.

It's such a powerful technique, yet so seldom used. Reaching troubled and problem youngsters is tough. We need to be sure that we are utilizing all the best techniques, so here are a few new strategies that use curiosity to hammer home your message.

These behavior improvement and classroom management strategies are taken from my books and workshops. I'm Classroom Management Instructor and Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops.
 

Behavior Improvement Interventions
That Use Curiosity

 

Behavior improvement interventionStreet Closed, Details at 11
Don't you hate those teases that the local news channels do? They tell you that a major street is closed by saying "Main thoroughfare shut. Will you be able to get to work tomorrow? Find out at 11." You are dying to know if the closure will affect you, aren't you?

Curiosity truly can compel your attention. Adapt those news previews to your site. For example, you could make an announcement or post a sign that says: "Get an 'A' on the next quiz. Find out how 3rd Period." or "What silly joke will Mr. Gomez tell during Math? Be there to find out." These easy-to-do interventions will not only generate a buzz, but a side benefit is the way they can create a welcoming, fun or warm atmosphere for your students.

Counselors, it's easy to adapt this device for group counseling sessions. To develop team spirit and to help group members become more open, you could make an announcement like this: "Within the first 5 minutes of Group, Ms. Leeds (the counselor) will reveal one of her most embarrassing moments in high school. Be on time to find out."

A Voice From the Future
Normally in life, there aren't very many opportunities to actually to learn from the future, so this intervention is a curiosity in that regard, but also in other ways. This intervention can be implemented in a high tech manner, or a lower tech way. Ask students to write letters to themselves from the future. So, for example, ask freshman to write letters to themselves as though they were graduating seniors. The low tech implementation requires that you save the letters and mail or deliver them in several years.

The high tech method is easier. There are services that will deliver the letter at whatever time you select. When students are writing their letters, steer them to craft thoughtful, emotional, or inspirational creations.

There's No Substitute for This
This has been an incredibly popular method. This student behavior improvement strategy can instantly improve the conduct that your students use when they have a substitute teacher in their classroom– and their curiosity is the reason why this technique almost never fails.

The day before you anticipate having a sub in your classroom, get enough envelopes so that you have one for each student. You will also need a roll of duct tape. When your students arrive the next day, there should be an envelope taped to each youngster's desk. Have the sub inform the class that inside each envelope is some type of goodie. All the students who have good behavior will be allowed to open their envelopes when the teacher returns, and will get the goodie. All the students who have problem behavior will not get the goodie, and will not be allowed to even look inside the envelope. It is your choice what to select for goodies.

You can offer extrinsic rewards like "Get Out of Class Early" passes, or intrinsic rewards like going for a walk together, or you can offer a mixture of both types. You should customize each goodie to fit each student. Substitute teachers absolutely adore this approach, and report that it completely transforms the behavior they get in the classroom.
 

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student behavior improvementThe Phrase of the Day
This is an intervention that is so much fun and you can use it every day. This strategy has several benefits. First, it creates a wonderful, friendly atmosphere. Second, it can lessen the tension that some youngsters can feel during the time they spend in a difficult class. Third, students will begin paying careful attention to the verbiage that occurs because they are curious about what is going to happen, and when.

Here's the intervention: Each day, ask one student to select the "Phrase of the Day" from the verbiage heard in class. Give that student a loud bell or air horn to signal the class at the moment someone has spoken the new "Phrase of the Day." The selection is completely up to the student, but the entire class will be expectantly waiting for the alert that the phrase was selected. At the end of class, students can compete to see who still remembers the exact "Phrase of the Day."

You can consider offering a prize to the winner, or even better, let the winner be the person who gets to choose the next day's "Phrase of the Day."
 

What Might Be
Ask students to detail the activities that they don't want to do at your site. Have students list those activities in a column on one side of a page. Next, ask your students to determine what they would be in life if they could be anything they wanted. Have students list those responses in a second column. Next, write this sentence on the board, and read it to your students: "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."

Discuss the sentence in conjunction with the students' two columns, assisting students to realize that your job is to help them reach their goals, and their job is to remember that, and act accordingly.

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Classroom Management Help Now: Attention-Grabbing ADHD Strategies

 

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ADHD classroom management strategiesNeed some new behavior management strategies for your children and youth who have ADHD? Here are some of our favorites that you may find to be refreshingly different from what you are using now. All of these interventions are not only appropriate for your youth and children who have ADHD, but these interventions may also be essential training for any youngster. Remember: It's normal for many children and youth to be high energy and in motion. Because of that, these interventions should be offered as basic training for all students.

This article is written by Youth Change Professional Development Workshops' Director, Lead Trainer Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. (pictured above.) You're in good hands. Ruth has developed lively, much more successful strategies for ADHD that you're going to be able to use right away. These ADHD strategies are taken from Ruth's popular Breakthrough Strategies Workshop.
 

Awesome ADHD Strategies


Show Both the Problem and Goal Behaviors
Children with ADHD may be comfortable, but the adults who work with them, may be uncomfortable with their speed. When you tell ADHD-affected children to "stop it," they may not be clear what the problem is, even though it may be obvious to you. To give ADHD-affected children a picture of both the problem behavior and goal behavior, consider using these terms that paint a picture:
 

► Slow-Rolling Behavior: This conveys a rate of motion that may be too slow to work well.
► Speed-Racing Behavior: This term conveys a rate of motion that may be too fast to work well.
► Pace-Setting Behavior: This conveys a rate of motion that isn't too fast or too slow, but just right.

Follow-up: After students understand the terms, have them demonstrate of each term. Or, students can create pictures explaining each term, and the pictures can be posted on the wall as visual reminders.

Other options: For younger students, use puppets to practice pace-setting behaviors, then discuss the benefits and hazards of each type of behavior in the jobs and businesses that interest your students.
 

Teach About Attention-Grabbers
ADHD children– and plenty of other children– don't know how to manage distractions. Use a loud radio and other attention-getting devices to create distractions, then teach your students to identify and rectify the problem. You can assist them to identify what to say, when to say it and how to say it. For example, students can be assisted to develop specific phrases to alert teachers that they need help to manage a distraction. Consider having your students use the words "attention-grabbers" as a memorable way to describe distractions.

Follow-up: Have students identify potential attention- grabbers in their future work places and how to manage those distractions. Be sure to have your youngsters identify what can happen if work place distractions are not properly managed, especially for occupations like pilot, doctor, rap singer, and hair stylist.

Thoroughly Teach Paying Attention
ADHD children often need lots of repetition and practice before acquiring new skills. To teach ADHD-affected students and others how to better pay attention, use metal and a magnet to illustrate how students' eyes should be "stuck" on the teacher. Next, have students practice having their eyes, ears and mind "stuck" on the teacher.

 

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Teach Hand Raising Before You Expect It
If you require hands to be raised prior to speaking, carefully teach the skill before expecting it. Show the desired way to perform hand raising and also problematic ways. Teach students that waving around your arms is "windshield wiper arms" then ask them for "flagpole arms." Demonstrate both methods to ensure comprehension. Next, be sure to practice appropriate hand raising.

Follow-up: Have students identify jobs that often require workers to have permission prior to speaking. Include jobs like lawyers in court, pilots on the radio, and office workers in a meeting. Ask students to identify the consequences these workers may face for frequent talk-outs. Assist students to view hand raising as essential preparation for their future jobs.

No Statues Allowed
It is normal for children and teens to be active. Whether or not a child lives with ADHD, many children are ill-suited to sit extremely still for 50 to 90 minutes at a time. Children and teens make lousy statues. So instead of requiring your students to sit still, consider negotiating what motion you'll allow. So, you might not permit a child to bang his feet on the chair in front of him, but you might allow doodling or foot tapping that doesn't disturb others. Assist the child to practice doing the negotiated behavior so that the foot tapping isn't stomping, for example.

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