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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    Schedule the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Workshop to come to your site. This is the one professional development inservice that produces results, results, results. Call 1.800.545.5736 now. This surprisingly affordable inservice also makes a terrific fund raiser. College credit and 10 professional development clock hours are available. Your staff will finally have the more effective, real-world tools they need to work with today’s challenging, difficult youth.

     

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The Very Best Interventions for the Very Worst Behavior Problems

 

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The Very Best Interventions for the
Very Worst Behavior Problems

 


educational speakerEveryone at Youth Change Workshops is so excited that in January,  2011, our Director, Ruth Herman Wells was rated by SpeakerWiki as the #3 Elementary Education Speaker and #7 High School Ed Speaker in the U.S. She was also rated #8 of all Education Administrator Speakers. Ruth is known not just for her emotional, captivating speaking, but for her one-of-a-kind, unexpected behavior management interventions to turnaround the behavior problems presented by troubled youth and children. Here are some of Ruth's most popular, enduring, and effective classroom management interventions for students' bad behavior and attitude in school. Want more awesome behavior management solutions? Keep reading.

 

Me? Flunk English? That's Unpossible!

Just write this sentence on the board, then let the students discuss it:
"WiLl YOu RealY NevER ned a diPlOmA?" You may also repeat this exercise with this sentence: "Me? Flunk English? That's unpossible!" (The second sentence is from the cartoon show, "The Simpsons".) Ask your students to create other sentences like the two shown above. Also, you can ask your students to imagine how signs might be read by someone who hasn't learned to read very well. For example, ask them to imagine signs at the airport you better be able to read. They will devise many funny but provocative scenarios. Now that students see more value in reading and school, discuss with them how serious misbehavior at school keeps them from learning the information that they now acknowledge they need.
 

The Old Switcheroo Works Every Time

This is a very cagey intervention that reveals exactly who is the real problem. Make a list of problems that adults can have at work and in the community, such as "Mr. Frank is frequently late to work. Mr. Frank is angry at the boss for docking him pay for the time he's late, saying it is the boss's fault he loses money." Ask your students to determine who is accountable for the problem. Students will indicate that Mr. Frank is accountable. After the students determine adults are accountable in each scenario, present them with a second list of scenarios. This list should be exactly the same as the first list, but substitute youngsters for adults in each situation. Next, ask your group members to determine accountability. It may make for an interesting discussion, and provoke some new thinking. Few students will anticipate the old switcheroo. That's what gives this intervention so much power and impact. That's what makes this intervention work when more conventional strategies fail.

 

Live Through This– If You Can

Some students are very negative about school because they consider it to be a waste. Here is a fun intervention to show students that education may be essential. Have students write down the types of problems that an adult might have to deal with during one really bad day, then have them determine how many of these activities use skills learned in school. Your group will notice that education is needed to solve or manage all or most of the problems that happen to adults on really bad days. Include problems like the refrigerator is a bit warm, the car seems to slide for some reason on the wet road, and the bank says that your checking account is overdrawn.

 

The Texting Surgeon and the Distractible Pilot

Ask students to list their "dream jobs". Write the responses in a column on the board. Make a second column and ask the students to list problem behaviors that young people sometimes do. Include answers like swear, become distracted, and not follow directions. Next, draw a line from a dream job to a problem behavior. Ask the students to discern what could happen if the worker used the problem behavior. So, for example, what could happen if an airplane pilot didn't follow the air traffic controller's instructions? Another example: What could happen if a surgeon became distracted? Assist students to realize that problem behaviors can cause significant, even deadly consequences in many jobs, especially many of the jobs they describe as desirable. Ask the group to discuss how behavior problems at school will become behavior problems at work unless students decide to improve their conduct now. For students who say "I will just behave better on the job," challenge them to demonstrate those skills now by using only acceptable behavior for the next three months.

 

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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.

To order these full size, color, glossy posters, for $8 each, click here.

 

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.

To order this poster for $8, click here.

 

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.

To order Poster 280, click here.

 

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Stop Classroom Management Problems Before They Start

 

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Stop Classroom
Management Problems
Before They Start

 

 

School Skills Training.

It could change your life, your classroom management, and the lives of your students.

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

Your school district has a carefully planned curriculum for teaching academic content, but no curriculum at all to teach the foundation School Skills that youngsters need to take advantage of the academic offerings.

Even though all schools want students to be motivated, have a good attitude, be appropriately dressed, arrive on time, have class discussion skills, and complete assignments, few schools have any plan at all to teach students how to do all that.

Then, we wonder why there are so many classroom management problems in so many classrooms.

Here it is, the start of a new school year, and all around the country schools are expecting students to have basic School Skills that they've actually never been systematically taught.

That is why so many kids don't look, act, or sound like students. They haven't been taught.

If you are tired of the endless classroom management problems that gobble up a whopping 22 minutes of each 50 minute period of instruction, then be sure you develop and follow a School Skills Training game plan for transforming kids into prepared, motivated students with positive attitudes.

 

Classroom Management School Skills Training Strategies


Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH SPECIFIC SCHOOL SKILLS
 

classroom management poster 226 Stop talking about the rules and start teaching the rules.

You wouldn't just talk about calculus because that doesn't teach students calculus.

When you just talk about the rules,
that doesn't teach students how to follow the rules.

Just talking about the rules is ineffective because so many youngsters don't have the
requisite needed skills to comply.

So, instead of just saying
poster203 "Dress appropriately" or "Don't miss class," provide specific instruction about what to wear, what not to wear, as well as attendance and punctuality.

Include skill training on key elements such as how often to wear dirty and stained clothes, how to be sure to have clean school clothes available, and so on.

Poster #203, pictured above, gives an unmistakable image of the problem behavior, and makes it tough for students to claim "But I didn't know what was considered saggy pants."

Poster #226, shown at left, can start the conversation about attendance. In the discussion, assist students to develop quantifiable guidelines, such as the number of times per class period to use the rest room during class, and how to plan to use the bathroom in between classes, and so on.

Stating the rules should always be just a small part of the process. To gain compliance with your rules, and have satisfactory classroom management, the main thrust must be to provide on-going instruction that gives students the skills they need to follow the rules.

To order these full color, glossy posters, for $8 each, click here.

 

Stop Classroom Management Problems
TEACH MOTIVATION

career poster #180Schools seldom include motivation as part of their curriculum, but without motivation, education may seem irrelevant to students.

You need to actually "sell" school to your students. That's right. To provide thorough
School Skills Training, you have to show the value of education. It's obvious to you, not at all obvious to some of your students.

If you convince students of the value of school, you won't have to struggle so much with classroom management.

Motivated students recognize that school is as important as the air they breathe, and act accordingly.

It's your choice. You can continue to struggle to manage unmotivated, uninterested students, or you can take the time to show them the enormous benefits that school delivers, and
watch your classroom management problems moderate or go away entirely.

Poster #180 shows students how education is required to succeed in the contemporary work world.

To order this poster for $8, click here.

 

Stop Classroom Management Problems
BUILD POSITIVE ATTITUDES

Motivational Poster 168You don't have to just suffer students' negative attitudes all year long.

As part of School Skill Training, turnaround the negativity about school and education.

It's hard for students of any age to be sour and negative when you help them discover that a high school diploma is worth $329,000 more in salary over the course of their lifetime.

Consider asking students to stop referring to you as "teacher," and start referring to you as "banker."

Poster #168, shown at left, offers an attention-grabbing tool to start the process of reversing negative attitudes among your students.

Click to order this poster for $8.

 

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    Schedule the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Workshop to come to your site. This is the one professional development inservice that produces results, results, results. Call 1.800.545.5736 now. This surprisingly affordable inservice also makes a terrific fund raiser. College credit and 10 professional development clock hours are available. Your staff will finally have the more effective, real-world tools they need to work with today’s challenging, difficult youth.

     

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Stop Cyberbullying and Self-Harm: Cyber Smarts for the Facebook Generation

 

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Stop Cyberbullying and Self-Harm:
Cyber Smarts
for the Facebook Generation
 


Someday they may call your students the "Facebook Generation." Their
worlds revolve around all things electronic. As a consequence, the
venue for student problems is shifting from the real world to the virtual
one. Unfortunately, virtual world problems can be very much real world
problems too.

Cyberbullying prevention has become a must-do
for most elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

At our workshops, we are getting a lot more requests for
help with students who are facing or engaging in cyberbullying. We
also have been getting a lot of questions about what to do about
students who are literally trashing their own reputations and credibility
by posting damaging pictures and comments about partying, substance
abuse, their interpersonal relationships, and their feelings about their
teachers and bosses. In a time when more and more employers and
colleges are requiring access to applicants' Facebook and My Space
pages, students continue to make themselves unemployable and unlikely
admission candidates when their less-than-sedate lives are splayed all
over the internet– forever.

In this issue, you will be seeing cutting-edge, never-seen-before,
powerful new tools for the Facebook generation. They are designed to
reduce the cyberbullying, and self-harm your students may be involved
in on internet social network sites.

Just like the saying, "What happens in Vegas,
stays in Vegas," "What happens on the internet
stays on the internet," potentially forever.

Help your students avoid being haunted forever
by indiscretions, vulnerabilities, or misbehavior that they
exposed to the world when they where just thirteen or fifteen or
seventeen.

Your students need help with cyber-safety, and fortunately, we have
great cyberbullying prevention strategies for you.

 

Cyberbullying Prevention Methods

 

FACEBOOK
THE ACCIDENTAL RESUME
 

Cyberbullying prevention poster 279Students who post on
Facebook and similar sites
about partying, their intimate
relationship details, substance
abuse, or their dislike for their
employer and job, probably
don't realize that they are
doing great self-harm. Make
sure your students know that
many employers and
university admissions staff are
now requiring access to
students' Facebook and My
Space pages, and they often
ask to review students' blogs.

In fact, there are now sites so cyberbullying poster 280
sophisticated that bosses and
universities don't have to ask.


These rogue sites gather
pictures and text from
supposedly private pages and
blogs. A student may be only
13, but their misdeeds as a young teen may follow them in cyberspace
for the rest of their lives. Youthful errors used to stay in the past, but that will stop with the Facebook generation.

Because the internet is forever, you can refer to Facebook as "the accidental resume."

The intervention pictured above gives you state-of-the-art tools to educate your students before they are harmed in cyberspace. It shows a Facebook page where a student has made negative comments about his/her job, and revealed his substance abuse.

This worksheet/poster brings the cyber world and real world together. Ask students to view this worksheet through the eyes of a boss, school admissions officer, or apartment manager. (Thanks to special ed teacher, Chris Wells for this
truly amazing worksheet.)

View Posters 279 and 280 here.
 

CYBERBULLYING
ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKING HURTS BULLIES TOO


Bullying prevention poster 97Bullies, be they cyberbullies
or real-world bullies, they're not known
for their empathy.

If you want to change the
bully's behavior, avoid
relationship-based
interventions at all times.
Instead, show the bully
that by hurting others,
he hurts himself.

Bullies will rein in their conduct if they may lose something they want, so show bullies that if their expertise with people is being a good bully, they will have great difficulty keeping jobs, apartments, roommates, friends, etc.

Teach bullies that there is "no way to hurt others without hurting yourself." Be sure that you don't let bullies say they can stop bullying but they choose not to.

Use some of the phrases included on our Poster #097 – shown above, click on it to enlarge it– such as "Bully today, bully tomorrow. Stop now if you can."

To order this bully prevention poster for $8, click here.

 

CYBERBULLYING
IS CYBER CRIME


"But I didn't think it was cyberbullying." That's what
students often say to avoid responsibility for their actions
online. Wipe out that excuse before it happens. Begin by
ensuring that all your students know exactly what constitutes cyberbullying.

 

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School Skills Training: Better Classroom Management Now

 

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School Skills Training:
Better Classroom Management Now

 


Breakthrough Classroom Management workshop instructorWe've been hearing that a lot from weary teachers who are crossing the country to come to our Seattle Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop. Many of them travel in search of better classroom management. I'm course instructor, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S.

When lots of your students are disrespectful, defiant, angry, disinterested, and apathetic, we understand that you want help now, not in a couple months. While we can't pack all 200 interventions from our workshop into this issue, we're going to give you a few of our quickest, most innovative and effective classroom management improvement devices that you can use right now.

We always stress in our workshops that teachers should never assume that their class participants have any idea how to look, act, or sound like students– that teachers may need to teach that before expecting it. That's right. You need to transform kids into students before you are going to get the kind of behavior you need in your classroom.

We call this notion School Skills Training. School Skills Training techniques take untrained, unmotivated, uncooperative kids and helps them become skilled, motivated, cooperative students. You may find that this simple, do-able, time-efficient training approach will rapidly transform your kids and classroom.

Keep reading, and discover that better classroom management can start today.

 

Better Classroom Management Now


TEACH SCHOOL SKILLS BEFORE EXPECTING THEM
 

Improve Attendance and Punctuality


What You Miss Today Makes It Harder to Learn Tomorrow

motivational lesson planEnlarge the student worksheet shown in the picture for better viewing.

Attendance may be the single most important School Skill to teach. If students aren't in class, nothing else matters.

Years ago, parents routinely taught their offspring to regularly attend school. That is not as likely today. If parents aren't reliably teaching attendance, then you must.

Here's a sampling of the thousands of attendance-building teaching tools we have to offer.

This lesson plan and printable are called "What You Miss Today Makes It Harder to Learn Tomorrow." The intervention vividly and memorably convinces students of the importance of regularly coming to school.

It's just one of our endless supply of resources that teach attendance skills to students who are truant, frequently late, or missing part of the school day.

This lesson plan and worksheet are from our Turn On the
Turned-Off Student book (click).

 

TEACH SCHOOL SKILLS BEFORE EXPECTING THEM


Build Motivation and Enthusiasm for School


Even Rock Stars Gonna Need School

motivational worksheetSo many students believe that school is a waste. Fortunately, School Skills training gives you unexpected, innovative techniques to combat the
apathy and poor motivation that you see each day in your classroom.

You're going to really like how effectively this lesson plan and printable start to reverse student apathy.

The lesson is called "Even Rock Stars Gonna Need School." This intervention begins to debunk students' beliefs that they'll never need education because they're going to become rock stars, models, or sports stars. No single intervention can turnaround all the apathy and disinterest, but fortunately, we have thousands more you can use to finish the job.

The worksheet shows an injured star saying things like "I can't even balance my checkbook." Also shown: a rich, beautiful model is suddently disfigured by a huge mark on her face. A wealthy wife is suddenly widowed and broke. A rock star and others meet similar fates. You can ask your students to speculate what happens to all these people that makes school suddenly so very important and necessary.

You don't need to buy this student printable. You can make it, or use the information featured on the worksheet verbally. This lesson plan and worksheet are also from the Turn On the Turned-Off Student book (click).

 

TEACH SCHOOL SKILLS BEFORE EXPECTING THEM


Improve Negative Attitudes


I'm Not the Problem at School

student lesson plan lastch2bigpages_Page_2Students' negative attitudes can quickly create serious, chronic classroom management problems. While there are plenty of negative attitudes around, few resources exist to turn them around.

School Skill Training covers all aspects of being a successful student– even how to have a positive attitude about school.

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This lesson and worksheet are called "I'm Not the Problem at School." This unusual lesson and
printable are designed to reverse students' negativity.

Of course, a single lesson can't accomplish all that at once, but hopefully this sample will get you off to a good start. If you need additional attitude adjustment tools, we may be the only place that can provide you with powerful, gets-the-job-done attitude adjustment resources.

This lesson plan and worksheet are from our Last Chance School Success Guide book (click).

 

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Innovative Classroom Management Techniques to Win the Race to the Top

 

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Innovative Classroom Management Techniques to
Win the Race to the Top

 


Here is the most overlooked solution to win education's "race to the top": Train kids to be successful students. It's the classroom management technique that makes sense and isn't just another passing fad.

Kids are not born instant students, magically knowing what to wear to school, how to interact with teachers, work hard, arrive on time, and be motivated.

Years ago, parents taught all that, but many families don't reliably prepare students in that manner any more. That means that many teachers are working with untrained, unmotivated, uninterested students, who act untrained, unmotivated, and uninterested. Since families no longer reliably provide this preparation, and schools don't offer it on a formal, comprehensive basis, it is unrealistic for educators to expect kids to have and use School Skills.

Without being formally and systematically taught all the specific School Skills they need, kids can no more just "know" how to be students, than they could just "know" geometry or spelling. For kids of any age to succeed as students, they must be provided training, and all the consequences in the world won't compensate for the lack of skills.

To expect kids to know how to be students without providing them any training, is no different than expecting kids to swim without providing them any training. Just as some youngsters might go down in the water, you see some youngsters going down in your school or agency.

To help more of your youngsters to stay afloat, you need to teach them the skills, motivation, and attitude they need to succeed in school.

So, make a resolution for the new year: Resolve to stop working with untrained students, and instead provide your students the School Skills training they need. You might spend the rest of your year working with trained, motivated, prepared students. That's the way to win your race to the top.
 

Improved Classroom Management Techniques


Train Kids to Be Students:
 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
STEP 1– Motivate, Motivate, Motivate
 

grammar posterIf you were enrolled in a class called "Everything You Need to
Know About Funeral Insurance," you'd run from the class as fast as you could because you saw no relevance. Sadly, some of your students view your class in the same light.

The difference is that the content you offer is critical for survival. It is critical that you use innovative, effective techniques to motivate students to appreciate the value of your content area before you start to teach it.

Otherwise, those students may absorb about the same amount of information you would learn in a semester of Funeral Insurance class. Without motivating students before commencing instruction, your race to the top, can quickly become a race to the bottom.

Poster #216 (shown above) uses humor to slip by any resistance students have, and can begin to convince youngsters that learning grammar could have importance. This device works great as a poster, worksheet, or written on your marker board. You can buy it here, or make your own.

 

Train Kids to Be Students:
 

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
STEP 2– Skills, Skills, Skills
 

school rules poster 197Have you ever added up how much time you spend hassling unending School Skills problems instead of providing instruction? If you're typical, you lose a whopping 22 minutes of instruction time per hour hassling frustrating, nonstop problems like punctuality, attitude, participation, disruption, and not following the dress code.

What a waste of precious instruction time, yet that loss can be avoided if you teach School Skills prior to expecting them.

Shown above is Poster 197. It actually begins the process of teaching students how to follow your school's dress code policy. Use this item as a worksheet or poster, or discuss its content with students. However you use this technique, be sure you are teaching dress code skills in the same comprehensive way you teach academic skills.

Just stating expectations is not sufficient for successful academic instruction, and it's not sufficient for successful School Skills Training instruction either. Poster #197 is just a start; to teach students to follow the dress code, you have to teach them as thoroughly as you would teach any academic area. One quick intervention will not do the trick.

 

Train Kids to Be Students:


CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
STEP 3– Attitude, Attitude, Attitude


motivational posterIf you had spent the past 4 months, 5 days a week in Funeral
Insurance class, what's your attitude looking like right about
now?

Pretty horrible, right?

The same is true for students who have now spent 4 months in school, an experience they find as useless as your Funeral Insurance class. Until you adjust the negative attitudes, your content instruction can just be "blah-blah-blah" to students who view you and your class as completely bogus.

Cut through the negative attitudes by convincing students of the tremendous value you are offering them. Since grads earn $329,000 more than everyone else, be sure to "wow"
students by telling them that.

Poster 168, shown above, illustrates the point. You can use the phrase pictured on the poster, or make your own. Notice that the diploma on the poster is actually made of money. That might make an excellent discussion starter. Purchase Poster #168 here.

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Inspirational Apathy-Buster Strategies That Inspire Apathetic Students to Aspire

 

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Inspirational
Apathy-Buster Strategies
That Inspire Apathetic Students to Aspire

 

 

If you've got apathetic students, we've got fantastic strategies for them.

workshop trainer Ruth Herman WellsThis is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., author of many books and posters for apathetic students. We have so many awesome strategies to turnaround apathy, that it's hard to pick just a few favorite interventions for this issue. I hope you enjoy the strategies I've picked out for you and your students.

 

INSPIRE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE STUDENTS

poster for apathetic studentsIt can be tough to inspire students who are "anti-self" but this creative intervention can be a good start. The quote on the worksheet has been attributed to the late Les Paul. It says "The same power you have to destroy yourself, you have to save yourself." You can use this device verbally; it can quickly start a productive discussion. You could also enlarge the worksheet into a poster.

Here is a wonderful alternative activity: Ask your students to research the life of Les Paul, who overcome many challenges to reach great heights as a musician and inventor.

You can order Poster #166 here.


INSPIRE UNMOTIVATED STUDENTS

motivational classroom posterThe little thumbnail picture at left does not adequately capture the special graphic effects on this worksheet. When viewed at full size, the word "DIPLOMA" appears more hidden in the background, creating a bit of a subliminal effect. When students realize that the background also contains the answer to the sentence featured on the poster, they may have an "Aha!" moment that you might not accomplish with a more straightforward approach.

This intervention hinges on the reality that each degree doubles the dollars that students earn. A high school diploma tends to generate about $329,000 more income for graduates compared to dropouts. This handout highlights that in a very memorable fashion.

If you read this worksheet to young students and non-readers, this intervention can work with almost everyone. This device will work best as a worksheet but you can also use the information verbally. If you prefer experiential approaches, use $329,000 in play money to make the activity more vivid.

You can have students use art supplies or computer design programs to make diplomas out of money, or order Poster 168 here.

 

INSPIRE HONESTY

You are going to love this enjoyable, potent activity that can reduce lying. While this device works with almost any age group, it won't be useful to use with the 11-14% of your class that may be conduct disordered. However, this terrific experiential activity can have a lot of impact on the balance of your students.

To conduct this activity, you need lots of big books, or other heavy objects. Dictionaries work really well. Before starting, remind students of the requirement for you to report any disclosures that include safety concerns.

To begin the activity, initiate a discussion of lying. Part way into the discussion, ask for a student to volunteer to help with a demonstration. Select a student who has already revealed a lot of past lies– but be sure to pick a youngster who revealed lies that are not serious, consequential, or personal. Do not select youngsters who reveal lies that are serious, intimate, or personal. Ask that student to briefly re-state the first lie. As they speak, hand them the first big book.

Ask the student to say their second lie, and hand them another book. Continue the process until the student is having great difficulty holding all the books, or until the student drops some books, or the student declines to continue.

Discuss with the class how lies weigh you down until they become impossible to carry. Thanks to special ed teacher, Chris Wells for this creative, fun device.

 

INSPIRE SAD STUDENTS

Students often face struggles that their teachers and counselors can only imagine. Many students don't disclose the nature of their distress, and that makes it very hard to intervene.

Here is a powerful intervention that can help you better understand what your students face. If you have non-writers, you can do the writing portion of this activity as each youngster dictates to you.

Ask students to capture their year as if they were writing a Twitter tweet, which is just 140 characters. Reducing a year to 140 characters may reveal information that could be more readily hidden in conversation. Once you know more about the child's world view, you will have a better idea how to reach and inspire them.

You can adapt this idea to Facebook by asking students to give a several sentence long status update summarizing their year. You may permit some students to use graphics or music instead of just words. Before using this intervention, be sure to remind students that if they reveal abusive situations, that you are required to take protective action.

This intervention is better suited for use by counselors; if you are not a counselor, consult with one before using the device.

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Back-to-School Strategies That Rule

 

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Back-to-School
Strategies That Rule

 
 

 

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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Don’t Freak, It’s Back-to-School Week: Survival Strategies

 

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Don't Freak, It's Back-to-School Week:
Survival Strategies

 
 

 

In between trekking from school to school, conference to conference, and agency to agency all summer, teaching our popular Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop, we've been busy producing knock-your-socks-off, new handouts and posters.

Some of these brand new handouts and posters are so new that they aren't even for sale yet on our website, but as a subscriber to this internet magazine, you can have some of these attention-grabbing worksheets now, for free.

We hope you enjoy these exciting, new back-to-school strategies.

 

Back-to-School Strategies
 

Put Your Students on a Box of SUCCEEDIES

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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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