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Classroom Management Ideas & Strategies

 


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Behavior management and classroom management strategies that utilize humor or fun, get the job done faster as students don’t normally become as reactive or oppositional to lighter, fun approaches. So, please forgive the bad grammar, but below you will find five of our fastest and “funnest” student behavior and classroom management ideas. Hello from Youth Change Workshops’ Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I hope you will come to Seattle in two weeks to get 200 additional innovative, more effective classroom management ideas and strategies when we host a general session of our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop. Information on this information-packed classroom management strategies workshop is here. Register here and get a 30% discount when you use this coupon code: 30% OFF Seattle 2019.

 

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#1. Silly Classroom Management Idea
       for Sensitive Topics

fast classroom management strategiesIf you know a topic is loaded with tension and emotion, that’s the perfect time to employ humor. The human brain has trouble holding two conflicting emotions at once so what typically happens is that the student will grin or laugh before the negativity kicks in. That brief moment of understanding the silly sign or poster, puts you one small step closer to perhaps ultimately changing attitudes for the better. Racism is one of the toughest issues to tackle because students may already have entrenched built-in bias from home or their community. That makes a silly approach much smarter than a more straight-forward one. You don’t have to buy Poster #668. Instead of buying it, wait for a time when you need a creative consequence for a creative student. Instead of giving a traditional consequence, have the student make a silly poster similar to Poster #668 that is pictured at right.  If you wish, you can print or display the picture of that poster for use as inspiration for your student.

 

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#2. Silly Classroom Management Idea
       Help Students Follow the Rules

fast classroom management helpYou don’t have to spend your entire school year reminding students to follow your classroom and school rules. Here is a very fun and silly classroom management idea that tends to reduce the amount of reminders and sanctions you have to give because your students “didn’t know the rules” or “forgot.” Students will normally learn infinitely faster from an enjoyable game than from another lecture or stern reminder. This game is fun and even better, it provides a fast and effective way to help students remember and follow classroom and schools rules and policies. It’s called Classroom Excuses Bingo. To use this intervention, simply create a bingo card (or cards), and replace the letters and numbers typically found on a Bingo card with the excuses you hear from your students. You may want to have a few fun prizes to the winner of Classroom Excuses Bingo to ramp up involvement and interest to the maximum possible. Alternatively, ask students to design the Classroom Excuses Bingo cards. That task would make a wonderful alternative consequence for any student who has broken a rule or policy. If you want to see an enlarged version of this example Bingo card, click here to view our Poster #543

 

 

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#3. Silly Classroom Management Idea
       Build Motivation for School and Education

classroom management ideaIn our workshop that is coming to Seattle in a couple weeks, we will spend hours giving creative, surprising and fun motivational methods for the most unmotivated students. One of our favorites is pictured at right. It looks like a lottery ticket but the text has been redone to make a complete eduction the ultimate prize. You can see this example enlarged; it’s our Poster #496. You can use a picture of Poster #496 as an example for students to make their own lottery tickets that promote education, or, you can discuss the poster as shown. Either way, you are going to be practically “sneaking” your motivational message into your students’ brains. Information presented in silly ways is just so much faster and easier to send and receive. You will see that for yourself once you try some of our silly classroom management ideas with your students. Plus, a side benefit is that it isn’t just more fun for students. Most teachers would much rather teach a silly lesson than have to give another lecture or consequence for some classroom issue.

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#4. Silly Classroom Management Idea
       Address Cultural and Gender Norms

K-12 classroom ideasCultural norms and gender expectations are not normally very easy to rapidly change or improve. Many girls see STEM courses as “too hard” or “not for girls,” but STEM skills are likely to be the most in demand in the future. Lacking those skills will likely be a serious deficit. Possessing those skills will likely be a major asset as STEM careers typically pay more than many of the occupations viewed as “for girls.” This idea is perfect to chip away at the restrictiveness of gender and cultural norms that many girls may follow– probably without even realizing. The image at right is Poster #413. There are at least two ways to use this silly poster to start to change female students’ resistance to STEM classes. First, you can print a picture of the poster and use it as a discussion-starter. A second idea is to ask your students to make their own version of Clamor Magazine. This task can work really well to effect change because to make their creations, girls must be able to identify the restrictiveness of cultural and gender norms and their impact on assumptions and thinking. Having to create something similar to the example poster forces students to think differently than normal. That’s a great first step to help female students move away from some of the cultural or gender norms that may be holding them back from giving STEM classes more of a chance, and a bigger effort.

 

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#5. Silly Classroom Management Idea
       Reduce Chronic Peer Problems

classroom management ideaIt’s spring. You know what that means: hormone-poisoned students who are more touchy-feely than you or your school wish. Instead of having to issue frequent reminders about your standards for contact, consider turning your classroom or school into a “No Cuddle Zone” and post appropriate signage. Now you have wall signs doing the heavy lifting 24/7, perhaps freeing you up to do more teaching and less reminding. An example wall sign is shown at right. It is our Poster #121. There is no need to buy the poster, just have one of your creative students whip up a few versions of their own. Creating No Cuddle Zone wall signs will also make a creative consequence for students who use problem contact in your No Cuddle Zone. The signs and the name make it difficult for students to say that they didn’t know that they were not supposed to engage in this type of behavior in school or class. The signs and the name tend to annihilate many of the excuses you hear all the time– and that’s a great result. So, stop battling students’ hormones this spring by employing some fun ideas to help them remember your class and school’s expectations. By incorporating some of these unusual, fun ideas into your classroom, maybe this spring, your students will be better prepared to focus more on the three Rs and less on PDA.

 

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Motivational Magic: Best Strategies to Motivate Students

 

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Motivational Magic:
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motivate students teacher inservice workshopsIt just may be one of the biggest frustrations that teachers face. Trying to force feed education to students who aren’t interested, can feel like a losing battle.

Hello from Youth Change Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. That’s me in the image on the right, teaching in Seattle, Washington. In all my workshops, I always begin by asking the participants to name the top issues they face in their classrooms and throughout their school. Motivation always is on the list. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing you in Portland, Oregon next week for the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop (click) on October 12-13, 2017. Included in the 200 innovative, must-have strategies that I will give in the Portland workshop next week, I can promise dozens and dozens of strategies to motivate students of all ages. I specialize in strategies that are designed to work when conventional motivational methods have failed. So, if you work with very unmotivated students, plan to be in Portland next week. Whether or not you can attend our Portland workshop, check out the terrific strategies to motivate students that are included in this issue of our Problem Student Problem-Solver magazine. This small sampling of some of our best methods will give you the feel of the 50-70 motivational strategies I expect to teach in Portland.

 

Best Strategies to Motivate Students
 

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Whether you use this awesome motivational poster as a wall sign, or to ignite a classroom discussion, this item is a terrific strategy to motivate students who are discouraged. It’s our Poster #328, but it also makes a good worksheet too.

Many discouraged students think that they are the only ones to struggle, fail or make mistakes. This poster can be a strong punch to the stomach, quickly convincing those youngsters that many of the world’s biggest successes floundered and got discouraged too.

To use this item as a poster, print it in color with dimensions of 11 x 17 inches. To use this item as a worksheet or discussion starter, you can print it out in any size you wish, or show the image on your projector.

 

Re-Brand and Market Education for the

Most Unmotivated Students
 

In my workshops, I often hear teachers describe teaching their students as being an awful lot like “trying to lead a horse to water and force it to drink.” After teaching a workshop in California, a teacher handed me a note. It said: “You can’t lead a horse to water and force it to drink, but you can give the horse salt and it will drink voluntarily.” That clever comment is exactly what I have been trying to teach for years about how to motivate students. You may wonder “what is the salt?” The salt is anything that lights a fire under a student. You may be thinking that many of your students claim to have no dreams, no goals, no preferences, no hope. Here’s a strategy for very negative and discouraged students for when it certainly seems that there is no human equivalent of “salt” for the unthirsty horse: Ask the student what they want to be when they grow up. If they give a useful response, then you can use that wished-for occupation as “salt” by showing how math, science, reading, writing and other educational skills will be required for that career or job.

However, for your students who profess that they have no goals and no hopes, here’s a terrific workaround. This alternative will also work well with your students who say that they want to grow up to be nothing. For students who claim that they want to “nothing,” say: “Okay, but if you did want to be something, what might it be?” For students who say that they have “no idea” what they want to be when they grow up, say” “Okay, but if you did know what you want to be when you grow up, what might it be?” This strategy allows the student to hang onto their negativity and discouragement rather than be expected to somehow jettison, overlook or override those strong, long held, negative feelings. You are in effect detouring around the negativity and discouragement instead of attempting to modify it. Attempting to modify the negativity will almost always fail but this “detour around it” tactic completely avoids the distraction of a power struggle over the student’s outlook. You have now learned that very important piece of information: what the student cares about in their future, and you can immediately use that information as “salt” as described above. You will use the students’ hopes and goals to re-brand school and education as the only path to reach their dreams.

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Can Produce the Best Results
 

Straight talk about motivation often produces meager results so ditch the verbiage in favor of unexpected strategies that catch students off guard and “sneak in” your motivational message about school and education. An example of these “sideways” motivational strategies is pictured at right. It’s our Poster #328. You can read its message: “Four thirds of math students don’t think they need to learn fractions.” Depending on your students’ age and skill level, they may or may not get the joke. For students who don’t understand the poster, it will be unsettling and uncomfortable and will plant the seed that “maybe, just maybe, I will need to know fractions and math.” That is the start of motivating students. You plant the seed and keep adding more and more strategies that build on that beginning. Remember: No student is going to say: “Wow! That motivational strategy really helped me to realize how much I need math!” In fact, the opposite is more likely: students will often not let on that a motivational strategy made them think, reconsider or worry about their lack of skills, or wonder if they would be unable to get by without learning fractions, and so on. Teachers plant a seed that they don’t always get to see flower and bloom. However, when you use unexpected motivational strategies, their impact is far greater than conventional interventions like just talking to the student.

 

Let Unmotivated Students Experience

Life Without Education
 

Teachers often wish they could somehow convince students that they will be incredibly vulnerable and terribly handicapped as adults if they lack education and skills. Here’s a dynamic way to let students experience the downsides of a poor education and missing skills. This activity requires a few props. You will need a large amount of small candies like M&MS or similar; a clean, 3′ by 5′ large table cloth or similar; and masking tape. Place the cloth on a table and scatter the candy all over it. Next, tape all of each student’s fingers together in random combinations using enough tape to seriously restrict each child’s use of their fingers for fine motor activities. Next, let one student at a time, or small groups of students, attempt to pick up and eat as much candy as they can in 10 seconds. Students will struggle mightily to pick up much candy and will be frustrated and impatient with their results. After each student has had a turn, discuss with the students their reactions, allowing them to emphasize how frustrating it was to try to pick up candy without full use of the fingers and hands. After students have finished venting their frustration, quietly say “Going through life without all the education you need is like trying to pick up M&Ms without use of all the fingers you need. This is what life can be like for you if you don’t get a full education.” This unexpected turn to the activity will cut through a lot of the oppositional reaction that students would have to a more straightforward, conventional approach. Students may remember this unusual activity and it can begin to chip away at the belief that “I can get by without education.”

 

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Student Motivation Ideas: Motivational Methods That Get the Job Done

 

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Student Motivation Ideas:

Motivational Methods That Get the Job Done

 
 

 

ideas to motivate studentsHello from the Director of Youth Change Workshops. My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I've spent my whole life inventing creative, unexpected motivational methods to motivate even the most resolutely unmotivated K-12 students. I'm the author of many books on motivational ideas for unmotivated students, and I train thousands of teachers and counselors annually on how to motivate unmotivated children and teens.

Here are some fresh, new motivational ideas that I know you're going to love once you try them in your classroom or school. They are designed to work when conventional motivational ideas fail, so if you've been frustrated by other methods, these strategies will get the job done right the first time.

Of course, it takes more than a couple strategies to turn around very unmotivated students, so be sure to use a wide assortment of my motivational ideas over a period of time to ensure that you get the level of improvement that you want. There are thousands of additional ideas to motivate unmotivated children and adolescents all through our huge website so make sure you see a good assortment of them.

 

ideas to help unmotivated studentsStudent Motivation Ideas That Work


 

Motivational Ideas

For Students Who Say

"I'll Never Need School Because

I'm Going to be a Mom"
 

If you have teens who think they're ready now to be a parent and no longer need school or education, try this great motivational idea.

Ask the potential teen parent to perform these chores that parents must do. For best results, use simulated or actual items that the student can use to demonstrate competence:

  • Figure out how to get an official copy of your child's birth certificate from your county or state records office so you can arrange health care and insurance.
  • Give your child 6 cc ibuprofen t.i.d. as per the doctor's written instructions.
  • Figure out how to get a social security number for your baby so she can qualify for health insurance or similar alternatives
  • Buy 2.5 liters of infant formula and give 6 oz every 180 minutes
  • To arrive at day care by 8 AM, how long will it take if you drive 25 mph to the day care site that is 15 miles away?
  • Buy enough diapers for your son for a week if he uses about 7.5 diapers during a typical day.

 

Motivational Ideas

For Students Who Claim

"I Won't Ever Need to Read"


Using the internet, have these students search for job applications for jobs they might be interested in. Have them determine how many of the applications require no reading. Next, ask these students if they might ever need to work.


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need33Motivational Ideas

For Students Who Believe

They Won't Need School Because

"I'm Going to be a Rap Star"


If you have students who believe that they are going to become wealthy rap stars (or rock stars, sports stars, models, actresses, etc.), challenge the student to follow through now on that claim. Provide a phone, long distance access and the internet so the student can contact music agents and recording companies.

When the student replies that he can't (or won't) follow through now, ask what will different later. Help the student realize that nothing will be different later, that becoming a rap star will be just as tough to accomplish now as later.

Also assist the student to notice how the skills learned in school can help– with tasks like finding a manager, reading a recording contract, etc. Have the student discover and list all the ways that school will help him in his quest to become a rap star. Have the student consider who has the best chance to become a star: the person with the most education and skills, or the person with the least education and skills.
 

Motivational Ideas

For Students Who Believe

"I'll Just Work in Fast Food"


Oh oh. The emergent trend throughout the United States– especially in tight economic times when there are abundant applicants for fast food work– is that you must be in school or have a diploma or GED. even to apply. Even worse, robots and computers are slated to fill many or most fast food jobs.

 

ideas to motivate teensMotivational Ideas

For Students Who Believe

"Then I'll Just Join the Military"


Sorry, but Uncle Sam doesn't want you without that high school the degree. The trend throughout North America especially during difficult economic times, is that you must have a diploma to even apply. Our Poster #225 shown at right, provides an on-going reminder. View Poster #225 enlarged, or order it here.


 

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