Innovative Classroom Management Strategies for Student Behavior Problems

 

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Innovative
Classroom Management Strategies
for Student Behavior Problems

 
 

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I'm Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop Instructor and Youth Change Director Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I've been teaching our workshop all over the U.S. and Canada in the last few months. No matter where we go, we are hearing that there are more and more deeply disturbed children and youth. We have been getting a lot of the same questions over and over again. I'm betting that if you're a teacher, counselor, court worker, juvenile justice officer, foster parent or principal, you've got some of the same questions too.

From what I've been hearing, clearly, many of you are feeling unprepared to manage the increasingly serious emotional and social problems you are seeing in your youngsters. We thought it might help to recap some of our best answers to repeat questions. Since it is very tough to give details in a brief educational article like this, consult the list of Behavior and Classroom Management Blog educational articles at right for excellent follow-up resources and more in-depth answers.

Remember, if you want more details than what we're able to include in this relatively brief blog article, be sure to come to a live workshop  where we can devote hours to your key student behavior problems. You can also sign up now for our online course, or book us for your next inservice day or conference. One way or the other, we've got the innovative strategies that you need for working with severely misbehaved, difficult, troubled and challenged youth. We're here to help you reduce your serious student discipline problems now
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problem studentWhat can I do to manage ADHD students when they haven't taken their medication?
 

This question was raised in general sessions this fall. Here's a small part of the answer we'll give if that question is asked again in an upcoming live workshop session or conference.

Our interventions for ADHD-affected children are designed to work whether or not the child has taken their medication. You are simply going to substitute structure for that lack or internal or medicinal control. When you tell an ADHD child who is behaving unacceptably, to "stop it," the youngster may not be clear what the problem is, even though it may be obvious to you. It's important to give ADHD-affected children a picture of both the problem behavior and the goal behavior. Here are some terms you can use to paint a picture:

Student with ADHDSlow-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.

 

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classroom behavior problemsWhat medication works with Oppositional Defiant Disorders and Conduct Disorders?

This question generated a lot of discussion at an on-site inservice class sponsored by the Office of Education in Placerville, California. Hopefully, if you are a youth worker and a subscriber to this internet magazine, you now know the two mental health terms mentioned in the question. You see lots of these youngsters in your classroom or office, so it is critical that you know the terms. If you are unsure of the meaning, be sure to click on the additional blog articles listed at right. As safety issues are a stake here, it's important to do that.

As to the question, there is no medicine that is normally prescribed to rein in these very hard-to-manage youngsters. Instead, you must use methods tailored to each of these youngsters. Although both Conduct Disorders and Oppositional-Defiant youth may use very bad behavior, you have to use different types of methods for each group. If you use conventional methods with Conduct Disorders, you will find "nothing works." Further, the specialized methods that work best with C.D.s aren't the best choice for O.D.D. kids.

Here are some very basic Do's and Don'ts for Conduct Disorders only:

DO use maximum consequences
DON'T use any relationship-based methods like character ed, values clarification, empathy-building, making amends, apologies, etc.
DO provide maximum supervision at all times
DON'T give second chances
DO use multiple, varied consequences
DON'T believe it when C.D.s claim "there's nothing you can do to me"

If you are not really skilled and knowledgeable about C.D. and O.D.D. youngsters, you put yourself and your other students at great risk. Our site has a free, basic introduction article on these behavior problems. Although it offers a great place to start, this intro is hardly everything you need to know as "all you need to know" won't fit on a single web page. To get all the details of managing your most out-of-control youngsters who present the most serious behavior problems, be sure to heck out our All the Best Answers for the Worst Kid Problems: Conduct Disorders" book  and ebook. It has the most thorough summary of the best, most innovative strategies for these two behavior disorders that exist.

 

problem behaviorWhat can I do about students who are so perfectionistic that they won't do anything?

Perfectionism can certainly be one reason why kids won't work. This topic is commonly mentioned in nearly any workshop we teach. In fact, we spend hours giving solutions just for work refusal. Since we can't fit all those hours here, we'll offer you one of the innovative strategies that workshop participants say works particularly well:

Teach perfectionistic students who decline work, the "3 Ps of Perfectionism", which is the cycle of perfectionism. This may help them become a bit more in control of the cycle. For example, a girl wants to be perfect, thus the first 'P', Perfectionism. Doing everything perfect is hard, so she may put things off, thus the second 'P', Procrastination. Now the tasks that have been postponed have piled up, and that is overwhelming, which can cause the third 'P,' Paralysis.

The more you can assist your youngsters to avoid the later stages of the cycle, the better they may function. In our workshop, we pair this type of intervention with strategies that lessen the perfectionistic child's fear about making mistakes. You may want to use that combination also as the two approaches together work better than either separately.

 

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Innovative Teaching Strategies: Teach Students Teacher Interaction Skills

 

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Innovative Teaching Strategies:
Teach Students Teacher Interaction Skills

 
 

 

Virtually every school expects students to interact appropriately with teachers. However, most schools have no formal, written-down plan to train students to have acceptable teacher interaction skills. Years ago, families more reliably prepared their offspring to respond appropriately to teachers. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case; many youngsters are rude, disruptive, defiant, and disrespectful.

innovative teaching strategyI'm workshop trainer Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the instructor presenting Youth Change's Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop.

Recently at some of our live workshops around the country, we have been hearing a lot about student misconduct that is becoming far more serious than ever before. Each spring around this time, our Live Expert Help service (shown at the bottom right on any page of our site), begins to generate rather desperate requests for help from teachers who report being increasingly unable to control their classroom.

Based on some of the comments in our live workshops, and from requests for Live Help, it seems important to recap what is acceptable behavior in the classroom. It also seems like a good time to review how to maintain control over seemingly uncontrollable students. Below, you will find the top questions on these topics that we have been getting at our workshop and via our Live Expert Help Page.

All the questions and answers relate to students who are having problems relating acceptable to their teachers. The answers will offer the innovative teaching solution of actually step-by-step training kids to be prepared, motivated students with appropriate teacher interaction skills.

 

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innovative teachingQ: I have male students who are not just touching female peers inappropriately, but me too. What do I do?

A: This is an example of the increasingly inappropriate behavior being reported by teachers. This type of misconduct rises to a whole new level.

First, the conduct you describe is far beyond what any teacher should tolerate in a classroom, but it is important to note that this behavior is quite likely also illegal as that type of sexual harassment is not usually legally permissible.

Second, you are describing a situation that is extremely unsafe for you and your female students. Your first responsibility as a teacher or youth professional is always safety. This dangerous situation can not continue. You need to seek help immediately from your principal or other comparable resource.

Third, whenever a classroom or group of young people is utterly out of control, it is usually quite difficult to re-gain control. Because of that, we usually strongly recommend that the problematic class or group be terminated– at least as far as your young people are concerned– and a new class or group initiated in its place. It is far easier to start again than to clean up a situation that has deteriorated to the point that you describe.

In the future, we strongly recommend that you set much higher, tighter standards, and force yourself to adhere to them. If you are unsure how to enforce higher standards, get training from us or another source right away. Our live and online Breakthrough Workshop give immediate help. You can also call us at 1.503.982.4220 or click on Live Expert Help at the bottom right corner of each page.

You can always ease up if you start off firm, but it can be nearly impossible to tighten up if you start off being loose. When you are unsure of how to react, always err towards being too firm. Have high expectations for conduct. You can easily ease up if your firmness is unnecessary or too extreme. Your situation is extremely unlikely to get better, and is quite likely to worsen because there are no "brakes" being offered to stop or slow the inappropriate contact. Don't wait until a tragedy happens to take action; get help today.

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innovative teaching strategyQ: My students have no clue how to act reasonably towards teachers. What can I do?

A: Before you expect teacher interaction skills, you must teach them. You wouldn't expect math skills until you taught those skills; the same is true with teacher interaction skills.

lastchcovnewTo determine what skills to teach, you can start by making a list of the problems you are seeing. You can include problems like disrespect, verbal abuse, non-compliance, and so on. Next, prioritize that list, putting your biggest concerns at the top. We recommend that safety concerns top the list.

 Next, identify a time to provide teacher interaction skill instruction to your students focusing on the first few items on your list. You can use entire class periods or the start of the class. It doesn't matter where you put the training, but that you do it. You will probably be delighted with the results, but be sure to include motivating students to accept the training. Our Last Chance School Success Guide has very engaging lessons so you don't have to develop ideas on your own.

 

improve classroom managementQ: I have a lot of students who just seem to hate all teachers. Am I right that there is not a lot that I can do to change that?

A: Actually, we have a lot of wonderful student attitude adjustment devices that can re-shape the way these youngsters view and interact with teachers.

innovative teaching methodsHere is an intervention that is a favorite in our live workshops. Create a little manual, like those small booklets that come with a new computer or a new jacket. Call it "A Student's Guide to the Care and Heeding of Teachers," or something similar. (Our version, which is part of our $15 Last Chance School Success Guide is pictured at right; the book is shown above.)

In the manual, you can put humorous text on "What to Do When Your Teacher Doesn't Work Right," and "How to Get Your Teacher to Do What You Want." Next, hang the manual from a thread, and attach it to your sleeve. Inevitably, a student will soon ask: "What's that hanging off your sleeve?" You can respond with feigned surprise at discovering the manual, and then read it to your students. What a fun and unusual way to begin a dialogue.

If you don't want to have to make your own manual, you will find a very funny, nicely illustrated one in our Last Chance School Success Guide. That book also has "A Teacher's Guide to the Care and Heeding of Students," which can quickly engage even the most sour youngster.

 

improve class managementQ: What can I do about the constant interruptions from some students during class?

A: Have you given your students a recommended number of times to talk out per class? We find in our workshops that most teachers haven't provided any quantifiable standard for students to follow. In essence, that means you are asking students to adhere to an unspecified standard. A lot of your students may lack the ability to determine this standard on their own. The first step must be providing a quantifiable standard.

Also, be sure that you teach specific skills like hand raising if you require it. If the interruptions persist, you can require students to turn in a chip or marker to talk. If you recommend students talk 8 times per class, give out 8 chips. There is another version of this last intervention, which you may prefer. Bring a large TV remote control to class, and tell students that you have to point the remote at them to turn on their volume before they are permitted to speak. Students often adore this fun intervention, and it can ease any power struggles that were occurring. You can even put a student in charge of the remote control, which will quickly become a highly coveted job. Students can even earn the opportunity to do that job by talking out properly during class. A chronic problem can become a non-problem.
 

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