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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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Secrets of the Best Classrooom Managers– The Experts’ Most Effective Classroom Management Tools

 

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There always seems to be that handful of teachers who can manage even the most unmanageable students while their colleagues struggle to make any progress at all. The truth is that there are some basic classroom management tools that can help any teacher succeed managing even the most unmanageable youngsters. Hello from Youth Change Director Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I’ve just finished 6 weeks of touring the country training schools from Boston, Mass. to Yakima, Washington to Los Angeles, California. This article has gathered some of what I learned from teachers and counselors on my summer training tour. These new classroom management tools can help you build a better school year with fewer behavioral, social, academic and emotional problems.

teacher class managementTeach Missing Behavior Skills *

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If you are still expecting students to arrive with the skills they need to be successful, properly behaved students, you may have fallen behind the times. Yes, moms and dads used to reliably teach their offspring manners, civilized behavior, compliance skills, respect and so forth. These days, however, we can’t always count on parents to have taught their children to have the minimum behavior needed in your classroom and throughout the school. If you have tried to improve student conduct by setting rules and consequences, you probably have already discovered that quite often, rules and consequences don’t get the job done. While rules and consequences are essential, they are not nearly enough. If rules and consequences could get the job done, then I could require you to speak Swedish or face grave sanctions, and you would still be utterly unable to speak Swedish. Most of us have difficulty when expected to perform behaviors that no one has taught us. So, if you are serious about not wanting any more behavior management problems, then take the time to teach your students the exact skills they are not performing satisfactorily. Typically, those skills will include punctuality, hand raising, talking one at a time, compliance, chair sitting, managing school supplies and property, what to wear to school, what to bring to school, and so on. Are you wondering how you teach students what we call School Skills? Here is the answer. Check out this free, reproducible student worksheet and lesson plan that teaches students to more readily accept responsibility for their conduct rather than blame others.

 

classroom posterMotivation Reduces Classroom Behavior Problems

If you still expect unmotivated students to behave acceptably, you are going to often be disappointed. When students believe that school is as enticing as a root canal, some of them are going to act accordingly. Motivation can be taught. Yes, you did not have the chance to take courses like “Motivating Wannabe Sports Stars” or “Motivational Methods for Students Who Plan to Be Famous and Never Need School.” Those courses– and their content– do exist as you will find if you sign up now take our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Students Workshop coming to Portland on October 11-12, 2018. In our workshop, you actually will learn powerhouse motivational methods for students hoping to become famous actresses, singers, sports stars, models and more. We even have strategies for students who hope to avoid needing school through reliance on their family or welfare. Check out just 1 of the 200 classroom strategies we will be giving out at our upcoming Portland, Oregon workshp. Here is an educational and compelling strategy (Poster #701, pictured at left) to convince students that regardless of their wished-for career path, they will still need school. Click on the link or the image so you can enlarge the picture enough to read the content of the poster. Once you start teaching your students to become more motivated, you are going to discover that motivation colors everything. You will find that the more you set aside time to motivate your students, the less time you will need to set aside for on-demand behavior management in your classroom and hallways. There are hundreds of motivational strategies throughout our site including here.

 

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student classroom managementSystematically Resolve Overwhelming Behavior Problems 

Your students’ classroom behavior management problems can quickly start to seem overwhelming. The volume and seriousness of the problems can seem substantial. You need an easy-to-implement game plan and here it is. First, start by writing down all the classroom management issues that you see. Second, prioritize the list. For the most part, there is no right way to prioritize beyond placing the issues that are most concerning to you at the top of the list. However, safety issues always get top rankings.  Now that you have your list sorted, you are ready to move forward. The third step is to focus on just the top three issues at a time, and forget the rest of the list for now. Teach students to have improved behavior for your top three concerns before moving onto the next three items. Note that teaching students to have improved behavior is not the same thing as setting consequences, re-stating the rules or any of the conventional classroom management strategies that you are already doing. Teaching means teaching. You will be teaching about how to walk down the aisle between the desks, or how to talk one at a time, or how to properly ask for help. You will be teaching these essential School Skills just like you teach math or handwriting: step-by-step, with lots of repetition until students have mastered and can use the concepts taught. This page on our website has hundreds of free lesson plans and worksheets so you can better grasp the details of training kids to become prepared, motivated, successful students.

 

classroom management tools for teachersLearn About Conduct Disorder

If you are still attempting to use conventional classroom behavior management methods with your most misbehaved students, you are playing a losing game. Conventional classroom management methods always fail with the most seriously unmanageable students. Until you take the time to learn about this mental health problem that affects an estimated 11-14% of your students, you will continue to find that “nothing works” to rein in the most hard-to-manage youngsters. These are the students who are small in number, but take up most of your behavior management time. There are countless articles on how to manage this student on our site. By investing a half hour now learning about what tailored techniques to use, and which common methods to avoid, you can get back in charge of your classroom. There are no shortcuts here. You either learn about this disorder and which classroom management tools to use, and which classroom management tools to avoid, or else prepare for a long, frustrating school year and an unending fight to control your classroom. Read about conduct disorders, and discover what this very common mental  health disorder is all about, and most importantly, what to start doing to successfully manage these most unmanageable students. There are no shortcuts. Either you learn these targeted, tested methods, or classroom management will remain problematic. The good news is that now you at least understand what has gone wrong– and how to fix it.

 

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Classroom and school discipline can be the toughest part of any teacher’s or principal’s job. Even though discipline problems can dominate many school days, teacher training tends to be focused 80% on content and a mere 20% on behavior management and discipline. Many teachers and principals report receiving even less instruction on discipline, and student classroom management and behavior problems are often cited as the top reasons that teachers leave the profession entirely.

In our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth professional development workshops (coming soon to Seattle on May 4-5, 2017), we devote hours teaching you how to have excellent student behavior management. It is also most definitely one of the most requested topics that our workshop participants ask us to cover. I’m the Breakthrough Strategies Workshop instructor, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. In this article, I’ll give you a peek into some of the top strategies we offer in our professional development inservice sessions. While this is certainly not a comprehensive article, it has some of our best tips to get you started on the path to successful school discipline. If you need more than the sampling of ideas briefly covered in this short how-to article, consider signing up for our Seattle Breakthrough Strategies Workshop sessions on May 4-5, 2017, where we will provide a whopping 200 interventions, all designed to produce successful classroom and school discipline.

 

Successful School Discipline:
How to Get Students to Follow the Rules

teacher classroom managementConvince Students of the

Importance of Rules

Many of us– whether young or old– fail to reliably follows rules and policies that we find to be unreasonable. Many very reasonable classroom and school rules are viewed by students to be totally bogus, and they act accordingly, and discipline suffers. To improve compliance with school and classroom rules, convince your students of the importance of those policies. Here is a fast and memorable way to accomplish just that. Remember: students who see value in the rules are far more likely to reliably follow those rules.

This strategy is a role reversal and many students can be offered the opportunity to participate in it. Ask one of your students to become the role play teacher. You may wish to choose a student who normally resists or ignores school or classroom rules. Offer the student a great prize in lieu of the paycheck that teachers earn. The prize can be anything that is enticing, such as getting out of class a bit early, or soda pop, or stickers, or whatever fits your age group. To earn the prize, the role-play teacher merely needs to teach the class to remember a 5 digit number. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But, this is a classroom with no rules. Even worse for the role play teacher, you’ve distributed a lot of the things you don’t want to see in class, items like bubble gum, snacks, cell phones, etc. If necessary, you can also prime several students to engage in other problematic behaviors like talk outs, being out of their seat, and so on.

The role play teacher attempts to teach your classroom and quickly discovers that it’s impossible. With your prompting, encourage the role play teacher to set rules, and attach the role play teacher’s name to the rules. Next, have him or her write the new rules on the board. After a while, retire your first role play teacher and give other class members a chance to experience teaching in a classroom without rules. Once enough students have gotten to experience the extreme difficulty of trying to teach in a class without rules, discuss whether there just might be values in rules. Not only will students view the rules differently, they are far more likely to follow them because their names are now attached to your classroom rules, and they are the ones that created those rules. Students are unlikely to hassle rules they created and named. You will be delighted at the difference in your classroom and school.

 

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Many educators believe that if they simply have big enough consequences for school and classroom rule violations, that those sanctions are the way to ensure successful discipline. Sadly, that assumption is often completely wrong. If I say to you that unless you start speaking Swedish right now, you are going to face terrible consequences, most people in the U.S. still can’t speak Swedish. When you say to your students that if you engage in problematic conduct, you will face big sanctions, that is really no different.

If you want to excellent student behavior management and discipline, you must teach the behaviors that you expect– and also motivate students to see the importance of complying with the expectations, as discussed above. The clearest illustration is to look at your rules regarding the use of violence. Students who grow up in a violent family, for example, may have no idea how control their fist, mouth and actions. At home and in their neighborhood, using their fists may be commonplace, and consistently using more socially acceptable behaviors may be unfamiliar and seem undoable, just like you speaking Swedish on command. To expect a consequence to compensate for that deficit is naive and unrealistic, yet that is often what happens when schools expect students to magically change their behavior just because a heavy duty consequence can result. If you truly want student conduct to be better, you are going to have to teach those specific behaviors in an organized, step-by-step manner, very similar to the way you teach specific academic subjects. Further, just as you would never expect a student to magically or instantly learn calculus or to read, students can’t suddenly master self-control behavior skills.

Pictured above is a sample student worksheet that teaches acceptable behavior instead of aggression. It is from our Temper and Tantrum Tamers lesson book. Our website has thousands of resources that teach students self-control but our books, live professional development inservice workshops and online courses are your best bet.

 

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discipline postersBut My Classroom Is Completely Unmanageable

The truth is that some of you are still reading this article because your classroom or school seems really out of control, and there doesn’t seem to be any clear path toward reversing a worsening trend. Here is your solution:

First, if the classroom has really been quite out of control, it is usually far easier to start over than to clean up the existing situation. So, you will need declare Room 630 History Class or Mt. Vernon Elementary’s 3rd Grade Room 50 done and gone. Rename the space and start over. However, you must be able to re-start incredibly strong and firm or you will quickly find yourself back where you started.

Second, to avoid ever getting into this situation at all, we always recommend you start your school year being way too firm and strong in how you manage students. If you decide later to ease up, no student will fight you. However, if you start off a bit weak, indecisive or you are easily played by students, I can guarantee that you will not be able to easily– or perhaps ever– tighten up as students will fight hard to maintain the chaos, commotion and disruption that has become the standard. When you re-start, you must acknowledge the problems that occurred, clearly state what will be different, and then make sure that the new version of your classroom is firmly managed, with strict consequences, along with regular training that shows students how to meet behavior and discipline expectations. You will also need to motivate your students to see the value in school and education because a motivated student is far less likely to fritter away their education on misbehavior. Poster #471 (shown at right) is just one of our thousands of motivation-makers that transform kids into motivated learners. Our live conferences, online professional development seminars and books all can guide you because Youth Change Professional Development Workshops is your school discipline and behavior management expert. We are your classroom management authority, and we specialize in preventing and fixing serious, persistent behavior management problems. We’re here to help. You can email us here.

 

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The 5 Best Classroom Management Hacks

 

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classroom managementDid you know that you can avoid many classroom management problems before they start?

Happy New School Year from me, Youth Change Professional Development Workshops Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I have spent most of my life writing books, creating posters and leading workshops to help teachers figure out what to do when classroom management has become a serious problem. Let me show you how to skip the back-to-school pitfalls that can make teaching so frustrating and exasperating for the next 9 months. These effective, must-do classroom management hacks are time-tested and teacher approved to work better than conventional approaches.

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classroom management articles1. Start Strong
    Because There Are No Do-Overs

No student will ever fight back or complain if you start out the school year being a very strong disciplinarian and then decide to loosen up a bit. However, if you start off being a weak or even moderate disciplinarian and decide later that you need to tighten up…well, good luck with that.

It is so hard to tighten up classroom management and so easy to loosen up. It always amazes me that this central premise isn't the foundation of every teacher's classroom management game plan.

Having spent my whole career helping educators tighten up problematic class management, I really can appreciate that it can feel like battle to re-invent a classroom once an unsatisfactory atmosphere has developed. It's almost like the classroom gets branded as a free-for-all. That's why I sometimes have to recommend that an existing classroom be "discontinued" instead of trying to wage an uphill battle to turnaround that negative perception. So, if you do find yourself fighting serious classroom management battles, it is better to start completely over. You can even re-name your classroom, redo the layout and make other cosmetic changes to emphasize that "Room 256" is gone and now this is "Beyond Room 256" or similar. Re-starting works best at natural break times like the end of a term or after a holiday break.

However, there's a caveat to this remodeling plan: If you tell your students that "things are going to be different," you better deliver. You'll still get challenged and tested and if you don't satisfactorily manage the challenges and tests, expect things to return to the way they were. If you don't satisfactorily manage what the students throw your way in your "new" classroom, it will become even harder to engineer the classroom conditions you need to teach. That means if you do create a "new" classroom, make sure you have acquired the skills, attitude, motivation, mentoring and backing you need to guarantee that your "new" classroom will be "new and improved," not just "new" but with the same old problems.

 

classroom management article2. Establish Rules
    In a Way That Ensures Compliance

Remember when they put that new stop sign in by your house? Remember how mad you were that you didn't even get a say about it and now you have to live with it? You thought to yourself: "Yesterday, I just rolled through here and today, I want to just roll through here." Wouldn't you have felt better about the new sign and complying with it, if you'd at least had some input into the decision to install it? Sure, and the same logic applies to your students.

When students arrive at the first day of school and are told that they need to follow this rule and that rule and this rule, they react a lot like you did when you thought about cruising through the new stop sign. What if you allowed students to help shape the rules? Well, the answer to that question is that you'd have the same set of rules but far better compliance.

On the first day of school, start with a classroom with no rules and let students take turns role-playing the job of teacher. Give a great prize in lieu of a paycheck. To earn the prize, the role play teachers just have to teach the other students to memorize a five digit number. Sounds so easy, doesn't it? Yes, but, this is a classroom with no rules. The other students can talk at will, leave the class at will, pop bubble gum, and so on. The role play teacher will soon become frustrated. When that happens, offer the role play teacher the opportunity to create rules and let the student attach his or her own name to the rules. For example, "Juan's No Cussing Rule." The rules are now things created by your students and their names are attached to them.

Students are far less likely to hassle or trash the rules that they invented and bear their names. This is a slam-dunk easy way to build in excellent classroom management and discipline from the first ring of the first bell.
 

classroom management3. Teach Behavior, Attitude and Motivation

     Before You Expect Them

Few teachers would expect math or reading skills before anyone taught them to students, but many teachers do expect students to start the school year with appropriate behavior, a good attitude and ample motivation. Sadly, those expectations are often not realistic in our contemporary time. Years ago, parents more reliably taught their offspring to behave acceptably, have a reasonable attitude and sufficient motivation. That is not always the case now. That means if you want to work with properly behaved, motivated students who have good attitudes, you are going to have to teach that. You can expect anything you want, but if you haven't taught it to the child– and no one else has taught it to the child either– then you are often going to be disappointed.

There are thousands of lively, effective methods to teach students to have acceptable behavior, attitude and motivation. Take a look at some step-by-step, how-to guides that are in our archive of past "Classroom Management Strategies" articles.

The bottom line is that good classroom management is predicated on students using proper behavior, and having adequate motivation and attitude. If you want good classroom management, you need to teach students to do their part. It is difficult– perhaps even impossible– to have good classroom management with students who are chronically badly behaved, unmotivated and have negative attitudes. If you want to change what you see in your classroom, start by training your students to look, act and sound like successful students.

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    Manage Problem-Starters 

There's always at least one, isn't there? There's always at least one student in every classroom who seems to start the fires and feed them once they're started. Identify this student on Day 1 and immediately develop an effective plan to manage him or her. If you wait until this student is in trouble for misbehavior, it's too late as these youngsters are often pretty cagey and slick– even at a young age– and can be master manipulators of both students and adults.

Even more important, you need to know that one-size-fits-all discipline techniques fit no one, and that is part of why this student can reign supreme on your turf. Just like you know 200 ways to teach spelling to fit each student, you need to know 200 ways to implement classroom management to fit each student. Often, your biggest trouble-maker doesn't respond to conventional, everyday discipline methods and behavior intervention strategies. You may have noticed that "nothing works" to control these seriously acting-out students. The amazing thing is that mental health and juvenile corrections staff have developed tailored techniques for the most extremely misbehaved youngsters, and have been successfully using these methods for generations. Even more amazing, most educators have not been offered these tested and researched techniques. The one exception to this statement is that special education teachers are sometimes fortunate to have been given training on how to manage the most extremely misbehaved children. These special educators may have been given some or a lot of practical training on how to manage students who have been given the mental health diagnosis of conduct disorder.

It is estimated that 11-14% of the population of children and teens have conduct disorder– whether diagnosed or not. The key thing here is that you can't use ordinary behavior management techniques with this population as those approaches always fail and usually make the problems worse. So, if you want to have the tools you need, the reality is that you need to upgrade your skills to include behavior management techniques designed for very acting-out students. We can help with that upgrade. You can rely on our site's free resources to learn classroom management methods designed to work more effectively with children with conduct disorder. These carefully tailored and researched interventions are going to work so much better than the generic methods that you're using now. There are lots of free articles on conduct disorder on our site. You can start by reading an introductory article on conduct disorder.

 We also have many live, online and on-site workshops on the topic. We also have books, ebooks and audio books that can quickly deliver these must-have tools so that you finally have the updated, targeted methods you need to rein in your most misbehaved, hard-to-manage students. You'll learn the reasons why you must work with the most misbehaved students by having many, ultra-high consequences; making sure that all interactions relate to what the student cares most about; making sure you know the student's most liked rewards and disliked sanctions; confronting all bad behavior every time; never giving second chances; drastically limiting discussion over sanctions and rule violations; maximizing supervision at all times; watching for set-ups; watching for manipulation, lies and delinquency, and if your boss and team permit, you need to stop being so fair.

The bottom line: If you can control your most misbehaved students and negative leaders, you're well on your way to controlling your entire classroom. 

 

classroom management for teachers5. Get Help Now

One of the top reasons that teachers quit is that they hate the state of their classroom management. Some teachers may improve on their own, but the vast majority of teachers who are living through a classroom management nightmare really need to acquire better tools and information. Since 80% of a typical teacher's training focused on academic content, it's not a surprise that classroom management can seem so daunting. Based on that percentage, one would expect that a typical teacher's day is dominated by content issues, but ask any educator and they will tell you that their day is dominated by students' behavioral, social and emotional problems– yet those are all areas given limited or no practical training in pre-service courses.

Severe or chronic classroom management problems are unlikely to change unless the teacher changes. If you've read this article looking for the way out of your classroom management war, the truth is that change isn't going to just happen. You are going to have to actively upgrade your skills and possibly, your personality style and demeanor. That's not to say that every teacher needs to have a loud and forceful personality, for instance– some of the best classroom managers are very quiet and laid back– but if students see you as an easy mark or easily fooled, some personal change may be required to combat that perception. That's why a mentor can be such a help. So, consider finding someone with great classroom management and a personality like yours– or what you wish your personality could be more like– and ask for help. While there is no substitute for upgrading your skill set to fit contemporary students, for some educators, tweaking their personality style and demeanor will also be necessary.

Students read us adults like open comic books. That means they sometimes know us and our weaknesses far better than we know ourselves. You may fool your boss, your co-workers and yourself, but you will almost never fool your students. So, it's incredibly important that you believe wholeheartedly that you can effectively manage difficult students. And, that's not something you can learn from a workshop. That's why upgrading your skills may need to be accompanied by finding a caring mentor who tells it like it is.

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Professional Development: The Fastest Fix for Classroom Management Problems

 

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Professional Development:

The Fastest Fix for

Classroom Behavior Management Problems


Includes FREE Classroom Management Online Course

 

 

teacher classroom managementDo you ever dread going into work because of serious, persistent classroom behavior management problems? If you're like many teachers, the focus of your day is not teaching academics. The truth is that much of your day may revolve around discerning how to best manage  defiant, disrespectful, apathetic, non-compliant, misbehaved, disruptive and rude students.

Hello from Youth Change Professional Development Workshops director, Ruth Herman Well, M.S. I'm going to explain both virtual and in-person professional development options and ease any confusion or apprehension you may be experiencing. After 25 years providing professional development to teachers, counselors, court workers and social workers, I think I'm getting to be an expert on the topic.

Years ago, you had to wait for a solution to discover how to best prevent and manage the worst classroom management problems. You could wait for an inservice workshop to come near you or you could hope that your school district scheduled a professional development inservice day that would provide answers. Now, you can access solutions immediately. The good news is that help is immediately available. The bad news is that it can be confusing trying to understand and locate all the newest professional development options for your specific classroom management issues. This article is going to quickly help clarify all of that.
 

Fast Teacher Professional Development Options

to Fix Classroom Management Problems
 

professional development courseOnline Professional Development Courses
 

Courses now can come to wherever you are. No more trudging out to a university classroom or a conference room. You can take most online courses in your classroom at school or while you are home or at the gym.

Online courses come in different types. You may prefer one format over another. Most commonly, online courses are videos that operate just like a YouTube video. You can start, stop, pause and replay them at will. Normally, online courses play on most electronic devices including smart phones, computers, tablets and laptops. Sometimes, online courses are PowerPoint presentations that you click through frame by frame, or the PowerPoint slide show may play like a video. Occasionally, online courses simply require that you read an online book or series of web pages. Typically, the online book is in PDF format.

Most online courses require that you take a test or quiz to receive clock hours, CEUs or college credit. Usually, the entire process is completed electronically. That means that your homework or quiz is completed and transmitted online, as is your certificate of completion or other documentation.

If you have never tried an online professional development course, here is your chance to try one free. This free online professional development workshop will give you immediate help to solve one of your worst classroom management problems: poor motivation.  Auditing this free online training class will help you get acquainted with newer professional development formats without spending any money. This sampling will show you how easy it is to immediately solve classroom management problems online with the right professional development course.

The free online course is called Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers and is geared for teachers and counselors who work with elementary, middle and high school students. This online class is a PowerPoint presentation that plays like a video. Through February 25, 2016, you can watch the online class free– this link has been removed since it has expired. (Clock hours will not be available for this free online class but you can purchase the online course here to earn 1 clock hour if you wish. The free course will not be available after 2-25-16 when the link here will be disabled. This is a limited time opportunity.) If you read this article after the link has expired, you can consider taking a look at our many low cost online courses to help you better prevent and manage K-12 classroom management concerns. You can view all of Youth Change's online professional development courses for teachers and counselors.

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A webinar is an online professional development course that happens live. This term confuses a lot of people because live webinars are often recorded and then offered later as pre-recorded online courses that play like a video. Both the live and pre-recorded formats can provide you quick help to prevent or stop classroom management dilemmas.

In a live webinar, the course streams live to people who are scattered around the world, the country, state, city, school district or school. Everyone is hearing and seeing the same content at the same time. Communication can be two way, meaning that participants can talk to the instructor and ask questions or make comments. If the webinar is being viewed by a large number of people, there is often a moderator who will arrange for the questions to be posed and answered at pre-set times. Or, questions sometimes are answered right when they are posed.

It is necessary to have special software, or to use a special web platform to present or participate in a webinar. Participants watch on their computer screen, tablet, smart phone or TV screen after logging on. The presenter can be seen teaching, or slides, video or other content can be shown on the screen at other times. Participants are not usually recorded visually, but questions can be offered verbally and that verbiage recorded. Often, questions are typed by the participant and the moderator verbally communicates the question to the presenter and the audience.

Participants can enroll individually or as a group, so an entire school staff could all watch a webinar together. Absent staff could eventually view the recorded webinar. This option can ensure that even absent staff members receive the same professional development training. Webinars can focus on any topic and when presented to a single school or district, for example, they can quickly target a top classroom management issue and zero in on solutions that will be heard by the entire school or district staff. View Youth Change's professional development webinars.

 

online professional development coursesIn-Person and On-Site Professional Development
 

In-person and on-site professional development workshops are still available to solve classroom management problems. No virtual format can compare with face to face contact and actually meeting and experiencing a presenter. In-person professional development allows for individuation in a way that virtual formats don't. Participants can ask privately about delicate situations, something that would be problematic during electronic instruction.

A common complaint about virtual professional development for teachers is that it is hard to focus and concentrate. When a teacher participates in a webinar or online course, it is easy to be distracted by the usual work problems. When a teacher travels to a conference or the school closes for inservice training, the distractions are usually greatly reduced.

Virtual professional development isn't always customizable. Pre-recorded online courses are not customizable at all. Live courses, whether on-site or in general session, can be completely customizable. For example, our live courses always begin with participants naming the student behavior problems that they wish to cover during the workshop. Live webinars can be similarly customized. Youth Change's next live workshops are coming soon to Seattle and Portland. Find information on those live workshops here. You can register 2 for 1 until 5-4-16. Scholarships are also offered by calling 503-982-4220.

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Re-Brand to Improve Persistent Student Behavior Problems

 

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Re-Brand
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You would think someone who works really well with misbehaved students K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wellswould be great with misbehaved dogs. Well, I discovered there is little carry-over from unmanageable students to unmanageable pets. Even though I teach a class called Control the Uncontrollable Student, I had to sign up to attend a class called Control the Uncontrollable Dog.

So, my mastiff-St. Bernard is really well-behaved when there is nothing going on. But Bergie, my normally sweet-natured, well-behaved companion turns into a loud, tantrumming, non-compliant, out-of-control opponent as soon as he sees another dog. His new trainer said that seeing another dog had become improve behaviora time for Bergie to misbehave and do whatever he wanted. She said that I needed to re-brand. Now.

Re-branding worked. Almost immediately. After three years of failure. With Bergie, we used treats to re-brand. Seeing another dog no longer meant tantrum time. It meant treat time. He quickly learned to look at me to get a treat, which was much more fun than melting down and tantrumming.

The same concept of re-branding works with students too. If the start of class has become party time, if class discussions mean texting time, if punctuality means showing up 5 minutes late, it's time to re-brand. It's time to teach your students that a chronic problem time is changing to something completely new. Here are some re-branding methods for you to use to finally put a stop to some of your most frustrating, long-term student behavior problems.

 

Re-Branding to Improve Student Behavior

Strategies

improve student behaviorRe-Brand Strategy

Start Over

For years I've taught that it is often easier to completely stop a bad situation than fight an uphill battle to make it better. So, if it's April and your classroom management situation is grim, stop fighting to make it better. Instead, end the class, and start over fresh– even if ending the class is largely symbolic and superficial.

So, you change the class name, you re-decorate and you re-arrange the furniture– but first, and more importantly, you actually teach your students how to perform the behaviors that you want in your classroom. (Here are dozens of free resources for teaching students those behaviors.) You need to teach the behaviors as systematically and thoroughly as you teach academics– to the point where your students are experts and veterans at behaviors like chair-sitting, hand-raising, talking one at a time, etc. Provide lots of reminders using posters, signs, door hangers, etc.

You also need to acknowledge the problems that existed and strongly emphasize that the problems will stop now. Once you issue this edict, you will have to follow through. Every time. Yes. Every. You will be tested so be ready to be rock solid at following through on your new expectations. If you don't, you will have great difficulty recovering. If you do maintain the standards of the new environment, you will have successfully re-branded.

The lesson for the future is this: It is always easier to create a firm, in-control environment and ease up later if you feel the need vs. tighten up an out-of-control environment. No one will fight you if you try to ease up on a very tightly run classroom, but count on a battle if you try to tighten up an out-of-control classroom. It's better to get your brand right from the start than to have to  re-brand later on. But if your brand has become a problem, and repeated rescue attempts have failed over months, then it's time to start over.

 

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Change the Conversation

In my live classes, I constantly hear about students' foul language that seems to be unstoppable. As with any behavior problem, you want to teach students the skills to behave differently, but on this issue, you have to be sure to also change their attitudes, and to give them clear motivation to choose different words. Cussing is comfortable, familiar and easy. Why give it up? You have to supply that answer and the answer has to be convincing.

Here is just one of our hundreds of methods to help with that. Ask students to name all the jobs, businesses and activities they hope to do. Have them list their answers in a column. Next, have students cross off items that are incompatible with cursing. So, for example, pilots can't swear at the air traffic controller, and employees can't cuss at bosses, co-workers or customers. The remaining items on the lists should be very few, if any. You've now begun to motivate students to behave differently. Once more motivated, you can teach the skills needed to reduce cursing. Once more skilled, provide constant reminders like our Poster #523 shown above. Your re-branded classroom can become known as a No Cursing Zone, which is exactly the change you hoped to accomplish.

 

student conduct posterRe-Brand Strategy

Practice Makes Perfect

When you want your students to learn an academic skill like multiplication, you teach the skills and ensure there is lots of repetition. Students may have to work with the times tables a long time before learning all the basic combinations. The same logic applies to teaching behavior. If you want students to learn to behave better, then you are going to have to teach it, and ensure that they get plenty of repetition until the skills are "cemented in."

When you use lots of repetition, it's important to vary the teaching methods used so that your students stay engaged and continue learning. Here is an example: Our Poster #543 depicts a Bingo game that you can make and use to teach or remind students of expected classroom behavior skills– especially what to do and what not to do. Enlarge the image of the poster to see more details. Activities like Classroom Excuses Bingo can make re-branding both successful and do-able even after long term problems.

 

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The Best Teacher Classroom Management Strategies, Methods & Techniques

 

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The Best Teacher Classroom Management Strategies,
Methods and Techniques

 

 

 

 

Several of the great classroom management strategies included in this Behavior and Classroom Management Problem-Solver Blog article were given to us by participants in our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, but the names of the participants have long since become separated from these terrific ideas.

classroom management strategiesHello from Breakthrough Strategies Professional Development Workshop instructor Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I guess I'm the one to blame for stealing these terrific classroom management strategies and techniques, but the important thing is that these great methods are being passed onto teachers and counselors who need them to maximize their impact on misbehaved, troubled and problem students.

So, if you are one of our former course participants now reading an idea that you mentioned in class, let me apologize for borrowing your inspiration. Our Breakthrough Strategies Workshop has always been a collection of the best teacher classroom management methods that exist. The source of these inspired classroom management methods is not as important as disseminating these gems to benefit students who are struggling.
 

Classroom management strategies for teachersClassroom Management Strategies

4 of the Best
 

1. WAIVER OF MY RIGHTS

Classroom Management Strategy
 

As shown below, this classroom management intervention is geared for teachers and schools, but if you will simply alter a few key words from the school-based example below, you can easily make this device work at your Job Corps, foster home, treatment center, etc. This intervention is designed to be used with children and youth who feel that your service is a waste of time.

Remember: You must judge this and every other behavior and classroom management intervention that we offer to see if it fits your students, your locale, etc. The intervention below is not suitable for all students. You can also consider editing to make it gentler. To get a broader array of methods, consider coming to our professional development inservice workshops or buying some of our books. Our workshops and books flood you with a vast assortment of counselor and teacher behavior management methods, rather than the small handful of techniques offered here.
 

Waiver of My Rights

I, _____ hereby give up my constitutional right to a free education.

I give up the right to have a high-paying job forever.

I do not want to be a partner in my own success.

Signed,
_________________

 

2. THINK ABOUT IT

Classroom Management Strategy
 

Other than not being a very good sentence, this next device may be a great thing to say to impulsive youngsters: "You can't think yourself out of what you acted yourself into." Then work with them to think first, act second.
 

3. MAKE A WHINE LIST

Classroom Management Strategy
 

Some days, a girl's just gotta gripe. Boys too. The next "black Monday," when all attitudes seem to be dreary and whiny, here is a fun student behavior change activity that can turn it around. If you're a teacher, this may be an activity that you can relate to writing, art, or reading.

You can choose one of the following versions of this classroom management strategy. One choice: Let your students make a Whine List of all their complaints, and get the complaining out of their systems.

This second version of the intervention is just so amazingly cute– and even better, this classroom management strategy is incredibly effective too: Have your students devise a menu for a restaurant called The Irri-Table, and then create dishes that fit the mood. For example, the main course might be crab in whine sauce. You may want to follow this activity with a discussion of what happens to crabby employees in the work place, and assist students to develop plans to moderate their attitudes on the next black Monday.

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It may be useful to note what students often say they want from their teachers and counselors. It may not be what you think. Some surveys have shown that students don't ask for less work, longer lunch or more days off. So what do they want? They want their teachers and counselors to believe in them. That thought can guide you.

Research, reported in Education Week on 9-3-03, notes that when youth professionals "pay attention to students' social and emotional development, children do better academically." I have to admit that the top complaint we get in our workshops from teachers is that they are sickened by what they overhear in neighboring classrooms or in the hall.

At a school here in our town, a boy named Len teetered towards dropping out. Then, starting with the new school year, Len was assigned a math teacher who belittled Len and called him names on a daily basis. Soon, Len started coming in late for math, then he skipped math entirely. Eventually, he stopped showing up at all. Says a former classmate: "In the 12 years I shared classes with him, I watched many teachers try unsuccessfully to make it better for Len, but I will always remember the one teacher who successfully made it worse."

Use this story to motivate yourself to always make school a haven and never more torment for troubled and struggling students.

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Strategies Transform Your Classroom Management Nightmare into Your Classroom Management Dream

 

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Strategies to Transform Your
Classroom Management Nightmare
Into Your
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It's amazing that most universities devote just 20% of their teacher  training to the real-world issues that dominate most teachers' days. 80% of the typical teacher's training focused on content. Few teachers find 80% of their day devoted to content. Many teachers find much of their time diverted from teaching content to the classroom management nightmare in front of them.

Expert help with classroom managementI'm keynote speaker and classroom management trainer Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I've spent much of my career devising awesome, improved, more effective methods to improve teacher classroom management.

Part of the reason that classrooms seem tougher to manage than years ago, may be that today's students are very different than students from years ago. As we host our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops around the country, we continue to have more teachers ask for help with students who are outright non-compliant, and verbally abusive to both peers and adults. If you are a teacher, or even a special educator, counselor, social worker or psychologist, your training may not have given you the prevention and intervention tools that you need to stop the extreme misbehavior that you may be coping with on a daily basis.

In our workshops and classroom management books, we devote hours to covering how to control even uncontrollable classrooms and groups. We can't magically squeeze all those hours of must-know classroom management information into this small space, but we can give you at least a few of the most important elements to get you on the path to ending your classroom management nightmare. Here are the top steps to at least start you down the road to managing unmanageable classrooms:
 

Classroom Management Strategies That Work

S T O P
Using One-Size-Fits-All Methods


S T A R T
Using the Right Method with the Right Student

You would never expect all students to fit into the same size of desk, or learn math exactly the same way, so why do you expect them to all respond equally well to the same behavior change methods? Human beings are complex. The same intervention may play out very differently from one student to the next.

If you still use just a handful of methods with all your students, you may be feeling more and more frustrated when it comes to group and classroom management. It is absolutely critical that you have a wide variety of methods to draw upon to manage each situation.

Remember: It's not about which methods you want to use or like to use. Your doctor may like prescribing aspirin but if aspirin won't help you, then the intervention is useless. It's about using the interventions that can work with a specific student.

Example Strategies:
Not every student understands how to quiet down in class. Not every student is motivated to quiet down when asked. Merely stating the rules or expectations worked years ago.

Poster Improves classroom managementMere verbiage may still work with some youngsters, but others need much more than words. For these students, try this approach. This intervention can provide the youngster with guidance and help performing the behavior– so much so that the behavior might even become a habit. Teach your students that "When the hand goes up, the mouth goes shut." (Our Poster #249 illustrates the concept.)

Consider putting one the students who struggles to quiet down, in charge of this intervention. That variation makes this intervention a very cagey way to get compliance from the student who is least likely to comply. This tailored intervention will often work well with non-compliant, distracted, ADHD, and defiant students because it is so much fun– especially if you are the student who gets to lead the intervention.

 

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S T O P
Teaching Unskilled, Unmotivated Students


S T A R T
Teaching School Skills and Motivation

Giving rules to students who lack the skills and motivation to comply is ineffective. That one sentence explains so much of what you need to know about on-going classroom management problems.

classroom management strategyContemporary children must be taught the nuts-and-bolts of the target behaviors. They also need to be convinced that education matters. Otherwise, rules and consequences will continue to fail to elicit the desired behaviors from youngsters who may have no idea how to comply, or any inclination to do so.

Example Strategy:
Here's an intervention that teaches an important school skill: how to interact with teachers. Poster #26 offers you a great example of how teaching school behavior skills must be done. The training must be specific, attention-grabbing, memorable and step-by-step. Poster #26 also illustrates the point that every single area of school behavior must be covered, even areas not routinely addressed– like teacher interaction skills and how to ask for help.
 

S T O P
Using Outdated Techniques


S T A R T
Using Methods That Fit Contemporary Students

Are you using the same methods that were in use when carbon paper, record players and chalkboards were still around? If you are, you're using yesterday's methods with today's students, and that works about as well as scratchy, old, vinyl records.

Here's one example of how your students have changed even though your methods perhaps haven't. Years ago, you had a small number of unmanageable students. Now, it is common to expect as much as 14% of mainstream students to be classroom management nightmares. Plus, today's out-of-control student is using far worse behaviors. Using old-style methods to manage today's severely unmanageable students is like trying to use outmoded chalk on your modern, dry eraser board. You can try, but it just won't work.

To become proficient managing a contemporary classroom, you must learn about conduct disorders, your most misbehaved, contemporary student. Conventional approaches fail most of the time with these hard-to-manage youngsters, and there is no work-around but to begin to use updated interventions that fit.

Example Strategies:
For your most misbehaved, conduct disordered students, you need to switch to approaches that maximize consequences, while avoiding relationship-based and character ed types of methods. You also need to avoid giving single consequences, and to be less predictable in your responses. If you predictably give just a consequence or two, manipulative conduct disordered youngsters may anticipate your response, and go ahead and do the problem behavior. If they don't know exactly what stack of consequences they might face, their behavior may stay closer to what you want.

To successfully manage conduct disorders, you must learn everything you can about them. These youngsters are often so cagey and smart, that they can easily discern and exploit uncertainty. They are often just uncanny about knowing who "has their number" and who doesn't– and behave accordingly. Unless you "switch gears" when working with them, you'll find that your classroom management concerns worsen.

If you're a longtime subscriber to the Behavior and Classroom Management Blog, the introductory basics of working with conduct disordered students were included in your second and third issues of this blog. If you want to read that introductory blog issue again, it's here. The articles are entitled What Every Youth Professional Needs to Know About Violent Students, Parts 1 and 2.

classroom management bookIf you want to learn more about this quickly growing population, consider getting a thorough guide, our All the Best Answers for the Worst Kid Problems: Conduct Disorders book, audio book or ebook. Once you enhance your skills with the students who are your worst classroom management nightmares, you'll often discover a great bonus: the level of behavior of all students rises once the prime agitators are more in control.

 

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Classroom Management Help From the Experts on Disruptive Students

 

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Classroom Management Help From the Experts on
Disruptive Students

 
 

 

Classroom management expert helpHello from Youth Change Workshops Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. In our last issue, you were offered the chance to name the topic for a future issue. We got many interesting requests. Watch for more issues to focus on these suggestions. For this issue, we have chosen an idea from Theresa G., who is a kindergarten teacher.

Here is part of Theresa's email to us:

"I teach kindergarten and would love to see an issue dealing with constant interruptions…I'm not a new teacher (15 years) but the behaviors I have seen and dealt with the past two to three years are becoming much more common. Out of a class of 16, 8 of them have really horrible behaviors. "

Theresa, we actually covered this problem nearly a year and a half back, probably before you were a subscriber. Here is a replay of that issue plus some brand new methods not included in that earlier issue. Most of these classroom management methods will work with students of all different ages.

Here's the remedy for the constant interruptions: You have to teach the behaviors before you can expect them. This is true whether you have little kids like Theresa, or far bigger ones. Since most schools have no formal, written-down plans to train children to be students, many youngsters act like they have never been trained to be students. This training does not mean restating the expectations. This training does mean that you actually teach the specific skills that you want to see in your classroom or group room. You will have to teach each aspect of the target behavior, just as you must teach all elements of spelling or riding a bike in order to ensure mastery.

help to manage disruptive studentsTo focus on interruptions, you will have to teach all the skills needed for proper class or group participation, including how and when to: walk around, leave the room, chat with others, make silly sounds, send notes, borrow a pencil, and talk out. Until you do teach all those nitty gritty basic skills, you can set whatever standard you want regarding interruptions, however you probably won't get satisfactory compliance. You have to teach the behavior before you expect it.

In this issue, we are going to focus in on just one aspect of interrupting: the mouth. However, please note these next two points:

First, in addition to teaching the skills students need to manage their mouths, please be sure to also use lots of our popular motivation-makers so your youngsters value your site and service. (Find dozens of articles on motivation from our index to all of our educational articles.)

The more your students value your service, the more their behavior will reflect that. Similarly, the less students value your service, the more their behavior will reflect that too. Interruptions certainly may reflect students' low regard for the service you provide.

Second, don't forget to cover all the other skills that youth and children need to act acceptably in your setting. To stay focused on just interruptions, you can't just teach "mouth control" skills, but also must cover how to manage your body, when to arrive, when to exit, how to manage supplies, and so on. Beyond the focus on interruptions, you should cover all the classroom behaviors that you expect.

 

Innovative classroom management strategiesFavorite
Classroom Management Methods to
Help Disruptive Students
 

► Strategy

Give Me Five

This is a fun classroom management intervention for younger students. Have the child give you a "high five" slap while saying: "High Five! 2 ears listening. 2 eyes watching. 1 mouth shut."

 

► Strategy

Do the Wave

This is an incredibly fun intervention that doesn't come alive at all in writing; you simply have to give it a try to appreciate how wonderful it is. This intervention can be used with any age group. Raise your hand, then teach your group to fall silent while rhythmically clapping to this beat: 1-2, 1-2-3 (two slow claps and then three fast.) Most classes quickly learn to instantly transform from rowdy to silent. The effect of the sudden clapping is similar to a crowd doing the wave at a basketball game. Allow students to take turns performing the job of raising a hand to initiate the clapping. You end up with a very quiet room– with no work required on your part to achieve it.

 

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► Strategy

The Mouth Goes Shut

This device is fun with any age group, and it's quick and simple. You simply raise your hand and teach your class: "When the hand goes up, the mouth goes shut." If you wish, a student can perform the raising the hand part of this intervention for you.
 

► Strategy

Dragnet Helps

This device generates instant quiet. Sing the theme of the TV show, Dragnet: dun da-dun dun, dun da-dun dun. Teach students to be quiet in time to sing the last note with you. (The entire tune: dun da-dun dun, dun da-dun dun, dun!)
 

► Strategy

When Everybody Talks, Nobody Can Listen


The preceding interventions can engender quiet. Save this new intervention until you have taught your group how to maintain quiet, perhaps using one of our methods from above. If you have reached that point, tell your group that you have a treat for them. However, to powerfully convey how disruptive interruptions can be, ask all or many of your students to talk at once while you quietly share the location of a treat (such as stickers, popcorn, or whatever would be relished by your group.) Your students will not be able to identify how to access the treat because nothing was accomplished while everyone was talking. Stop the noise then discuss the impact of talk outs. Following the discussion, repeat the initial intervention and re-state the location of the treat. This time, ask the group to maintain quiet while you speak, and time how long it takes your students to access the treat. Help the group to compare the first and second trials as your students enjoy their treats. Ask the group to determine which works better: talking one at a time or everyone talks whenever they wish.


► Strategy

A Talk Thing


This intervention is a great follow-up to the preceding strategy. Now that your students have identified problems with talking out, ask them to develop a plan to fix the problem. Encourage the group to develop a concrete, immediately do-able solution like requiring students to have a "talk thing" in hand prior to speaking. What's a talk thing? It's anything your group wants it to be. It could be a ruler, a cardboard sign, a ball, or any item that the group desires. Whatever the item, the group can require that students possess the talk thing prior to speaking. They can determine the mechanics too. For example, they can put the adult in charge of monitoring and distributing the talk thing, or maybe they will have the person in charge be a student. In a way, it doesn't matter what they decide, because regardless of the configuration that results, your students will have established a way to control talk outs in your group or classroom.

 

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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
Behavior and Classroom Management
Problem-Solver Blog Issues

 

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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