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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teacher classroom management strategies4. WHAT STUDENTS WANT

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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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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES?

We have thousands more in our books, online professional development classes, classroom management posters and counselor and teacher training workshops. The smattering of strategies listed in this Behavior and Classroom Management blog article are just a few of the interventions we have to help you build a more productive year. View more of our unexpected, compelling behavior and classroom management strategies here. When you think of problem youth, think of Youth Change Workshops. Our intervention strategies will help you help your troubled and problem students succeed.

 

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

     

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Teacher Professional Development Training: Reform It Yesterday

 

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Teacher
Professional Development Training:
Reform It Yesterday

 
 

 

Today's teacher education is lost somewhere in past, keeping company with rotary dial phones, typewriters and telegrams.

teacher professional development trainingI'm Ruth Herman Wells M.S., Director of Youth Change Workshops. I've been tracking teacher professional development and college education programs for nearly 25 years.

Can you imagine if universities and colleges were still teaching their students about building better horse-drawn carriages? Do you think any college is touting their state-of-the-art courses to learn how to write code for Atari computers? How many higher ed institutes boast that their students are learning the latest techniques for building better tape recorders?

K12 teacher trainingNo university wants to be left behind, but whether they know it or not, today's colleges and universities continue to churn out teachers who are prepared to work in a world that no longer exists.

If Mad Men wasn't a TV show about the sixties, but we were actually back in the sixties, teacher training would be right on track for an era when the biggest problem in the classroom was too much trash in the trash can. Now, the biggest problem in the classroom can be a student assaulting peers or the teacher with the trash can. We are worlds away from 1965.

 

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Teacher
Professional Development Training Reform
 

 

 

K-12 Education Trends and Fads

K-12 educators have been bounced around like pinballs in those vintage machines, careening from trend to trend and fad to fad. Trends and fads have included moments in the limelight for bullying, cyberbullying, character education, values clarification and many other philosophical points of view. The overarching trend however has remained education's obsession with high stakes national and statewide testing.
 

Real-World, Updated Solutions

The real solution for K-12 education may lie elsewhere. It might just be a simple, commonsense idea. How about we stop focusing over-testing students with a one-size-fits-all tool that may not fit every student in every corner of the U.S?

Once "testing mania" had been relaxed, now we could look at today's student through new eyes. The first thing we're going to notice is the substantial social, emotional, motivational and academic problems these students present. That should be our new starting point. We should switch from testing as a focus to helping contemporary kids learn exactly how to become prepared, motivated students with the specific skills needed to succeed in school.
 

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School Skills Training

professional developmentI call this new focus School Skills Training. Using focused, innovative, clever classroom and behavior management methods, students can finally learn the skills they've needed all along. Students will receive help with any social, emotional and motivational issues, along with any academic problems.

School Skills Training: It's a simple, unglamorous, common sense idea that would make a lousy fad or trend. But this simple idea could rapidly re-shape today's schools into places that do so much more than teach to the test, and prepare students to pass important exams.

School Skills Training has the power to bring sanity back to schools, and move the power in the classroom from the statehouse and White House back to where it belongs: in the hands of the person who stands in front of that classroom every day.

For now, teacher professional development training and college preparation are firmly entrenched in yesterday. I say that useful, lasting change is way overdue. I believe that we desperately need to reform teacher training…yesterday.

 

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

     

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Teacher Professional Development Terms Explained by an Expert

 

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Teacher Professional Development
Terms
Explained by an Expert

 
 

 

Teacher professional development requirements are such a hot topic because teachers' careers, salaries and jobs depend on properly completing complex requirements for educator continuing ed.

teacher professional developmentTeachers may be the most over regulated professionals anywhere. I'm teacher professional development speaker Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. My decades of training teachers has made me a bit of an expert on the questions teachers have about meeting continuing ed requirements. I'm going to tackle some of the most common questions here, including the confusion about online classes and webinars.

I always wonder if even surgeons or pilots are subjected to as much scrutiny, debate, discussion, testing, continuing ed requirements and rigorous evaluations as educators. Many teachers have high pressure, more-than-full time jobs, then on their own time, they have to juggle demanding college courses and high-stress tests just to stay employed.

Whether the rigorous requirements for teachers are a good thing or not, so much rides on teachers complying with applicable school, district or state professional development requirements. It is really amazing that given the importance of teacher professional development, so little standardization exists throughout the U.S. That lack of standardization contributes to the confusion about teacher professional development requirements, terminology and options.

Here's some answers to the questions that we hear the most at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops:

Teacher Professional Development Explained

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsHow do I find out the exact rules I have to follow for the teacher professional development requirements I face?

Your state board of education is a good place to start, as is your teacher standards and practices board. Your union or supervisor may also be able to help. The professional development requirements will vary from state to state, district to district and even school by school. Plus, check for requirements that relate to the academic subject or grade you teach.
 

educator professional development tipCan you explain the difference between CEUs, clock hours, PDUs and college credit?

The abbreviations used to describe Continuing Education Units vary endlessly. CEUs and clock hours can be used interchangeably in most (but not all) places. PDUs means Professional Development Units. Oregon is one state that uses that acronym that means CEUs. Regardless of the abbreviation, CEUs generally mean 1 hour of "seat time," but again, you will find exceptions.

College credit is different from CEUs in many ways. Here are two significant ways that credit and hours differ. First, homework and/or testing are usually required for college graduate credit but not for clock hours. You will find exceptions to that rule of thumb. Clock hours earned online are more likely to require a quick quiz or test, but hours earned in person usually require only that the teacher is present for the instruction.

Second, college credit is usually more valuable and useful for more purposes than hours; but it also tends to cost a lot more. Youth Change's teacher training courses are an exception to that price difference, with both online and in-person professional development classes costing just $45-$55 tuition. Youth Change's clock hours are usually free.

In many or most venues, courses that offer college credit will satisfy the requirement for CEUs, but there will be exceptions.

 

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Can online professional development classes satisfy teacher continuing education requirements?

If the guidelines allow Distance Learning, Webinars, Online Workshops, Home Study or Self-Guided Classes then you can use virtual classes to satisfy your professional development requirements. There can be limits to how much virtual training you are permitted so the answer may not be as simple as "yes" or "no."

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsIf I didn't realize that I have to have CEUs or a graduate credit really fast– I mean ASAP– to keep my teaching license, are there many options that exist to help me?

I don't know how many options there are, but yes, organizations like Youth Change Workshops can help right away. Here at Youth Change, we routinely help students who are facing rapidly approaching, critical deadlines for completing a college credit or earning clock hours. We work with student-centered universities that are sensitive to the kind of continuing ed dilemmas teachers can face, and they will be responsive to assisting you to find a fast way to get the documentation you need.

For example, most teachers can quickly use our online course, Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop to satisfy their requirements for either college grad credit or clock hours. In many cases, we have been able to assist teachers to complete their requirements in less than a week. We also help our online teacher professional developmentstudents quickly obtain an official university transcript for graduate credit, or official clock hour completion certificate for continuing education units. Clock hour certificates can be provided immediately upon satisfactory course completion. Learn more about how the  Online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop can assist you with the grad credit and clock hours that are required for teachers and other disciplines.

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsI only need 2 or 3 clock hours. Do I have to take a whole long class that is typically 10 hours long?

Generally, you can earn 2 or 3 clock hours by taking shorter courses. For example, Youth Change Workshops offers 1 and 3 hour classes that are easy on your budget and your time. However, there will be significant exceptions. For example, in Washington State, teachers need to earn clock hours sanctioned by OSPI, the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Those clocks hours must be funneled through a university or similar entity and most Washington State universities and colleges don't routinely offer an option for earning less than 10 clock hours.

 

teacher professional development ideas and tipsHow do I know if a course will satisfy the specific teacher professional development requirements I have to meet?

Once you know the exact P.D. requirements you face, call us at 1.503.982.4220. You can also email your question to us as well.  If the experts here at Youth Change Workshops don't know the answer to your professional development question, we'll find an expert for you that does. We're here to help teachers, and we're ready to help you.

 

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

     

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An Expert’s Guide How to Select Teacher Professional Development

 

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An Expert's Guide
How to Select Teacher Professional Development

 
 

 

We know all about booking the best professional development for your teachers, counselors, special educators or youth professionals. We're the experts at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops and we're going to guide education professional development speakeryou step-by-step through the confusing world of finding excellent staff training or booking a great speaker for your next conference, school inservice day or counseling convention.

My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I'll be your guide. I've been a speaker for more than two decades and I'll share what I've learned with you here.

 

1. Identify Your Focus

Too often, we get phone calls from schools, conferences or districts asking for inservice but they are unclear on their focus. Different speakers zero in on distinctly different topic areas so know your focus area before you even begin to look for the right training for your staff.

professional development tipTIP: If you aren't sure exactly what is your most pressing training area, survey your staff and look for repeat requests and priority issues. Priority issues should include safety concerns, student motivation and basic classroom management concerns. If a school or class is unsafe, or if many students are unmotivated or out of control, a focus on academics or other areas will likely be wasted as safety, motivation and well-managed students are essential to everything else that happens at your site.

 

2. Identify the Results You Want

Once you are clear on the focus for your training, you need to figure out exactly what results you are seeking. We hear all the time about school and agency staff sitting through professional development trainings that delivered lots and lots of theory– but the hope had been to get immediately useable techniques. Before you begin your speaker search, make sure you are clear on what you hope to accomplish and whether you are seeking theoretical or practical solutions. Watch out for cookie-cutter workshops that are pre-fabricated and not tailored to your site, your students and your staff's exact needs.

teacher professional development guideTIP: Try to quantify the results you are hoping to achieve. For example, if classroom management is a top issue, you may want results that include a reduction in students referred to the principal for class disruption. Other examples: a reduction in the number of students suspended and improved attendance.

 

 

3. Choose a Delivery Method

In today's world, you have options beyond in-person workshops. While there is no question that in-person is the most effective delivery vehicle for most professional development courses, online training is an option to consider– especially if you are on a tight budget.

professional development tipsDEFINITIONS

Here are the terms to know:

An In-Person Course is provided live either at your site or at a general session hosted by the workshop provider.

General Session Workshops are live and open to anyone. They're sponsored by the course provider. See a sample of a general session workshop.

On-Site Workshops are in-person courses held at your conference, site or at your choice of site for your staff or whoever you decide to include. You can charge others to attend on-site training workshops. You can also use on-site training as a fund raiser by charging others a fee to enroll. View information on on-site training.

An Online Course is a pre-recorded workshop typically offered as a video or in a PowerPoint slide show format. There may or may not be the opportunity for questions or follow-up concerns following an online course. View examples of online courses.

A Webinar is a live course that participants view from their computer or other device as it happens. There may be the chance to interact with the instructor, often by typing questions. Recorded webinars can be later offered as online courses. 

All types of in-person and online workshops can offer college credit and clock hours.

To get a better look at what online workshops are about, look at one of our free mini-professional development online workshops.

 

4. Where to Look for Speakers and Workshops

Now that you know your focus, your goals and the formats that you are willing to consider, you are ready to search for the right speaker and the right workshop for your site.

You can certainly use a search engine to start looking for either live, online or on-site workshops. For example, to find Youth Change Professional Development Workshops, many searchers input "classroom management workshop," "how to motivate unmotivated students workshop," "classroom management speaker" or "school violence expert."

For general sessions and online courses, you just sign up to attend. For on-site training, it's a bit more complicated as you will read further below.

K12 education speakers bureauTo find a speaker or workshop for an on-site presentation, the other major search option is to use a speakers bureau. We love the two bureaus that we work with the most. They move heaven and earth to make sure that conference and inservice planners get everything they hoped for and so much more. We can heartily recommend Premiere Speakers Bureau and AEI Speakers Bureau. Here is what Youth Change Workshops' listing looks like at Premiere Speakers Bureau and at AEI.

Speakers bureaus do all the work for you and get that speaker to you on time no matter what. Sometimes the cost of a workshop or speaker can be the same whether you book directly with the provider or go through a speakers bureau. However, using a bureau can cost more as the bureau does take a portion of the speaker's fee you pay; many speakers raise their fee to cover that extra cost.

There are also Speaker Listing websites that list speakers without representing them. Here is how Youth Change Workshops looks on one of them.

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5. Costs for Speakers and Workshops

Online workshops can be quite affordable. Our online courses start at just $39 and include free clock hours. Tuition for our general session workshops start at $169.

Fees vary wildly for live on-site speakers. Generally, you can expect to pay a premium for any speaker who is a big name in their niche, and the more famous, the more you will spend. However, the size of the fee doesn't guarantee that you get the professional development you want. Speaker fees are not small. Because most speakers travel a long way to your site, expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars, probably more.

Most speakers charge not just a speaking fee but they also bill the host for air and ground travel, per diem and more. Some will also charge for the course workbook and by the number of participants. That can make it hard to calculate your final total to ensure it fits your budget. While this practice is the most common, it is not universal. Fortunately, there are speakers who buck the trend and use a simple flat fee instead.

K12 professional development tipsTIP: Here at Youth Change Workshops, we have always used a flat fee charge for speaking, with one single cost for everything. We don't add any fees for workbooks, participants, college credit or clock hours. The flat fee includes all travel and makes planning easy. Although flat fee is not common, we think it should be because anything that makes it easier on the host is the right way to operate. You may agree and decide to work only with speakers who offer a flat fee option.

 

professional development training tipTIP: Be sure when you compare flat fees with standard fees that you factor in the likely final cost you'll actually pay with the standard fee. Flat fees are financially best for the host because the speaker is covering everything and must absorb any unexpected costs. Compared to flat fees, standard speaking fees usually end up being a less favorable financial outcome for the host who has to pay for many more expenses, cover many more items and absorb unexpected costs.

 

 

6. What to Ask to Find the Right
Professional Development Speaker or Workshop

As noted earlier, the key element is to be sure to ask speaking candidates about their ability to help you reach your quantifiable goals. You should also ask for workshop flyers, course outlines, letters of reference, fee sheet, participant evaluations, press coverage, awards, clips and experience providing training on your topic in your type of setting. Also be sure to ask about the contract and fee payment arrangement. Some speakers require a deposit. Most speakers and speakers bureau only book on a nonrefundable basis. Why? It is hard to re-sell dates at the last moment. Be sure to check what happens if inclement weather, travel disruption or other unexpected event interferes with your professional development event.

 

7. Speaker and On-Site Workshop Contracts

Some speakers and bureaus have lengthy contracts for on-site training events but here are some of the basics that must be included on whatever paperwork you get: Date, times, place, topic, speaker name, fee, fee due date, cancelation/change policy, information on any additional charges, and AV and other setup needs. Nonrefundable, noncancellable dates are the industry standard as last-minute speaker rebooking usually isn't possible, and when it comes down to it, speakers sell dates.

If you will need to use a purchase order or proprietary school district or conference document, find out if the speakers bureau or speaker will accept it.

 

8. Certificates, College Credit and Clock Hours

Your staff may want or need certificates of completion, college credit or professional development hours from the training they attend. Ask if this is an option, and ask about costs. There is huge variation on the costs, from free to quite expensive. Here at Youth Change, we provide most certificates of completion and clock hours free, and our college credit is under $50.

Some professional development providers work with universities that charge a lot for credit. However, as long as the university is a regionally accredited university, the credit will work for degrees, salary increases, etc. Many regionally accredited universities charge very reasonable fees for credit that is just as valuable as that from a most expensive university. For example, we love working with Seattle Pacific University, a widely recognized, regionally accredited university with fantastic customer service for students, yet they charge just $45 per credit.

 

9. Follow-Up

Here at Youth Change, we warranty all our past participants, whether they participate in a live, on-site or online training event. That means we offer Live Expert Help, email help and toll-free phone help indefinitely. We also make it easy for our past participants to repeat our classes should they ever need to. Find out how the workshop provider will support your training participants once the live or online event is over.

 

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

     

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Student and School Mental Health: Teacher Professional Development Guide

 

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Student and School Mental Health:
Teacher Professional Development
Guide

 
 

 

School mental health consultationHello from Youth Change Director and Workshop Presenter Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. One of the toughest things about my job is figuring out how to help teachers and other educators to acquire a gut-level understanding of student and school mental health problems. I'm a veteran mental health counselor so I'm always working hard to be sure that I leave teachers and other educators with the same close-up, inside look at student mental health problems that I have. I hope this brief guide will help.

Sometimes there can be a lot of misinformation in the way. Other times, there can be negativity about mental health issues and the related struggles that today's students can frequently present. Here is one way to bridge that gap and effectively give educators an inside view of students' mental health challenges and related issues and problems.
 

A Close-up Look Inside
Student Mental Health Problems

School Mental Health The class assignment for a group of high school students was to write a letter to one of your teachers telling them what you wanted or needed to say.

Here are excerpts from one student's letter:

 

Dear Mr. ___ ,

If the world were just, good teachers would overshadow the less perfect teachers. It's too bad that you should be one of those overshadowed. During Math, I was repeatedly insulted with the nasty names you called me. This was not a big issue in my life; you and your class could be easily overlooked. But it was not as easy for a lot of people I know.

Sam was a kind person, a typical teenager with a less than typical home life. He went through things no kid should even know about, never mind live through. Sam was not able to put your insults behind him. He took the easy way out. He started just skipping your class. After a while missing your class, he started to miss the whole day. Less than a year later, Sam was deeply into drugs and other things that a person would never wish upon any kid.

In the 12 years, I shared classes with Sam, I watched many teachers unsuccessfully try to make it better for him, but I will always remember the one teacher who successfully made it worse.

Fast forward about 4 years from the date this letter was written, and here is the latest news about Sam: He was spotted walking near the home of Chris, his old friend, and the author of the letter excerpted above. Sam was yelling and screaming as he came down the street. His clothes were in tatters, and he looked as though he was homeless and under the influence of alcohol or other substance. "Chris!" he screamed as he pounded on the door of his former classmate's home. "Chris, do you still live here?" Chris had moved to college years earlier so he wasn't there to open the door. Sam continued yelling and mumbling as he shuffled down the street.

Fast forward again about 1 more year. Sam was spotted on the big highway that goes through the center of his town. He was attempting to throw himself into traffic.

What is the point of Sam's sad story? The point is that kids never walk into Math class and announce that they were beat up last night and can't endure any more abuse. No student will ever say "My Dad already called me bad names before I left to school, so please, would you stop doing it?" As a teacher or counselor, your site is supposed to be a haven, an oasis for students who should heavy loads. Is it?

You may be surprised to know that this topic is one of the top areas that many participants in our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops ask us to cover. They are tired of the "the lousy attitudes of my co-workers," "how hard some teachers are on kids," "adults who are burned out," "adult rigidity and insensitivity," and "what to do when the adults make the situation much worse."

Student mental health In our workshop, counselors, principals and special ed teachers often will describe how teachers and other adults will sometimes steamroll over a fragile child, indifferent to the burdens they are adding to a child's already heavy load. One story stands out. A girl asked to go to see the nurse rather than run laps in P.E. The teacher denied the request despite repeated pleas from the child to go to the nurse, the office, or to call her mom due to what she said was severe stomach pain. Ultimately, the girl had no choice but to run the laps. She soon collapsed and almost died of a burst appendix.

No matter where we are in North America, workshop participants become the most distressed, discouraged and animated when seeking solutions for when the adults contribute to the problems that the students present. In our workshop, we actually give the participants highly unusual, but extremely effective "adult attitude adjustment devices." These decidedly unique, experiential methods can't be sufficiently captured in a quick professional development educational article like this, but here is a device that you can use with your team that could perhaps help. It will lack the drama and power of our best adult attitude adjustment devices, but it's a good starting place to get your staff thinking about how they impact students.

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As we discuss in our live and online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, changing the adults' mind about how they view and interact with students is a bit like changing peoples' opinions about religion or politics: change seldom occurs as a result of mere verbiage. Indirect, more compelling methods that shock will work best. Since we can't "shock" from an educational article on a web page vs in person, here is our next best intervention if you can't come to an upcoming live conference, on-site seminar, or online workshop presentation. In a departure from our usual pattern, be sure to note that this intervention is a quiz that is intended for use with adults, not kids. This is just an excerpt from the full quiz; to get the entire document, read the "Follow-Up" section below:

 

Student and School Mental Health Issues

Rate Your Attitude Quiz
 

school mental healthThink you're unbiased, cordial, objective and not too burned-out? Then check this out.

 

1. Problem Students
How do you view hard-to-manage students? Have you ever said "Nothing's going to work with that one?" Ever tried to convince your boss to place this child in someone else's class?

2. Special Needs Students
Have you ever said "ADD kids are just lazy kids," or "These types of kids take too much of my time"?

3. Diverse Students
Youngsters with unfamiliar accents and different skin colors may be a growing part of your group. Have you ever thought "Oh, not another one," or "He'll be slow too," about a child of a diverse background?

4. Troubled Students
Ever pushed on a poorly performing child only to discover later that the child had been hampered by beatings, illness, homelessness or tragedy?

If you answered "yes" to any of these queries, you run the risk of harming students– especially those carrying heavy loads. You run the risk of ignoring clear cues, like the P.E. teacher in the story above. You also run the risk of missing cues that are not even said out loud, like those offered by Sam.

You don't ever want to end up thinking that you would have behaved very differently– if you'd only known.

If you answered "yes," or if some of your team members should answer "yes" to the quiz questions, it's important to change beliefs and actions now before harm is done that may be irreparable. If you don't get help now from a workshop like ours,' or other resource that shows you how to manage your students differently, you run the risk of one day fearing that you bear some responsibility for Sam flinging himself into traffic. There are Sams in every setting where there are children. If you hone your skills to respond properly, you will not add to Sam's burdens, and you may even prevent him from ever running out onto the road at all.
 

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Best Student Discipline Strategies From Our 2004 Classroom Management Articles

 

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Best Student Discipline Strategies

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teacher educational articlesHello from Ruth Herman Wells, the person that writes all the educational articles here on Youth Change Professional Development Workshops' website. We've piled up a lot of great K-12 educational articles this year and in this article, we'll share some of our best, most effective student discipline and behavior management strategies of all time.

So, here are some exciting new student behavior and classroom management strategies for you to use right now. Enjoy!
 

Best
Discipline, Behavior and Classroom Management Methods
of 2004

 

articles on student discipline1. Famous Last Words

Ask students to imagine "Famous Last Words" from years ago. For example, years ago, someone may have said "People will always need horses for travel," and "Nothing will ever replace the typewriter." List your students' responses on the board and discuss. Next, ask your class members to identify what may be their own "Famous Last Words," and elicit answers like "I'll always be able to find a job without a diploma," and "There is no way I will need computer skills."
 

2. Would You Put Your Future in the Deep Freeze?

This unusual, but compelling intervention requires access to a freezer. Using permanent ink, make up cards that promise rewards or treats to your class members. For example, a card might say "When you see snacks in the room, trade this card for any snack you want," or "When offered, you can use this card to leave class early." Use heavy laminate to encase the cards, then distribute an assortment of cards to students. Students will be enthusiastic and positive about the cards; allow them to voice their pleasure. Next, ask the class members to write their names on the cards they receive, then instruct the students to return all the cards to you. Once you have collected all the cards, submerge the cards in a container of water as your students look on. Next, place the cards in a freezer. You must wait until the cards are frozen in the water to finish this intervention, so plan to continue this exercise in a subsequent class.

To continue the intervention, bring the frozen cards to your next class. Now, do offer snacks, early dismissal, and the other items written on the cards. Students will be unable to locate or use their frozen cards. Let students voice their frustration, then ask the class members to determine the point of this unusual activity. Here is the point: it can be extremely frustrating if you need something and it is in the "deep freeze" when you need it. What might that "something" be? Perhaps a diploma, sobriety, literacy, computer skills, or whatever point you wish it to be for your particular group. Offer students the opportunity to repeat this exercise at the next class using defrosted cards.

Using the defrosted cards, repeat the exercise. Now, students can easily get what they want. Discuss this observation with the class, then ask the class to determine how this observation relates to what can happen if people put their diploma in the deep freeze– or their sobriety, or their literacy, etc.

Our Poster #324 (shown above) is just one of our hundreds of posters that can continually reinforce your message to students that school and education are critically important.


3. How are We Doing?

The new year is a time of new beginnings and reflection. There is no better time than now to ask your students to look at how your class or group is faring. If you don't already ask students to regularly evaluate your class, you may be surprised at the answers. You may shocked at the impact just asking will have on your relationships with your students, who are often quite impressed that you cared enough to ask. Evaluation forms that ask students to finish the sentences, work especially well. For example, questions could include: "The one thing that helps me is…" and "The one thing that does not help me is…" You will learn so much about how to best interact with, and assist your charges. We believe in this intervention so much that we have conducted evaluations on every class we've sponsored in our 15 year history.


4. First In, First Out

Classroom PostersTo improve punctuality, create a rule that offers the first students to arrive, the opportunity to be the first students to leave at the end of your class. You might even allow them to leave several minutes early. This courtesy can be related to the world of employment, where sometimes employees who arrive early, are permitted to leave a bit early, or they may receive promotions, awards, or other benefits for their on-going promptness.

Our Poster #319 (shown at right) can powerfully reinforce your students' new understanding of the importance of punctuality, and can effectively help preserve the improvements you've generated.
 

 

 

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k12 educational articles5. Misbehavior Needed

Ask your class to name all the jobs and businesses where employees can misbehave in the manner that students do. (There are none.) Next, ask your class members if they will ever need to work.
 

6. When the Hand Goes Up…

The first minutes of class or group can be wasted on quieting students. As with any expectation for behavior, you must teach students how to perform the behavior before you expect it. Here is a wonderful device that can engender immediate quiet. Teach your students: "When the hand goes up, the mouth goes shut." To encourage participation, consider asking one of the students to lead the intervention.
 

7. Sounds of Silence

Here is another device to quiet your group quickly. This device is a lot of fun. Using a TV remote control, teach students to become "mute" when you push the button on the remote. Students tend to like this intervention, and will often become mute mid-word, just like a TV would. To make this device work well, be sure to "unmute" your students too. If you wish, this technique can be used throughout class, and at other times.
 

8. Overdue Sue and You

Punctuality can be a chronic problem at your site. Teach students punctuality skills, and you'll find that this chronic problem is less chronic. Ask your class members to imagine the excuses for lateness that might be offered by Overdue Sue, Tardy Marty, and Late Great Nate. Next, ask students to devise specific solutions. Finally, assist students to apply the solutions in their own lives.
 

9. There Must be 2004 Things You Need to Know by 2004

There are some new sounds around in 2004. Ask your students to explain those sounds, and include items like these: Spam filter, portable cell number, terminated benefits, generic equivalent, and land line. (Translation: spam filters attempt to remove junk e-mail; cell phone numbers can now be transferred from carrier to carrier; terminated benefits mean your insurance or other service has ended; generic equivalent drugs may be cheaper counterparts of brand-name drugs; a land line is a non-cellular phone.) Ask students to consider if they can keep up with the conversation in 2004.
 

10. Control the Uncontrollable

We are often asked to present our workshop at schools where the staff feel that the students are out-of-control. During these workshops, staff always want to know how to get back in control, especially when nothing seems to work. Here are the first two steps. First, it is much easier to start over than rehabilitate a class or group that has been out- of-control. A natural time of year to start over is January, which is traditionally viewed as a time of beginnings. If you take this step, be sure to acknowledge the past problems, and emphasize that those problems will not be continuing. You now must absolutely follow through on those words, or the problems will likely worsen.

The immediate question then becomes, "How do I follow through and maintain better control?" The answer is that you must learn and use techniques that fit extremely out-of-control youngsters. This is the second of the two initial steps. For many youth professionals, your training did not help you learn different management techniques for different types of youngsters. Ideally, you would have learned a lot in college about uncontrollable (conduct disordered) youth, and how you must work with them differently. However, many youth professionals aren't given this training.online professional development Your second and third issue of this magazine covered this population, and gave you a few key do's and don'ts. To maintain better control, you must use the correct methods for severely misbehaved students, and you must train and motivate all your students to perform the behaviors that you expect. Need a recap on severely misbehaved youth? Here is initial information to get you started. This introductory article will not be everything that you need, but it will give you some of the key basics to get your started on a better year– even for your most defiant students who are so hard to discipline effectively.

Our online workshops can quickly provide more in-depth understanding of hard-to-discipline students. View our many choices for online professional development. All offer free clock hours, and $45 college credit is also available for some online professional development choices.

 

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