Classroom Management and student behavior is one of the top challenges facing teachers today. Learn easy to implement strategies that will transform your classroom immediately!
I’m going to start this challenge by challenging your current thinking. I think that a lot of the complaints about education today have a lot to do with unruly children and bad parenting. I bet you think that this challenge is going to have you change that thinking… but you are wrong. For the most part, I agree.
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Now, I will set a disclaimer here. I am a special education teacher who works extensively to set up positive classroom behavior supports for children with disabilities and emotional disturbances. I believe whole heartedly there are children who exhibit behaviors beyond their control and beyond the control of their parents due to neurological differences. (Those differences, when understood properly, are completely manageable, but that is a different training! Sign up for this challenge and you will be the first to know about the Behavior Analysis training I’m planning!)
But that’s not what this challenge is about. This challenge is about the general education classroom and the challenges that they face every day. I am a 6th generation educator. When I talk to my mother and grandmother about challenges they faced in their classrooms vs. what we face today, they just can’t believe it!
What has changed over the decades is that teaching is now interrupted. Classroom behavior is out of control. Students are not coming to school emotionally well rounded and ready to learn. (The good news is that there are a few very simple strategies we can implement that will change that.)
Did you know that 78% of students will quickly and freely remind their teachers that they “have rights” and that their parents “can and will sue” if they get in trouble? Of course, you did. You are a teacher.
Did you know that 49% of teachers say they have been accused of unfairly disciplining a student?
Oh my… what am I saying? Of course, you know that! I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise. That would just be silly!
I am a special education teacher with extensive training in shaping behavior and the neuropsychology involved in shaping behavior and I agree that we are facing a national crisis in our schools today. While I have dealt with many high-level behaviors and have dealt with students in serious emotional crisis, the crisis I’m referring to now is low-level behaviors. These low level behaviors are taking up hours upon hours in our day. The behaviors like ignoring the teacher’s direction, pretending to lose papers in order to consume time to avoid having to do actual classwork, irresponsibility with tasks like bringing homework and appropriate tools to class like pencils to class! (Yes, that takes a LOT of time out of our day!)
Just think about the number of times a day you repeat directions like “Hands to yourself, please.” “I need you to put your name on your paper.” “Do you have your homework finished?” “How about now? Did you finish your homework now?” “Did you turn your homework in?” “Yes, after you put your name on your paper, it does need to go in the basket. If you put it back in your locker I don’t know that you actually finished it. Yes, that basket. The one right there. The same one we’ve used since the first day of school…. There you go!”
There actually is a better way. I can show you how to regain 5-9 hours of instruction time PER WEEK.
Take your time with this challenge. It’s a “5 day Challenge,” and it can be done in a 5 day week. However, I understand that true change comes with time. If it takes you a week to take 1 of these suggestions and utilize it to its full effectiveness, I know you will be happier with the results and so will your students, and that is amazing. So if it takes you 5 weeks to make this 5 day challenge a complete habit, that is no problem at all. Make each of these simple, actionable tips a daily habit. Experience has shown that after implementing these strategies, test scores rise and teacher anxiety drops dramatically.
Plus, you can contact me at any time on my Facebook page or by emailing me! (Sign up and you will get more contact information! I do personally reply to all emails and comments!)
So if you are interested in reducing your stress levels and increasing student achievement, then this challenge is for you!
Teachers, We have amazing students in our classrooms every single day. Each one of them, even the challenging ones, are special little blessings. Sometimes those little blessings just need a little help communicating how amazing they truly are. These strategies will make you shine as an educator and help each and every student be successful in school.