When students are asked to work without direct teacher supervision, opportunity for misbehavior and/or time off-task increases. Consider the following suggestions to help keep students on-task and actively engaged in their work.
Most chronic misbehavior serves a function, or purpose for the student. Interventions are most effective when they address the underlying reasons for the behavior. By the time students are in middle/ high school, behaviors may have become habitual and will take time to modify. Remember, to shape behavior, high rates of positive feedback and reinforcement to the target student will increase the likelihood of success!
Let’s think about transitions. Common classroom transitions include beginning & ending routines, rotating centers, moving from direct instruction to a cooperative activity, cleaning up supplies, and collecting assignments. Poorly executed transitions can cause even the most structured classroom to fall apart!
Have you heard of the term “MBWA?” MBWA (Management by Walking Around) refers to a style of business management that involves managers walking around, in an unstructured manner, through the workplace to check with employees on the status of ongoing work. How can you use this effective strategy in your practice?
Teachers of all levels (including adult learners) need an efficient tool to gain student attention. In face, I bet you've also participated in a meeting or professional learning experience in which the speaker spoke a catch phrase or raised his or hand to gain the attention of the audience.
As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, you may find an opportunity to celebrate with your students. Check out these ideas for your elementary or secondary classroom!
Struggling with "no-name" papers? Not anymore, my friend!
Try one of these strategies!
The end of the school year is the perfect time to reflect, review, and even modify your Classroom Management Plan. Consider the following questions and recommendations:
Looking to motivate and reward your students for a job well done? You don't have to rely on complicated systems or pricey treasure box fillers!
Consider intermittently surprising students with one of these
simple (and wallet-friendly!) rewards.
We've said it before: If a teacher doesn’t plan and communicate behavioral expectations for students, the students will guess what constitutes responsible behavior. When students guess how they are supposed to behave, the results are often undesirable. We must explain to students how they are to behave during each and every activity.
How can I increase on task behavior? What can I do to encourage students to
follow directions right away? Effective behavior narration begins by giving clear directions and then acknowledging the students who follow them!
Check out the example below:
Many students thrive on recognition. Our favorite phrase is, “What you pay attention to grows!” It’s extremely important to provide specific praise- but then, it can be fun to add a “superlative” to the end of the phrase. Example: “You used one of our target vocabulary words in this paragraph. Super work!”
Here's a list of 30 additional ways to say, "Good Job!"
Maintaining our composure in the face of adversity (i.e. when students push our buttons) is crucial! Exhibiting an emotional response, such as anger or sadness, is a reaction that should not be used more than twice per year with any group of students. I know what you're thinking...
Author Marcia Tate said it best: "If a student likes you, there's nothing they won't do for you. If a student dislikes you, there's nothing they won't do to you."