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"Class meetings are a great way to help students identify any behavior
problems and work on solutions that all can agree upon. Placing students
in a circle helps to keep everyone on the same playing field. The teacher
acts as a facilitator and encourages students to confront the problems and
work out the solutions. The goal is have students take ownership of their
problems and to be able to have the time to problem solve as a team. Meetings
can be called for any reason and should last for only a few minutes. Stay
focused and work toward achieving a goal that leads to action."
"Reinforce Positive Behavior"
"To reinforce positive behaviors in children, each month hang a poster
on the wall with each child's name printed on it. These can be seasonal,
such as pumpkins, flowers, apples, etc. They can be bought or made by the
teacher or the children. Each time a child displays a behavior that you
are trying to reinforce, have them take a sticker and put it on the card.
At the end of the month, the students take these home. They are proud to
take them home and you have reinforced only the positive in your classroom."
"Building Decision Making Skills"
"Developing the concept of "change" and getting students to accept
what can be changed and what cannot be changed can sometimes be a challenge
for teachers. This exercise gets students to use thinking and reasoning
skills to make decisions on what they have control over and what they do
not and to know the difference between the two. Start out with a list of
various phrases describing situations such as: the temperature outside,
how old you are, how you treat other people, how well you do in school,
etc. Ask students to identify what can be changed and what cannot; ask them
to tell why, and why not. This can be done in small groups or as a partner
activity. As a follow-up, students can write their own list and share it
with others. For younger students, the teacher can read the list and the
children can indicate the differences with a raise of the hand."
"Focus and Direction"
"When you begin a lesson, post a schedule of the class. We need to
let the students know what we have planned and where we are going. The students
can focus on the lesson of the day and understand the expectations. Read
through the schedule and put the responsibility of the lesson on the child.
This is what is to be accomplished today. You have given the expectation,
shared responsibility of the lesson with the students, and focused your
students on what is to be accomplished. This is also a good guide for the
teacher as well. When the students become accustomed to this outline, they
will soon be keeping the teacher on task. This can be posted on a chart
or simply written on the board."
"Every classroom, at some point, has a student that pushes the behavioral limits set. Select these particular students and delegate relative and meaningful responsibilities. Make them a helper in the room. Provide consistent praise and feedback of the assistance they have given. Discuss with the student the positive outcomes as a result of their actions. I have found that by doing this, the student begins to see for themselves the positive effects they are capable of."