Prevention is a key ingredient in classroom management, and the more preventative maintenance that can be done through the use of proactive strategies, the less likely teachers will be to encounter problem behavior. Classrooms where behavior problems have become a common occurrence are indicative of the growing “culture of disrespect” that has progressively infiltrated our schools. But even the most well run classrooms will experience problems from time to time.When challenging behavior does occur, whether it is frequent or infrequent, teachers must be equipped with the necessary tools to handle such challenges in a professional, mutually respectful way. Holding offending students accountable while minimizing disruptions to learning is a tall order, but it can be achieved in all but the most extreme circumstances through the use of the reactive strategies taught in our classroom management workshop.
In all cases, a proper response to misbehavior begins early on in the chain of events. Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. With prompt attention paid to emergent misbehavior through early intervention strategies, up to ninety percent of minor, pesky behavior problems can be eliminated in the classroom.
Classroom Management Beliefs
Times have changed.
Teachers are doing an incredible job.
”Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Dr. Madeline Hunter
Good discipline is a matter of good timing.
Conflict is an essential part of growing up.
Parenting affects behavior.
We cannot use poor parenting as an excuse for not teaching.
Problem behavior can entrap us.
Curriculum comes first, but discipline does, too!
Students do not necessarily know how to behave.
Classroom rules and routines need to be systematically taught.
Teaching succeeds where punishment fails.
We need an effective consequence for low-level misbehavior.
An effective discipline program teaches responsible behavior.
We can make a difference to every child.
Teachers will know...
...how to detect and correct classroom problems without stopping teaching.
...how to avoid power struggles.
...how to set effective limits.
...how to arrange and design the classroom environment for maximum performance (including 15 powerful desk arrangements from traditional to unorthodox).
...how to teach students to behave appropriately in class and in social settings.
...how to zoom through the curriculum like never before.
...how to firmly but fairly carry out disciplinary actions.
...how to NEVER again give multiple warnings or repeated requests!
...how to build and maintain trust with challenging children.
...how to reach at-risk children and turn them into productive classroom members.