Passport to Innovative Education Character and Classroom Management Julia Reinhard , Presenter June 25, 2014. Today’s Educators are Bombarded with “Stuff”. There are state standards Core curriculum ISTEP or whatever new test will replace ISTEP Merit Pay
I believe these skills will help you with building good character and classroom management. They are:
Lots of studies show the benefit of breathing deeply before opening your mouth
The 1st step in any discipline encounter is to take a deep calming breath. These deep breaths shut off the fight or flight response in the body.
Name: Use the student’s name
Verb: Say the action to take
Paint: Paint a verbal picture of the desired behavior in detail
Use a respectful voice of no doubt
Ex: Zach, bring your paper up to my desk, put it on the top shelf of the paper tray, and return to your seat.
Cameron is sketching B-2 bombers on his notepad instead of completing his math problems. Take a breath. Think about what you want Cameron to do. You might say:
“Cameron, it seems you have a couple of options. You can work on your math by yourself or you can ask for help. Which would be better for you? You decided to get some help. In our school family we help each other be successful.”
Say something like: You seem angry. Did something happen? You wanted to stay and play longer. That’s hard. Breathe with me. You can handle it.” This will help students feel understood and safe.
When we are frustrated or caught off guard, we often use the wrong words. Saying something like “Stop that this instant!” or words similar to these, make a child feel insecure and unsafe.
Try to plan ahead for how you will handle reoccurring situations so that you can empathize
In Mr. Carter’s fifth grade class, Myra had been suspended from school for a series of infractions. Several class members went to the classroom “We Care Center” which consisted of fancy stationary and envelopes. They wrote Myra letters to keep in touch with her and wish her well. Each of the letters said she was missed in the school family and that the class is looking forward to her return.
Do we fall short on what we are trying to achieve with the students whose lives we touch?
LeBron James, MVP player for the Miami Heat, stood at the free throw line shooting baskets. He made 88 out of 100 baskets.
WellAunt Carleen, I want to remind them to “look through the lens of love”!