Goal: Rethink Classroom Management

Part of Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward and Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful

“I am the decisive element in the classroom … In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized. – Dr. Haim Ginott

Goal: Rethink classroom management. Get your students to reflect on how different behavior choices impact others.

In chapter 19, Goal: Rethink Student Behavior, of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I share the following ideas for getting students to reflect on their behavior choices. Some include:

  • get students to create a class code of conducts, sign it, and commit to making better choices
  • as a class brainstorm more effective ways to deal with first offenses
  • get students to create a plan of action for when they feel tired, anxious, angry, rage, hungry, bored, etc.
  • set-up a system for students to communicate with you when they feel like their emotions are overwhelming and they need a break.  I recommend having learning stations, a maker station, or a rest area for learners to work by themselves for a few minutes.

Our current system punishes

Our students are developing and learn how to react and reflect from us. Writing up students, suspension, or ISS (In School Suspension) often does not get to the root of the problem and rarely works. Recently, the Science Friday podcast (July 2015) revealed research showing the ineffectuality of school suspension: “According to a 2007 report from the non-profit Texas Appleseed, for example, over 80 percent of the adults in Texas prisons had dropped out of school. A panel of child psychologists and educational policy experts joins guest host Manoush Zomorodi to discuss how rethinking discipline and punishment could prevent the alienation of students and break down this link between schools and prisons.” Listen to the rest of the podcast to listen to the research. As a teacher, you control what happens in your classroom. You have the ability to choose a better classroom management system that doesn’t punish, but instead helps students reflect on their behavior choices and manage their own emotions.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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