4 thoughts on “Behavior Management

  1. Daniel December 6, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    Have music (classical, jazz, etc) playing during independent work periods. If students get overly chatty or loud, you can say, “I am having trouble hearing the music.” Usually, it never gets to this point and students really enjoy the music and are extremely focused.

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  2. Daniel December 6, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    From my mentor teaching over the summer: (ideal for younger grades)
    Whenever the kids appear distracted or highly active on the rug. Say “Gimme 5” established at the beginning of the year as…
    1) eyes are on the speaker
    2) hands are free from distraction
    3) you are still
    4) you are quiet
    5) you are listening

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  3. renata December 6, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    From a classmate:
    “Idea to control interjections: My lead teacher calls this management technique the “Door to Silliness.” As introduced to the kids in the first few days of school: “It’s okay to peek into the world of silly, but you must make sure that you don’t step all the way in when you open the door, and you must be especially careful not to bring everyone else in the class in with you. We want to make sure we’re still doing what we all agreed to do here: learn. It’s great to peek into the silly, as long as you can close the door again just as quickly.”

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  4. renata December 6, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    From a classmate:
    “if kids are fidgety or if they are disruptive we say “go take a resuscitate card.” we have a stack of cards in the back of the class, they grab one and step out of the class and do what the cards say. most of them have breathing exercises or stretches on them to help them to pause and regain focus. if they are asked to do 2 resuscitate cards in a day they miss recess. the kids seem to like them and they seem to help!”

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