Back 2 School: Behavior Mangagement

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Hi everyone! Today I am linking up for the first week of Mrs. D’s Corner and Miss V’s Busy Bees’ Back 2 School Linky.

Today we are talking about behavior management. What teacher hasn’t struggled with behavior management at some point in his or her teaching career?

Have the nightmares started yet? You know the nightmare when you wake up screaming because your class is not listening or out of control.

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I remember being a first year teacher and of course, getting one of the worst classes in the school. Imagine being picked up and moved out of the way by a 2nd grader because you were interfering with their fist fight!! Uh huh, that was quite a year. That year I tried everything I had learned in college, everything that colleagues had suggested. I even tried bribery…that didn’t work either. But we all know that we just can’t give up. I plugged away until the class was somewhat manageable.

Thinking back on my first year, I cringe. I have learned so much through the years about classroom management.

Here are some helpful hints:

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1. One of the most important tips is to set up your rules and routines on the very first day of school. Your kids need to know what is expected and how the day will go. Start by showing students how they will enter the room each morning, go through where students are to put their things, how to line up, go over where the materials are, your job chart, and being called to a meeting area (if you have one.) Remind students how they are to walk in the halls (I’m sure they will have forgotten! πŸ™‚ )

Make a list or plan of your rules and classroom routines so that you don’t forget any! Review the rules and routines constantly until the students know that you mean business. Often times, you will hear a teacher say, “But I went over the rules and we went through the routine. They just don’t get it.” If you don’t constantly reinforce the rules and routines, the kids will walk all over you.

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2. Do not try to be your students’ friend. Don’t get me wrong, I love my students. I joke around with them and we talk about lots of things but there has to be some type of boundaries. I have seen many teachers crash and burn because they want to be seen as “cool” or want to be their students’ friend (Ladies and gents, the same things goes for parents who want to be their child’s friend!!)

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3. Highlighting the positive that you see instead of the negative. Sometimes I don’t even say names, I say something like…”Wow! Someone wearing the color orange is doing a great job on line.” It’s great. All the kids look down to see what color they are wearing. Sometimes I choose something to say that many of the kids have in common, like…”Someone with the letter A in their name is doing awesome in class today.” The whole class sits up straighter. They are just so stinking cute!
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4. BE CONSISTENT!!! I can not say this loud enough. You need to be consistent throughout the entire year. If the answer is no to Johnny, then it should be no to Suzy.

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5. Develop “The Teacher Look.” Come on…you all know the look that I mean. the “look” that stops students (and husbands) dead in their tracks. The look that says, “Oh no you didn’t, you better stop that now!!” I love that look. The teacher look can silence a whole class in a matter of seconds.

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6. Stickers, pencils, and erasers go a long way. (I don’t consider that bribery. Do you?)

Are you still here? Sorry I am talking your ears off. πŸ™‚

I’ve tried many different approaches to behavior management over the years. To be honest with you, different things work with different classes. I started using the Clip Chart about two years ago and my kids loved it. I was really surprised and I know that there are many articles against clip charts. But I say, you have to what you feel comfortable doing. I give my kids a warning (or two) before their clip has to be moved down and I have my kids move their clips up more often.

Last year I started to use my Robot Clip Chart Behavior Management System. I only used it for about month, before school ended. So this year I am starting in September. Both my kids and parents responded well to it. I also stopped using a prize box last year and started using reward cards.

Here is a quick view of the management system.
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I also send a home a weekly report with the students for the parents to sign. Students have a monthly behavior calendar that is used during the month. Each day, the student colors in the color that corresponds to his or her place on the clip chart. At the end of the month, we review the monthly behavior chart and students quickly see how they did during the month. This lends itself to a great graphing activity “How Was I This Month?”

For students who struggle with behavior, they complete a behavior goal sheet.

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The Clip Chart Behavior Management System and all of the reward cards will be 20% until Friday, July 18th.

You can check out the reward cards by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I would love to know what hints or tips you would give others about classroom management. Click the picture below to head back to Mrs. D’s Corner to read what others have to say about behavior management.

Rachel

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5 thoughts on “Back 2 School: Behavior Mangagement

  1. That first picture is priceless… I think that summarizes a teacher’s worst fear in full. All I have to say about the rest of your posts and tips… A-freaking-men! I agree to infinity and beyond about everything you stated (and maybe LOLed a little when you talked about “the look”… my husband knows that look haha*).

    Thanks so much for linking up with us this week. Can’t wait to read all about assessment next week!

    Stephanie

  2. Stephanie, I think we all have “the look.” My son is really good at giving the look too. He must have learned it from me. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my goodness! Your first year of teaching sounds exactly liek mine, which was last year. I love all of your advice! I did not start teaching until November of last year so I have yet to experience the first few months of schools/ routines. I really like your behavior management tools. I am definitely going to check those out!

    Rachel W.

  4. Hey Rachel!

    Thanks for linking up with Stephanie and myself for our B2S Weekly Linky! We’re happy to have had you.

    Your behavior management tips could not have been more spot on. I learned the hard way that you can’t be your students’ friends when I was doing my internship in college. You better believe I haven’t done that again! But, you can still joke around and have fun with your students without being their friend (but instead, their teacher and mentor and someone they look up to).

    I’m glad the clip chart worked well for you. You said you just started using it in the last month last year. What did you use before that?

    Looking forward to seeing your post about assessment this week!

    Okay, first – thank you for linking up with Stephanie and myself! We’re super happy to have you.

    Second – I absolutely LOVE that from Harry Wong – I never really noted the difference between procedures and rules… kind of just lumped them into one. But, now that you point out the difference, I can totally see the reasoning for only having FEW rules, and then plenty of procedures.

    Thank you so much for sharing this HUGE point, as it’s honestly given me a lot to think about and ponder.

    See you this week for our assessment discussion!

    Sara
    Miss V’s Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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