Towards Positive Behaviors

One of the things I hear over and over again from newer teachers is how difficult it is to manage the plethora of behaviors in today's classroom. Totally understandable! The classroom is full of challenging behaviors because every child has their own unique needs. With 20-30 students in a classroom and only one teacher, the task can be a daunting one.  
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Think about the parent who throws a birthday party for their child. They may have 10-12 children attend and the party may last about 2 hours or so. Not to mention, that birthday parties are motivating and fun events, yet, that parent is completely exhausted from the two hour party that has far less individuals in attendance than what a  classroom has. AND, the classroom is a place to learn and unlike the birthday party, unfortunately, many children don't want to be there. 
What do you do? First of all, I can't emphasize enough that you need to make a personal connection with every student. Secondly, a student should NEVER feel that you don't like them. Find the time throughout the week to learn a bit about each student and have that little one to one with them. A child who perceives that you like them doesn't want to let you down.
When you encounter an undesirable behavior, look for the root cause. Who was around? What might have provoked it? Are there underlying conditions? Is there a misunderstanding?  Is there something going on at home that is causing stress? Jumping in too harshly will often lead to worse behaviors. Have a one to one with the child to learn as much as you can about the situation. Never confront in front of others when ever is possible.

I have created a variety of resources that should help you. Everything from behavior contracts, to reflective think sheets, race to 10 motivational behavior modification resources and much, much more to help you be successful.

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