The second half of Part 1 on Behavior Management gives four inservices.
A Scream to Blow Off Steam: A No Screaming Policy
If you raise your voice to a student, you send the message that you have allowed the student to control your emotions. We also don't want to give the message that it's okay to lose your temper if you're really aggravated with someone. I cringe when I see supposed-role models like coaches, going ballistic on players, screaming and cursing. What kind of role-model is that?! No wonder kids think it's okay to act that way on the playground!
The authors suggest sharing the new No Screaming policy with adults and students at your school. Students will still be held accountable, but they can feel safe that they won't be verbally blasted, while it adds another measure of accountability for teachers.
The Biggest Mistake Teachers MakeLetting students know they have gotten to the teacher (emotionally) is the biggest mistake teachers make! Some tell-tale behaviors:
- Teacher raising his/her voice in anger
- Teacher speaking with clenched teeth
- Teacher staring at the the ceiling with arms folded, possibly tapping foot
Ummm. . . . did any of you relate to these? Students need to know you are disappointed by their actions (much more effective than anger & yelling) and they are to be held accountable, but do so in a calm, professional manner.
Learn to Ignore MoreSome behaviors are best ignored, but many teachers feel they have to address every little problem; thus, wasting valuable learning time! The key is to be able to determine if a situation is worth addressing or if it should just be ignored.
The benefits of ignoring include
- This gives you a chance to calm down
- It allows you time to think & decide what to do, if anything, while continuing with class
- It give you the opportunity to deal with students individually, out of the range of the peers' listening ears
Simple Ways to Defuse AngerIf a student is not doing his work, the teacher remains calm. The teacher should act out of concern; find out WHY students are acting out. By doing this, you immediately remove the allure of a power struggle.
Our kids often have so much in their lives outside of the classroom that affects how they behave in the classroom. Remember that students are usually not acting out to specifically annoy you. I always love the saying:Teacher Care Pinterest board; I love pinning ideas for creating a calm atmosphere, even in the classroom, as well as nourishing yourself mentally & emotionally.
You can read more about 5 Tried & True Tips for a Positive, Well-Behaved Classroom here.
Be sure to check back & follow along with the rest of The Ten-Minute Inservice:
Part II: Teaching Practices on March 12th
Part III: Improving School Climate on March 19th
Part IV: Learning from Others on March 26th
Part V: What Makes a Great Teacher? on April 2nd