50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior: Simple Solutions to Complex Challenges

50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior: Simple Solutions to Complex Challenges

Todd Whitaker, Annette L. Breaux

Language: English

Pages: 145


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From best-selling authors Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker, 50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior: Simple Solutions to Complex Challenges is a must-read reference for teachers, both new and experienced!

In a lively and engaging style, Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker share 50 simple, straightforward techniques for improving student behavior and increasing student cooperation, participation, and achievement. Each practical, well-defined strategy can be applied in classrooms of all grade levels and subjects. Strategies include:

* How to make students more responsible
* How to nip potential problems in the bud
* Learning what to overlook
* Establishing classroom rules and procedures
* Teaching in small bites (It makes students hungrier!)

As student behavior improves, so too will the quality of learning in your classroom. With this book, you can begin to introduce a host of new strategies into your teaching practice today!

















deserving students. I have to say that my wife is the one who gave me the idea, and at first, I didn’t believe that it would work. But seeing that I have no problems with some of the same students that other teachers are having major problems with has made a believer out of me. As the school year progresses, I increase the responsibility, as my ultimate goal is to teach them that they are responsible for themselves. I find that the more responsible I make them, even with small tasks, the more

have to start from square one. I teach them, on the very first day of school, to write sentences that are so simple that they can all succeed. And then I praise them all profusely. When they see their successes, they are more willing to try again. Now the fact is that within weeks, these students are writing much more complex sentences. Soon, they are writing simple paragraphs. And, finally, before the end of the school year, they are writing essays! To top it off, they are behaving far better

overlook, or at least pretending to overlook! You see, the most effective teachers sometimes use ignoring as a way of dealing with a situation. They realize that, in some instances, the best way to act is not to react! Classroom Solution/Strategy Too often, teachers stop the flow of activity—actually halting the entire lesson—to deal with one student. Sometimes, of course, this is appropriate. For instance, if a student is hitting another student, it is appropriate and necessary to stop what you

Ponder Consider the fact that the louder we speak, the less others listen. A loud voice seems to collide with a brain’s desire to listen. In the classroom, it is no different. We often notice that in great teachers’ classrooms, their voices remain soothingly calm and pleasant. That is because they know that when they speak softly, others seem to feel that what they have to say is important. Thus, others listen. In the classrooms of less-than-effective teachers, we continue to notice that their

so than they are listening to your words. This is why it is so important never to act when angry, never to let a student know he has pushed your buttons, never to stare a student down. These actions do not demonstrate control; they demonstrate loss of control! (See #50.) The trick is to be aware, constantly, of your body language and be sure that you always possess the body language of a professional who is always in control. All of us, even the very best teachers, can improve on our body

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