Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday - Taming the Wild

Hello again - yes I am joining up with this linky again to share how I manage behaviour.
 
This is a tricky one for me as I don't have photos to share.
 
I have tried very hard over the years to work from a positive place rather than a negative one. Sometimes, with some kids you need to look really hard to catch that positive moment. But hey, that is our job!
 
I have worked is schools where a "Code of Conduct" is sent home each month and if your record is perfect - you get to participate in a grade treat. House points as a school work well for yard behaviour and with older kids, but 5 year olds don't get it. I have worked in schools where a clipboard is used and crosses put against names and all we did was focus on negatives. I hated it! I have used a Traffic Light system and this worked and kids tried so hard to stay on green.
 
But this is what I do now..........
 
At the beginning of the year - like day one, moment one I talk about what is expected. Because I use Daily 5 there are anchor charts about each part and these impact greatly on learning behaviours.
 
When you are re-inforcing what is expected - we stop when the learning behaviour is not acceptable. Model what is incorrect and correct.  I try hard to notice positives - but the big game changer is POINT OF NEED TEACHING AND LEARNING
 
I have found if the program is right for each child there are very little spot fires and much more focus on the work rather than the behaviour.


10 comments:

  1. I love how you said that you model what is incorrect and correct! They, the students, need to know what each looks like. Great post!

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    1. This is so important - thanks for stopping by
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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  2. I'm having some problems with tantrums at the moment (snatching, yelling, stomping feet) so today I showed the kids how silly they look when they do it. They thought it was hilarious but then we all modelled how to solve our problems the right way and it worked - not a single tantrum during Learning Play today hooray!!

    Casey
    Lifelong Learners in Prep

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    1. Those tantrums are amazing. As a parent, we should have stopped them when they were toddlers so that when they get to school they are not an issue. I hope you remain a tantrum free zone.
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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  3. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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  4. You're so right: kids respond better to positive recognition anyways so it's a no-brainer....although it can certainly certainly be quite the challenge some days!!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Sam
    Fun With Firsties

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    1. Thanks Sam, keep looking for those great things
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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  5. This is what I try to do too! I would much rather reward children for bringing in homework, rather than punish those who don't do it - same in class, I use Daily 5, the expectations are clearly spelt out! I have a pretty good class, so it works for me!

    Have a great weekend Paula!

    Alison

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    1. It is about being proactive I guess and noticing the great things and making a big deal out of them. Enjoy your weekend too
      Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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