“I am the decisive element in the classroom … In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized. – Dr. Haim Ginott
Goal: Rethink classroom management. Accomplish this goal by getting your students to reflect on how different behavior choices impact others.
In chapter 19, Goal: Rethink Student Behavior, of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I share the following ideas for getting students to reflect on their behavior choices. Some include:
- get students to create a class code of conducts, sign it, and commit to making better choices
- as a class brainstorm more effective ways to deal with first offenses
- get students to create a plan of action for when they feel tired, anxious, angry, rage, hungry, bored, etc.
- set-up a system for students to communicate with you when they feel like their emotions are overwhelming and they need a break. I recommend having learning stations, a maker station, or a rest area for learners to work by themselves for a few minutes.