Yikes! Nothing Works

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  1. LiveNLearn

    LiveNLearn Comrade

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    I have a rough class this year. Every management strategy I can think of does not work with the students that need it the most.
    I am frustrated that I got a class loaded with major behavior problems. Originally, the other class was planned to be a combo, but before school started the other class became a straight six. The behaviors weren't moved off my list.

    Does anyone have some ideas for management for a newbie?:help:
     
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  3. agdamity

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    To help get better suggestions, can you tell us what you have tried already? Consistency is key--sometimes it takes a few days for them to get used to a new discipline system so try the same thing for about a week before you scarp it altogether. What behaviors is the class exhibiting?
     
  4. SouthernTeach

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    I teach fourth grade and this works great....

    My students earn points for a "party" I put up "25 points" on the whiteboard each morning. As I need to, I remove points, class talking or off task....I don't say anything, I just walk over and start marking off points. I use this all day long, it really keeps them on task and quiet. Now this is the important part.... I give them a goal to reach and at the beginning of the year it is low. So they may have to earn 75 points to earn a party. They could (if they were perfect!) earn a party within the first week.... That of course, does not happen. It usually takes up to a month to earn the first "party", but I try to make sure they get one fairly quickly so that they understand the benefit of keeping their points. I keep a running tally of their points, so they always know how many they have and how many they need. I write....
    "We have 37 points" --- (or however many they have)
    "We need 75 points" --- on the board every day along with the 25 underneath. When they earn their "party" I let them give me ideas (I have power of veto) and then the class votes on it. Obviously, the "parties" are not always what you would consider a party. We have done things like show and tell, extra time at recess, "read the morning away" whatever they vote on, and of course occasionally, they have things like...popcorn and a movie, board game afternoons, etc. Each time the # of points they need goes up.... so it gets harder to get a party and they get better trained.
     
  5. PowerTeacher

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    If you have not already seen it look into Power Teaching. Check here for step by step instructions. I will gladly help you get started.
     

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