Hi everyone! My name is Laura, and I’m the blogger behind Discovering Hidden Potential. I’m excited to share some different classroom management ideas with you today. Thank you so much Rachel for this opportunity. With different personalities and needs that teachers encounter in the classroom, sometimes it can be hard to find the “right fit” when it comes to classroom management. The typical one-size-fits-all management system might not work for ALL the students in the classroom, especially when you have students coming to you from all different backgrounds. Over the years, I have worked with students with some of the backgrounds in the below graphic and have found teachers really need a repertoire of behavior strategies.
I’m here today to share some unique and different classroom management strategies in order to help you meet the needs of the different learners in your classroom!
Visual reinforcement can be especially helpful for younger children. A Behavior Lanyard is a visual for the students to wear all day so they will constantly be aware of their behavioral goals. On the back of the tag are tokens that the student earns when exhibiting the chosen behavior. When the tag is filled up, the student gets to pick a larger prize from a reward menu. This could also be used for the entire class, and the behavioral goal could change depending on the class needs. For example, if the class if having difficulty transitioning, then they could earn tokens for each appropriate transition time.
These cards can also be used in conjunction with an individual behavior plan that incorporates a point system. Teachers can give students chances to earn more points if they receive a positive card or use the corrective cards as warnings before points are taken away.
Some children need a spot in the classroom to go and “cool down.” As teachers it is important to teach students productive and healthy ways to deal with emotions such as anger, sadness, or frustration. By teaching students different tools they can use to deal with these emotions in a healthy way, we are helping the individual student and eliminating a potential disruption to the learning environment. The first step in doing this is being proactive and ready for a child who needs some additional help calming down within the classroom. The cool down cushion is the perfect place to “house” these tools and strategies.
The purpose of the cool down cushion is preventative, as a place where a student can voluntarily go when they identify signs of frustration before hitting the point of no return. Of course, you could call it something else. I just liked defining an actual place in the room and giving it a label. Next to the cushion, there should be a variety of tools students can use to cool down.
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