"The reality of education is that people learn from people they love," says New York Times columnist David Brooks in a recent National Public Radio interview discussing his new book, The Social Animal. "We've spent all this time with big schools, small schools," Brooks later says. "But what really matters is how good people are at relating to one another."
How cool is that?! A respected journalist and bestselling author--and a non-educator at that--drawing attention to an often-overlooked hallmark of great teachers: strong relationships with their students. At the same time, if we as educators react to Mr. Brooks' comments by focusing on just one skill or attribute of great teachers--relationship-building--we'll overlook other skills and attributes of great teachers.
That's exactly what happened when Maurice Elias cited Mr. Brooks' book in a recent blog post, What's the Secret to Effective Classroom Management?, where he stressed the importance of "trusting, respectful, caring relationships between students and teachers." My issue with Dr. Elias' post has nothing to do with his premise--which I embrace--but rather his packaging, as reflected in the title. His article, after all, isn't about classroom management, but rather relationship-building and/or behavior management.
When they walked into his sixth-hour class for the first time in September, Todd Hardy gave this crop of students his opening day lecture.
“I said you should all get an ‘A’ in this class, because it’s all about you,” said Hardy, a special education teacher at Tremper High School. The answers for all the questions in this class are already in your heads, he tells the students. Which isn’t the same thing as saying the answers are easy.
Rules reveal a lot about what is valued in classrooms and schools. Recently, when visiting classrooms in a large school district, I saw vivid examples of how the rules of each room influenced children's behavior, cooperation, creativity, independence, and passion for learning. I saw how the rules reflected the teachers' values—whether or not students had participated in making the rules. In each classroom I .....
Student misbehavior takes teachers away from teaching and distracts students from learning. Austin Public Schools is doing something about this by improving student behavior through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and there are opportunities for parents and community members to get involved as well.
Here it is: Children have a strong, positive relationship with their teacher, and vice-versa. Beneath this seemingly simple concept is a lot of neuropsychology, evolutionary psychology, cognitive development, and SEL
Social rule structures eventually rest on one of two things: trust or fear. When the rules are based on trust, students feel freer to participate; problem-based learning can thrive, versus learning focused on getting the one right answer; students can challenge prevailing wisdom, ask questions, and disagree safely with one another. Students can co-create classroom management rules because they want to be there and they want the classroom to be engaging and work well.
Any school, district or state planning for large scale implementation of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) faces the question of projected costs. The purpose of this Evaluation Brief is to provide a context for addressing that question. Our preference would be to provide a simple dollar amount that could be applied across budgets. Our experience, however, is that many variables affect the cost of SWPBIS implementation. Although beyond the scope of this document, a more extensive discussion about projected costs should consider associated variables....
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a systems approach to create and maintain positive school climates. This evidence- based framework emphasizes preventing school discipline problems.
Musician Ray Wylie Hubbard says, “The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are good days.” I think it goes without saying that gratitude is an amazing “happiness strategy”. Expectations, on the other hand, get us in...
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