Every teacher remembers his or her first “tough kid” experience. Maybe the student ignored your directions or laughed at your attempts to utilize the classroom discipline steps. We all have at least one story to share, and for some teachers, teaching a tough kid is a daily challenge. It seems that no matter what teaching techniques you try to pull out of your educator hat, nothing changes their behavior.
I’ve had the privilege of teaching some tough kids. I say “privilege” for a reason. Teaching these students pushed me to be a better educator and a more compassionate person. I’ve detailed below five methods that have reduced misbehavior in my classroom and, better still, helped transform these students into leaders among their peers.
1. Set the Tone
I firmly believe that a student’s misbehavior in the past does not necessarily equate to future indiscretions. At the beginning of the school year, I would walk down to the sixth grade teachers with my new class lists and ask questions. I would inquire about who works well together, who probably should not sit next to each other, and
Successful students exhibit a combination of successful attitudes and behaviors as well as intellectual capacity. Successful students . . .
1. . . . are responsible and active.
Successful students get involved in their studies, accept responsibility for their own education, and are active participants in it! Responsibility is the difference between leading and being led. Active classroom participation improves grades without increasing study time. You can sit there, act bored, daydream, or sleep. Or you can actively listen, think, question, and take notes like someone in charge of their learning experience. Either option costs one class period. However, the former method will require a large degree of additional work outside of class to achieve the same degree of learning the latter provides at one sitting.
2. . . . have educational goals.
Successful students are motivated by what their goals represent in terms of career aspirations and life’s desires. Ask yourself these questions: What am I doing here? Is there some better place I could be? What does my presence here mean to me?Answers to these questions represent your “Hot Buttons” and are, without a
Here are some tips to keep in mind while constructing the perfect plan for your child’s education:
- Start saving early It would be best to start saving for your child’s education as soon as possible for the earlier you start to plan for your children’s education, the longer you’ll have to build a pot of funds to cover all the costs.
- It’s more than tuition In addition to tuition, books, and extra fees, add travel expenses during break if your child has picked an overseas university. Tuition is only a third of the total annual cost for your child since other activities, particularly when your child takes part in sports, extra lessons, or other activities.
- Do researches ahead of time as some countries’ qualifications aren’t recognised by top universities Different countries have different systems and curriculums, and to increase the chance of your child being admitted into the top universities, you may have to send your child to either boarding school in another country, which can also increase the overall cost significantly.
- Look at other saving options Many schools offer scholarships
Cognitive Intelligence – Intellectual abilities such as logic, reason, reading, writing, analyzing and prioritizing. These go on in your own head and utilize only the neocortex, not the emotional centers of the brain which also provide crucial information. These abilities do not require any social skills per se, i.e., you can solve a math equation by yourself, or write an essay, or balance a business’ books by yourself.
Emotional Intelligence – Understanding your own emotions and those of others, and being able to use this information to bring about the best outcome for all concerned. Knowing where emotions come from and being able to manage your own and those of others. Knowing what emotions mean and what information they are providing. Being able to work well with others as well as alone. Being able to combine cognitive knowledge with emotional knowledge and use them in tandem.
Being effective both alone and as a team player vs. Only effective when working alone
Being able to manage your own emotions vs. Having temper tantrums, sulking or withdrawing
Being able to empathize with others and knowing where they’re coming from vs. Not being able to
Confronting trouble students in your class is not something that teachers look forward to but it is a disruption that every educator will meet at some point during their career. And then comes the possibility of difficult parents. Although these may be tough and sometimes emotional situations to deal with, it is important to stay positive.
Although this may be hard to do at times, try not to take the child’s disruptive behaviour personally. Remember that the child does not know you as a person, and is reacting the only way that they know – childishly.
Controlling your emotions is an important part to dealing with disruptive children who probably do not want to listen to an adult who is trying to reason with them. Avoid the urge to get involved in a verbal battle with them. Instead, take the problem-solving approach, and stay calm. Wherever possible, speak to the student privately away from their fellow peers, as there may be more personal problems such as family issues that are causing the disruptive behavior.
Focus working on solving the original problem, this will involve future disturbances from the same cause. And usually, if the root of
The benefits of homework has been debated by teachers and parents for years as the very word evokes very negative connotations to every involved, students, parents and teachers. Although many people think of homework as doing more harm than good by causing copious amounts of unnecessary stress to everyone, others believe that it has great advantages for children by encouraging them to think more independently outside the classroom.
The first benefit of homework is that it allows students and teachers to work more closely together. They can discuss their assignments or any problems that they are having with parts of their textbooks, before or after classes.
The second benefit is that it can bring families closer together as students may ask their parents or siblings for help on their homework. Not only will this help the students get a better understanding of their work with any parts they are stuck on, it will also allow parents to get more involved in their child’s educational life.
Thirdly, doing homework will prepare students for the big end tests. If a child does poorly on an assignment then they will learn what is
The advice: “If you want kids to listen, lower your voice instead of raising it. This forces kids to focus. Whisper, ‘If you can hear me, touch your nose.’ After a little while, everyone does it.”
Try it at home: Need to corral a bunch of six-year-olds at a birthday party? Whisper, “If you want cake, hop on one foot.” Goofy jumping is bound to be contagious.
The advice: “If students don’t like an activity, I pull out my timer and give them exactly one minute to complain. Once the timer dings, it’s time to get to work.”
Melissa Louise Page
Try it at home: You can’t set a timer every time your child starts a sentence with “I don’t wanna.” But allowing one 60-second over-the-top display of whining about feeding the cat could buy you a drama-free afternoon.
The advice: “Kids who don’t write over school breaks lose their sharpness by the time they get back. Encourage them to write at least a sentence every day.”
Try it at home: If you have a reluctant writer, help her out by acting as a pen pal of sorts. Write notes to each other, leaving them on
1. Community Build All Year Long. Routinely include strategies and activities in your lessons, such as Save the Last Word for Me, that allow students to express their thoughts and ideas, build relationships, and practice collaboration. This will help grow and maintain a feeling of emotional safety in your classroom.
2. Post Student Work. When displays of essays, poems, projects, and exams dominate the walls, there is student ownership of the room. When they look around and see their own writing and thinking, they certainly experience a higher level of comfort than if they see store-bought posters. That said, if informational posters are needed, ask your students to create them.
3. Have Non-Negotiables. Along with classroom rules and procedures, students must know non-negotiables right out of the gate. My biggest non-negotiable? Name calling. This resulted in an immediate consequence (a call to the dean and removal from the classroom that day). Tackle name calling head on or else kids won’t feel safe to be themselves, let alone learn.
4. Admit When You Don’t Know. Students appreciate when we show our humanity. Saying “I’m not really sure. Does anyone else know or might they like to look that up
For students who have had trouble in school, or who have had a negative summer, it is especially important to get the school year off to a fresh start. And for all students, having a positive mindset makes learning much more likely. Here are four activities to help accomplish these goals.
Identity and Purpose: Who Am I?
Now that students are back in school, it’s a good time to help them refocus on learning, their strengths, and the personal and other resources that will help them succeed. Students can individually fill out the grid below, and then pair-share, discuss in small groups, and finally share with the class some of their responses. (Students tend to be most comfortable sharing numbers 2, 4, and 6 below when in larger groups.)
You may also wish to use other creative forms of sharing, such as having students create a collage or chart with all of their answers to each question or the top three answers to each question. Consider integrating this activity into any journal writing your students do.
- What motivates me?
- What are my best abilities?
- How do peers influence me?
- When and with whom am I at my
According to research, in the traditional classroom, teachers do 80 percent of the talking, which is a surprisingly high percentage I think! When it comes to effectiveness though, is this really the best way to teach and learn, or could active learning be the answer?
Active learning is basically an instructional method that aims to engage students in the learning process; it is learning by doing. While traditional activities like homework could be included within this, active learning refers to activities that are set in the classroom.
Core Elements Of Active Learning
The core elements of active learning are student activity and engagement in the learning process. It isn’t as simple as just introducing activity into the classroom though; the type of activity also influences how much of the lesson content is retained by students. Activities that are designed around important learning outcomes, promoting thoughtful student engagement and a deeper understanding of the subject are essential.
A class discussion is an example of active learning, and it can be held either in person or in an online environment. Discussions can be conducted with any class size but are generally more effective
Every tool is created with a pre-established purpose. The purpose is often times to meet a certain need that the user may have or to help the user accomplish something and improve his work activity. Some of the most popular tools that are revolutionizing the educational field and not only are the so called “collaborative learning tools”.
There are some questions that inevitably arise every time something new appears or is promoted on the market. Most of the times, these questions refer to the benefits, utility and necessity of the newly created and launched tool? More specifically, the questions will focus on the What? Why? and How? related to the tool, namely:
- What are the benefits that come from using a collaborative learning tool?
- Why should I use a collaborative learning tool?
- How should I use a collaborative learning tool?
One of the most important things you need to establish before deciding on a collaborative learning tool is the type of activity you are developing and the purpose you desire to accomplish. If your main educational purpose is to increase student involvement and collaboration, then you may want to consider a mind mapping application as a collaborative
When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”? Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured and efficient in getting the class to a set finish point.
Education, guided by a focus on Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, is moving towards an emphasis on creation and innovation in the classroom. Though technology did not spark this movement, it has fueled the process by providing students with exciting and powerful tools. But is creation synonymous with learning? Can students even create without learning? How can we ensure that what they create has value?
The Exploding Volcano Project
The past archetype for creation in schools is best embodied by the Exploding Volcano Project. Picture two students standing before the class nervously combining the vinegar, baking soda, and red food coloring that sets the explosion in motion. The class cheers as the small toy figures are consumed by the red wave of destruction.
The real question for teachers the becomes “Did the students presenting, and the other students in class, truly understand the
If your child is 20 when s/he decides to pursue higher eduction and her/his current age is 3 years, then here’s a plan for you…
Having a child is very exciting and rewarding, especially seeing them grow up. It is a joy to watch them grow into confident young teens. There is however, a very important aspect that needs to be considered: their education. Let us look at a few ways in which you can plan for your child’s education.
One should also plan and invest for not only the child’s immediate requirements, but also for their education. The earlier one starts planning and saving money for this essential part of their child’s life, the larger the corpus is likely to be when it is actually needed.
The most important thing to remember is to start saving very early. It is advisable to start saving for a child as early as possible, or at least at the time you are planning to have a child, as this will reduce the burden of having to save more once the child is born, due to the power of compounding.
A strict budget should be made and
The cost of education is increasing as years go by, here are 10 things to keep in mind when planning for your child’s education:
- Start Saving now: It would be best to start saving for your child’s education as soon as possible, when the baby is born, or before the child turns one is the best time to start. Do you know the cost of education?Calculate now!
- Not all RESPs are the same: When looking into opening up an RESP, make sure you do your research andask questions. Remember, the more questions you ask, the more answers you will get.
- Look for bursaries: Ask about bursaries, there are different kinds available through community organizations, municipalities, and other special interest groups.
- Look at other saving options: It’s always good to have a ‘plan B’ when it comes to saving, it wouldn’t hurt to do some research or even ask your financial advisor if there is anything that a credit card or a savings account can offer that you may not be aware of.
- Government Grants: Keep in mind that the Government of Canada offers grant to beneficiaries 17 and under who has a Registered Education
Would you like to further your education in the field of planning, but are not sure how to select the right program for you? No two planning programs are alike, and that the exact “right” program might not exist. The decision to enroll in a particular program involves a number of academic and personal considerations.
Tip 1. Areas of Interest
Write down a series of topics and issues that interest you in planning. Consult the course catalogs from the schools that interest you. See whether the courses offered and the emphasis of the programs match your list of interests. Review recently published articles and reports by university faculty to determine whether your interests match. If you do not find a fit between your interests and those of the program or the faculty, you might consider enrolling in another school or another academic program.
Tip 2. What Are the School’s Graduates Doing Now?
Contact the planning department in the colleges and universities that interest you. Ask for the names and phone numbers of several recent graduates and ask for permission to contact them. Call these graduates to find out what types of jobs they got