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  1. Enforcing Classroom Rules Prevention

  2. Have a limited number of rules so the students can remember the rules easily Have the rules posted so that they are clearly visible to the students Make sure the students know the possible consequences for breaking a rule Establish a routine to follow Create a “what if” chart next to the rules Calmly and firmly enforce the rules Enforcing the Rules

  3. “What if” Chart • Record what will happen if a student does not follow the rules • This acts as a visual reminder for the students to obey the rules

  4. When a rule is broken the first time talk privately with the student/s to ensure that they understand the rule and the consequences. Don’t be quick to judge. Figure out why the student/s broke the rule. Be patient. The students will misbehave. Reward good behavior. Balance the needs of all the students with the needs of the student who broke the rule. Tips for Enforcing Classroom Rules

  5. Why Prevention is Important • To keep issues from spiraling out of control • Safety • Deal with situation before it becomes a problem • To let the students know what is expected of them

  6. Catch the students being good! Give praise and encouragement when they do something that you like. If appropriate, acknowledge the student/s publicly when adhering to the rules. Otherwise privately acknowledge the student/s. Prevention

  7. Help students realize that the effects of their behave does affect others Positive feedback Make eye contact Keep students busy Frequently re-address the rules/consequences Prevention (cont)

  8. Prevention (cont) • Let parents know what is expected of their student at school • Explain to students why certain behaviors are considered right and wrong • If needed, ask for help from colleagues

  9. Verbal Tips: Do • Remain calm • Isolate the situation • Enforce the limits • Listen • Be aware of non-verbals • Be consistent

  10. Verbal Tips: Don’t • Over react • Get in a power struggle • Make false promises • Fake attention • Be threatening • Use jargon

  11. Carefully create seating arrangements Base group activities on behavior Teacher/student contact: visually, verbally, and physically Don’t give tasks that are too lengthy or too involved Preventing Behavior Problems

  12. Preventing Behavior Problems (cont) • Know the students ability levels • Understand how the students interact • Teach students that they are in control of their moods • Teach students that they choose the way they behave, so make positive choices

  13. Preventing Behavior Problems (cont) • Enforce a zero tolerance policy for threats, bullying, and intimidation • Teacher mobility

  14. Ask the student to state the rule that was broken. Explain to the student how the rule applies to the situation. Have the student explain why that rule exists. Have the student provide a possible consequence for the rule that he/she thinks is appropriate. 5. Put the consequence into action. 5 Step Procedure (Ultimately the consequence is at the teacher’s discretion)

  15. Sanity Check • Smile • Remember: you probably don’t have a “difficult class,” you may have a few “difficult students” • Focus on positive changes in the students • Never give up!

  16. Activity • In small groups • Discuss a few ways to appropriately handle the situation • Should the situation be handled privately or publicly? • What can be done to keep this from happening in the future? • Provide one way that is not an appropriate way to deal with the situation

  17. Resources • http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/socialskills/ • http://www.spannj.org/BehavioralPresentation/BehavioralPresentation/Teacher%20involvement%20&%20behavior%20Problems/Classroom%20rules.htm • faculty.owc.edu/comm/currid/ENL2012a/Classroom%20Rules.ppt