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July 1, 2019

There are two different perspectives to consider when applying Tools for Teaching to the job of substitute teaching. The first is when you are about to have a substitute. The second is when you are about to be a substitute. Our treatment of substitute teaching will, therefore, have two parts: 1) your preparation for having a substitute, and 2) what to do when you are the substitute.

Having a Substi...

March 5, 2019

No matter where I go, teachers are looking for answers to the cell phone problem. Students are using their phones at inappropriate times to say the least - and fighting back when asked to put them away. Policing the use of cell phones in the classroom has become a daily battle and a source of frustration and exhaustion for many teachers.

So, how do we deal with it? Do we institute severe penalties...

July 3, 2018

Level 3: Tertiary Prevention in the Classroom

Perfect Alignment

The goals of PBIS and Tools for Teaching are the same – to manage classroom discipline problems proactively and effectively. Only in this way can normal student misbehaviors be prevented or at least limited so they do not escalate into office referrals.

In addition, both programs focus on practical procedures that have been proven i...

June 1, 2018

Level 2: The Second Level of Discipline Prevention

Focus on Prevention

Both Tools for Teaching and PBIS focus on the prevention of discipline problems. And both programs focus on practical, research-based procedures that have been proven in schools and classrooms.

In PBIS the language of prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) is superimposed over a broad range of behavior management procedures...

November 1, 2017

Remember Larry?

Larry is the name we give to the student who is always getting into trouble. Larry will cause you to question your career choice. In this segment we will add a new twist to Responsibility Training that gives you a way of dealing with Larry that is both cheap and constructive.
 

Imagine a Hurry-up Bonus in which all of the students but Larry are in their seats ready to begin as the ti...

October 1, 2017

Having Fun with Responsibility Training

In the previous three segments we have described the mechanics of Responsibility Training. Responsibility Training represents a leap forward in the technology of incentive management in the classroom. It allows the teacher to generate cooperation from the entire class at very little effort while reducing wasted time.

In a nutshell, students earn Preferred Acti...

August 31, 2017

The Nuts and Bolts of Time Management

Responsibility Training teaches students to be responsible with everything they do in the classroom from bringing pencils to hustling during lesson transitions. However, all of these various forms of responsible behavior can be organized under one single heading: learning to be responsible with time. In this segment, we will examine those procedures that train...

August 2, 2017

Students Waste Time

In our previous segment we learned that incentive systems teach lessons. We might give our teenager an allowance, for example, not only because they need money, but also as a means of teaching money management.

What resource do students waste in the classroom? They waste time! They spend it as though it had no value. Dawdling is an art form. Students waste a sizeable portion of y...

January 31, 2017

The Joys of Dawdling

For students, dawdling is an art form. No matter how much time you give them for a lesson transition, they will need more. They walk nonchalantly to the pencil sharpener, socialize as they slowly turn the handle, and then saunter toward their seats as they finish their conversations.

There is no reason to hustle. Students know that as soon as the lesson transition is over, you w...

November 18, 2014

Any parent will tell you that the frustrations of childrearing come under two headings:

 

  • How do you get kids to stop doing what you don’t want them to do?

  • How do you get kids to start doing what you want them to do when you ask them to do it?

 

In the same vein, behavior management has two basic objectives:

 

  • Decreasing the behavior you don’t want.

  • Increasing the behavior you do wa...

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