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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...

May 2, 2018

Level 1: Primary Prevention in the Classroom

I have received an increasing number of emails from district administrators and staff development specialists thanking us for helping them implement PBIS. They use phrases like, “has perfect alignment,” “gives us everything we need,” and “is positive and practical.” These emails led me to ask myself, “What in the world is PBIS?”

What Is PBIS?

In the 1990’s...

April 3, 2018

Teachers are always looking for ways to improve their classrooms, and classroom management is often at the top of the list. When your management system in place, your class can run like a finely tuned machine. However, some classes can be a challenge. The strategies you’ve used in the past just aren’t working and you search and search for help. You talk to colleagues, read books, scour the interne...

February 28, 2018

This article was originally posted in October of 2015. However, while topic is worth repeating, it also acts as a "part 3" to our two previous articles: January's "Exploiting Structured Practice" and February's "Adding Motivation to Mastery".

A Spanish Teacher’s Epiphany

It had been a month since training with Tools for Teaching, and our agenda for the follow-up meeting was to fine-tune and problem...

February 2, 2018

Beyond Weaning

Our focus over the past several segments has been on the prevention of classroom discipline problems. First, we looked at eliminating learned helplessness during Guided Practice by replacing the tutoring of helpless handraisers with efficient prompts of 5-10 seconds duration. Second, we looked at eliminating the need for most corrective feedback by creating mastery prior to Guided Pr...

December 6, 2017

Beyond Behavior Management

When describing management programs, commentators tend to contrast “behavioral” approaches with programs that focus on “relationship building.” Behavioral programs deal with consequences and management skills, whereas programs that focus on relationship building emphasize bonding and communication skills and problem solving skills.

Most text books on discipline management...

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...

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...

Focus on Process

It's spring, and that means schools and school districts are planning their professional development trainings for next year. It is easy to schedule a workshop and hire a presenter. It is far more difficult to have that workshop serve as a vital part of a long-term process of professional development. 

 

Long-term success depends on decisions made by administrators before t...

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