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January 2, 2018

Preventing Discipline Problems

“Is it possible to teach a lesson so effectively that the need for corrective feedback is nearly eliminated?” The answer is YES – if we employ Say, See, Do Teaching. With Say, See, Do Teaching, the heart of any lesson is a series of Say, See, Do Cycles in which we tell and show the students what to do next and then put them to work doing it before they forget. As they...

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...

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...

July 3, 2017

Incentives Teach Lessons

Starting versus Stopping Behavior

Behavior management is conceptually simple. There are only two things you can do with a behavior. You can increase it, or you can decrease it. If you consistently increase the behaviors you want and consistently decrease the behaviors you do not want, sooner or later you will be left with what you want.

In the next several articles we will fo...

May 5, 2017

“In my methods courses I learned what I should be doing,

but they never taught me how to do it.”

New Teacher Trainee

Focus on Classroom Management

Everybody is talking about student engagement – the new frontrunner in the buzzword sweepstakes. But how do you make it happen? With high-stakes testing, this is no longer just the teachers’ problem. It is the administrators’ problem as well.

To create stude...

March 4, 2017

Having Fun with Responsibility Training

In the last month's blog we learned how to use Preferred Activity Time (PAT) and Hurry-up Bonuses to reduce wasted time in the classroom. We mentioned that the two main types of PATs are enrichment activities and learning games.

In this segment we will give you some specific ideas. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to generate preferred activities...

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...

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May 1, 2020

Staying Sharp While at Home
We've all had to make some serious adjustments lately, but when it comes to school, "The show must go on." Many of you are...

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