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1 What can we do in the Classroom? Terry W. Neu, Ph. D.

2 Using Humor Forms a bridge between the adult/student De-mystifies individual Enhances relationship building Reduces tension Provide effective modeling Is fun Demonstrates caring

3 Other considerations about humor It should be an integral facet of the classroom Avoid sarcasm Set boundaries on appropriate humor Know your students and the culture

4 William Glassers Choice Theory and five basic needs Survival Love and Belonging Power Freedom Fun

5 Survival Provide opportunities for students to get food, water, fresh air, and having living things in the environment or open windows. Maintain behavior guidelines that support safety and respect Develop consistent classroom procedures and routines that add to a sense of order and security

6 Love and Belonging Learn each students name as soon as possible, and engage students in activities that help them learn one anothers name. Greet all students as they enter your door Regularly engage students in team building Teach students how to work cooperatively Conduct classroom meetings Smile

7 Power Give students a voice in the classroom Consider student questions as direction for the curriculum Teach to variety of learning styles Discuss the relevance of the curriculum Use authentic assessments

8 Freedom Choices in their seating Choices in the members of their groups Choices in types of assignments, topics, and readings Allow for performance tasks for assessment

9 Fun Play academic games Use dramatic representations and simulations Engage student with HOTS or brain teasers Use adventure based Technology Participate in competitions

10 Some basic findings (Hoover and Kindsvatter, 1997) Good classroom management is achieved through sound judgment grounded in an informed belief system Misbehavior happens in every classroom The nature of learning may require noise A teaching style devoid of a sense of humor and grounded in an adversarial posture is destined to failure

11 Some basic findings (Hoover and Kindsvatter, 1997) Reasonable consequences serve the student, mindless punishment is in the ineffective in the long run Teachers should be as informed as possible about their students backgrounds Assignments should be purposeful The teachers role is a combination of authority and leadership

12 When faced with a problem here are some questions to ask yourself: What is the problem? Are you willing to try a different approach? Are you consistent in your response? Are you rewarding the desired behaviors? Are your expectations and demands appropriate for the students ability?

13 When faced with a problem here are some questions to ask yourself: Are you tolerant enough of students individuality? Are you providing instruction that is useful? Are you inviting verbal comments and new ideas? What do you want your student to look like when they leave your class?

14 When faced with a problem here are some questions to ask yourself: Can you articulate what your students are doing what they are doing in classroom? What behavior bother you and why? What are some possible solutions? How do you plan to solve the problem?

15 Fifteen points to remember to be a successful classroom manager: Dont take it personality Maintain a sense of humor Be consistent Mean what you say Know your students Establish clearly stated procedures and routines

16 Fifteen points to remember to be a successful classroom manager: Have high expectations Communicate expectations Establish four or five rules Stress the deed, not the doer Establish a mission statement

17 Fifteen points to remember to be a successful classroom manager: Have a plan that you can articulate Have the courage of your convictions Have a clear set of personal ideals Have students establish personal goals


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