During meltdowns, we, as teachers, tend to revert to trying to talk kids out of their melt downs. Why on earth, when we use pictures during instruction for students, and give them visuals galore, do we STOP using them when they are in crisis mode!? We think we can talk them into stopping their melt downs. I’ll let you in on a secret to some- Visuals HELP! Even if we know that our kiddos can understand our words, visuals help to register the action, and many students are able to comprehend pictures before they can receptively understand and follow our words. I could go on and on honestly! But I’ll stop right here. J
Classroom wide management plans should be the foundation of your classroom. You can use clip charts, a token economy, behavior economy, any type of system where you are recognizing good behavior and providing a reinforcement for that good behavior across the classroom.Here’s an example of a token board:
WHAT we say matters. HOW we say it matters. HOW we react the situations in the classroom matters. If a student only hears, “NO, STOP, DON’T” how do they know what they should be doing?
That’s why we are in this profession. We want to be the difference makers in our student’s lives. We want all the work and interventions that we pour in to them to MATTER. So it makes sense that it starts with us.