We are living in a world where mediocrity is a goal that is not reached by the masses. If you are in my age group (went to school in the 70’s and 80s) and grew up in a big city like I did (NYC), you may remember a time when excellence was defined and attainable. A high school diploma was something you got just because. Most of us did not have to be forced to attend school because only the thugs, bums, junkies and drug dealers hung out in the streets during the day. If you were not trying to be one of them, you went to school!
When you were in class, there was always a kid who pushed the teacher’s limits. He or she was the class clown. At most you had two of these individuals in your class. Even though this kid may be funny at times, the class usually kept him/her in check. If he/she was too disturbing the other students would tell the class clown to relax or be quiet so they could get their work done.
Nowadays, students have scientific calculators, Internet access and after school programs and tutors in the school building. Most students do not know that an English report may be called a term paper because it used to take a whole term to do. Everything is easier but students are not doing better. Now, the culture of the classroom is very different. There are more “wanna be” clowns in over crowded classes now and most students do not challenge them to calm down or be quiet. They simply enjoy the show. Fights erupt in the hall and in the classrooms on a regular basis. The fights are now captured on cell phones and broadcast on YouTube. Teachers are forced to employ real disciplinary measures just to teach their classes. If they are not successful, they leave the profession, or worse they stay and become extremely ineffective.
For these and many other reasons, many schools are not reaching the average yearly progress (AYP) that has been established by the government. In addition, many good teachers are leaving due to the fact that they cannot teach the years curriculum due to disciplinary issues. What can we do?
I do not think that I have the answer to every problem in education, but I do know how we can start to take schools back to a time where education occurred more than violence, where technology can be used to make kids smarter instead of making them lazy. Most teachers will tell you that classroom management and discipline is the key to raising AYP scores and improving teacher retention rates. So where do we get these skills?
I am a High School Mathematics Teacher who presents Time to Teach Seminars. These seminars expose teachers to a variety of strategies that can eliminate 80-90% of all low-level discipline issues. If low-level issues are addressed it makes it harder for higher level actions to occur. This actually creates more time to teach (hence the name!). If a teacher has less discipline issues, more learning can occur. If more learning occurs, test scores improve! In addition, less discipline problems equals less referrals which translates to less student in the principal’s office. This means the principal can concentrate on other improvements in the school building.
Our seminars are based on methodologies of successful educators and many schools have seen a significant and consistent change in their school culture after having a seminar at their school. In a typical training teachers will learn:
1) Self-Control strategies, which will help them to “Remain Calm and Respond Right” every time.
2) All of the Teach-To philosophy and strategies, which will help set them and their children up for peak performance.
3) The Unconditional Positive Regard philosophy and strategies which will help them establish connections with all children.
4) Classroom arrangement ideas that actually influence learning and behavior.
5) REFOCUS review philosophy and strategies which will guarantee that a teacher can “stay out of the tornado” and never again find themselves giving multiple warnings and repeated requests.
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