As a para I often am conflicted as to what my role in behavior management is. I try not to undermine the teacher and disturb the flow of the lesson. However, I also have low tolerance for disruptive behaviors in the classroom. I like the quote on page 87 that “Type doesn’t explain everything”. My basic rule is check and what else is going on-lack of sleep, parents splitting up or lack of breakfast can contribute to the defiant behavior. Once I get a handle then I can redirect to get the work done. I have used the suggestions of asking a question instead of saying sit down and that seems to work. The student became more engaged and started to participate in a more positive way. It turned a potentially nasty interchange into a positive one.I work with students on a more one to one ratio and that gives me a chance to adjust the assignment in a study hall- work for 1/2 hour, five minute walk- or adjust the number of problems to do; odds or evens works well too. Making a list of expectations also works- limits the frustration of getting it completed. Alot of what I do during the course of a day is putting out fires!
- Final Paper finished TWO whole days early…am I really still a P??? February 15, 2016
- Reflection February 13, 2016
- Classroom Management February 13, 2016
- Classroom Management February 10, 2016
- Unit plan using Graphic organizer (The Four Learning Styles) February 10, 2016