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Jun 10

Redirecting Student Behavior

It is now nearly mid-June and your 2013-2014 school year has come to an end or is very close to that status.  Congratulations!  The time to take a break from the daily school routines should (operative term here) provide you with opportunities to relax, review and begin planning for the next school year.

Schools, for many reasons, face the influx of new teachers when the new school year begins. New staff bring new levels of teaching experience from zero to several years. It is, of course, your responsibility to guide and and direct new staff to the appropriate levels of instructional performannce and sound classroom management techniques. You recognize that between the past two items, instruction and management, teachers must master both to provide a positive and effective learning environment.  New teachers, as you most surely have discovered, do not always have a mastery of both.

Principals who will/do work with inexperienced staff often find that management of student behavior is the more challenging task to deal with than curriculum planning and implementation. It is generally certain that a new teacher’s failure to grasp student attention for learning and behavior for classroom control is a recipe for failure.  This is where you step in to coach and assist your teacher who is need.

One blog that you may wish to share with new staff will provide them with a simple procedure to help them adjust to their new classroom experiences is listed below.  The blog posted earlier this year by David Ginsburg entitled “Redirect Student Behavior With I and Why” should be of great assistance.  It is a simple, direct commentary that a new teacher can review and adapt the recommended processes and with practice, find that it helps. You may access the blog at: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/coach_gs_teaching_tips/2014/01/redirect_student_behavior_with_i_and_why.html