Later that first week out of school, along with a number of other NSE folks, I attended the SC Midlands Technology Summit. You can read more about my experience at the summit in a previous post below.
In the session about student behavior, I was reminded that consequences without reinforcement and support for learning does not change behaviors. Students need to feel successful and safe in their school environments. When they feel uncomfortable either academically and or socially, their behaviors can change for the worse. If they do mess up, they need to know that it is a teaching moment, that a natural consequence may be necessary, and that they have your support (the teacher) after the fact or when they return to your classroom. Too often, students feel like they cannot return to class without ridicule or a chance to be successful. Therefore, they continue to mess up because this has become their reputation and they are successful at the negative behavior.
What a great start to a summer of learning and reflection. I am already looking forward to the start of a new school year. Please share your professional development opportunities on the Google Docs form.
Continue to have a fun and safe summer!
Leaders of Their Own Learning (Dr. H's reflections)
The Power of Protocols (Dr. H's reflections)