A Quick Tip Link

http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1410906537

The webpage listed above is the Love & Logic online Insider’s club email that anyone can subscribe to  There are weekly tips for anyone interested in experimenting with some of the techniques.  Priceless information for educators or parents.

I gotta feelin’…

As a former Art, Computer, Gifted and Talented teacher and coach of students K-12, I have a unique background with many different types of students and classroom environments.  After taking my position as principal eight years ago, it became apparent to me early in my career that there are some basic steps to help with development of a new teacher.  Due to the economy, our school district hires many young first year teachers to save money.   This means many hours of collaboration for me as the supervisor.  In Iowa, we have eight teaching standards with 42 criteria, which are used in the evaluation of teacher performance.  New teacher graduates are issued an initial teaching license until they complete two year of mentoring and an evaluative process with the principal.  The principal then makes a determination if the individual is competent and must sign off on the individual for them to get a standard teaching license.  I gotta feelin’…that the stakes are pretty high for teachers in Iowa!

My theory after working with so many first and second year teachers are that the routines that are established in the first two years will determine how successful they are in the classroom and in their teaching career. Classroom Management seems to be one of the keys to building a successful career.  Content knowledge comes first, of course, but establishing positive classroom routines for students comes second.  My belief is that every teacher needs to create an environment that promotes trust, safety, and predictability for both teacher and students. Every time a student challenges our authority it is a teachable moment.  Teaching is a profession that enables us to share knowledge.  Public schools take all students as they are.  We don’t choose who comes to us.  By law we are required to give ALL students access and the opportunity to learn. I gotta feelin’…every student is important!

Is it personal?  Sometimes, but should we really take it that personal when maybe we can use student challenges as a teachable moment to create understanding of expectations?   Never assume a student knows the rules.  It is a fatal mistake of any classroom teacher. I gotta feelin’…every year is a new year and we start all over with a new group of kids!

We are NOT in control of what a student does…but we can control HOW WE REACT to what a student does.  We don’t do our students any favors if we try to “control” their behavior.  As Jim Fay, founder of Love & Logic says, “If you get into a pissing match with a skunk (student), you never win.”  What battle do you want to have?  Sometimes student need time to PRACTICE appropriate behaviors because it is new learning for them. Assuming that students should “know better” at any age, sets up any level of teacher to be disappointed with student behavior. It becomes a lost opportunity for a teachable moment.  I gotta a feeling… kids need a lot of practice!

A Top 10 List of why to use HAWK’S PRIDE

A Top 10 List of why to use HAWK’S PRIDE

10.            You will have specific research-based strategies to resolve any classroom situation.  All three systems have researched-based strategies.

Success 4/Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) http://www.nasponline.org/resources/factsheets/pbs_fs.aspx

Deals with working with staff to set specific expectations for student behavior called the “Common Area Plans” These expectations are listed and shared with students and parents at the beginning of the school year.

Love & Logic

EFFECTS OF THE 9 ESSENTIALS SKILLS FOR THE LOVE AND LOGIC

This links give you a PDF document that outlines the concept of Love & Logic originated by Jim Fay.  The skills are tools for the staff and parents to use with kids.  It gives you the tools WHEN student do not meet expectations set in the classroom or school environment.

Olweus Anti-Bullying program

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Frequently Asked Questions

This link answers frequently asked questions about Olweus Anti-Bullying Program

9.            You will have the tools to create and manage a positive class environment

Each program gives new and veteran teachers a systematic way to deal with student behavior.  Once the expectations for your classroom are shared with students and parents (PBS); then, you can use your classroom rules to refer to WHEN students begin to “test the water.” Building a relationship with the students is KEY.

8.            You will have the team support of staff including administration

The combination of the three programs requires TEAMWORK.  You cannot manage the system alone.  It is encouraged that you collaborate with other staff that are dealing with the same student(s). When students “test the water” DELAY THE CONSEQUESNCES” by saying, “ Hmm… that is not our classroom expectations.  I will need to do something, but not right now.  Can you get it together or do you need to be away from the group?  I will get back to you about what I am going to do, but don’t worry about it.”  Walk away…

Now, you have time to think and collaborate with another classroom teacher, counselor or principal who also knows the student(s).  Use only enforceable statements (something you will do). Sincere empathy is also necessary to show students and parents that you really care as you follow through on consequences.

7.            You will feel empowered by the systematic nature of the system

The beauty of the combination of PBS/Success 4, Love & Logic, and Olweus is that all three work together.  PBS/Success 4 lay out the expectations, Love & Logic gives the adults a systematic way to deal with students WHEN they cause problems, and Olweus empowers the students and adults with clear definitions and words to deal with inappropriate behaviors between students.

6.            You will have a better relationship with students, staff, and parents

One of the first strategies with all the programs is building relationships.  Put a face to a name.  Get to know your students. Use “I noticed…” statements that point out what students are doing correctly.  Building trust with students, staff and parents helps “close the holes.”  Children can play one adult with another if there isn’t good communication at the beginning… It is about teamwork, because working together we can do what is best for kids.

 

5.            The documentation will keep you out of losing a lawsuit

Proper documentation of situations in the school setting is key to keeping your name and the principal off of lawsuits involving students.  Communication to parents and administration early about situations that could be misinterpreted helps everyone deal with a situation before the student gets home. Document, document, document…

4.            You will go home knowing, you have done your best

Having a system with specific strategies that includes using a team helps build the confidence that you have done your best with kids.  It allows you to go home and have a life outside the school, no regrets.

3.            The stress and tension that keeps you from “teaching” will be relieved.

Without good classroom management and a plan for dealing with difficult students; teaching becomes secondary.  Being a facilitator for student learning is the goal. Teacher and students creating and managing a safe environment ultimately would be ideal for sharing the wealth of information instructors have to offer.

2.            It is what is best for kids

Routines at any age give students comfort.  Knowing expectations set by the teacher/class creates an environment of predictability for the teacher and the students.  Many students come through our doors lacking the skills of coping with the challenges (NOT problems) of life.  Creating an environment with trust and caring members in a class gives kids what they need.

1.              It works!!

Mandating relationships with students and parents doesn’t work.  Experiment with some of the basic techniques to change the feeling within the school environment/classroom.  Start small and do it well. Build relationships, be clear with expectations with no surprises, keep it positive and notice students doing things right, follow through when needed, and communicate with staff and parents. Document everything.  It is what is best for kids.

Love & Logic

 

Love and Logic® is a method of working with students which was developed by educational expert Jim Fay, child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline, M.D. and Charles Fay, Ph.D. Love and Logic has many tools for educators, principals and districts that promote healthy parent/teacher and teacher/student relationships and positive school wide discipline. And yes, Love and Logic works along with all other school discipline programs. It actually makes them work better!

Love and Logic helps educators, administrators, and counselors:

  • Set limits in the classroom without anger
  • Provide underachievers hope and willingness when the going gets tough
  • Raise the odds for kids to stay in school
  • Build strong connections between home and school
  • Improve attendance
  • Manage disruptive students
  • Make teaching and learning more fun and productive
  • Immediately handle disruptive students
  • Get and keep students’ attention
  • Build positive student-teacher relationships
  • Help students own and solve their own problems
  • Bully proof children, diffuse power struggles, and handle difficult people

It works because:

  • When adults take care of themselves, they hand the problem back to the student who created it.
  • When the student has to solve the problem, they have to think.
  • When students have to think, they learn that decisions have consequences.
  • When students have to deal with consequences, they learn to think.
  • When we allow the student to deal with the consequences, they learn to think before they cause a problem.
  • When the student learns to ask themselves, “How is my behavior going to affect me?” they have learned self control.

The following is what is posted in every elementary classroom and the offices to help student focus their attention on being successful.

HOW I RUN MY LOVE & LOGIC CLASSROOM

“I will treat you with respect so you will know how to treat me.”

“Feel free to do anything that doesn’t cause a problem for anyone else.”

“If you can’t solve the problem or choose not to, I will do something.”

“What I will do will depend on the special person and the special situation.”

“If you feel something is unfair, whisper to me ‘I’m not sure that’s fair’ and we will talk.”

Love & Logic Approach Key Concepts

  • The goal is to put teachers in control of instruction & empower students to make wise & responsible choices & decisions
  • Teaches kids to think for themselves
  • Increase the level of student responsibility
  • Prepares students to function effectively in a society filled with temptations, decisions & consequences.

Principles of Love & Logic

•To enhance student self-concept by nurturing behavioral competence & responsibility

•To encourage student control, thinking & making wise choices

•To hold students accountable for their choices & decisions & help them learn problem solving by using empathy & logical consequences.

Olweus Anti-Bullying Prevention Program

What is BULLYING?

This year North Fayette Elementary Schools have adopted the following definition of bullying from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. All of our students and teachers are continuing to learn and use this definition. We are asking parents and our community to learn this definition, so we may all have a common language of what bullying is.

Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.

Bullying can take many forms such as hitting, name calling, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the internet – this is just to name a few.

Our elementary schools are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for all children to learn. Together we can build strong, educated and happy kids!

North Fayette Elementary / Junior Middle School

1. We will not bully others.

2. We will help students who are bullied.

3. We will include students who are left out.

4. We will tell an adult at school and an adult at home if we know that somebody is being bullied.

Elements of Success

Respect

A respectful student…

Follows directions promptly.

Listens attentively when others speak.

Accepts decisions of those in authority.

Keeps a neat personal appearance.

Accepts correction calmly.

Tolerates differences in others.

Honors confidentiality.

Responsibility

A responsible student…

Attends school each day and is on time.

Brings materials to class.

Uses learning time wisely, stays on task.

Does their best.

Completes and returns work on time.

Asks for help when needed.

Reports facts and events truthfully.

Admits mistakes and strives to do better.

Cooperation

A cooperative student…

Participates in class and school activities.

Shares and takes turns.

Contributes to group projects.

Works hard even when difficult.

Recognizes the efforts of others.

Solves disagreements calmly.

Asks permission.

Keeps a positive attitude.

Caring

A caring student…

Smiles and greets others.

Compliments and encourages classmates.

Thanks those who are kind or helpful.

Apologizes when wrong.

Forgives those who make mistakes.

Volunteers to help others.

Makes requests politely by saying “please”.

Speaks kindly about others.

The elements listed above are the words teachers use to reach all students at all ages with weekly lessons.  Using routine to learn the elements, help even the youngest students to be successful.

HAWK’S PRIDE

At North Fayette Community School District our elementary schools are located at Hawkeye and West Union, IA.  Within our two schools we have a wide range of students including preschool to 6th grade.

We take great pride to create a safe and caring environment for all students to learn.  Beginning 2011-12 school year, we will be using HAWK’S PRIDE as our theme for the three strands of our character education programs:

Success 4-Elements of Success

Love & Logic

Olweus Anti-Bullying Program

Each piece of HAWK’S PRIDE works together to give students, staff and parents clear expectations with a common language of words and strategies  to deal with student behaviors.