Like many, I have searched for a type of work that I could see myself doing for life and up until my 28th birthday, I had very little success in finding it.
His behaviour led exclusions from school and a referral to a behaviour unit. He still attends his mainstream School management system in the afternoons. At the behaviour unit his behaviour has improved. He remains very egocentric but doesn’t present any real problems. This is because at the unit the behaviour isn’t allowed to become unacceptable because of the use of effective behaviour management strategies. Situations are dealt with immediately at a very low level and not allowed to escalate.
SPEAK IN CODE. How will you signal that students should be silent, return from breakout groups, or listen for instructions? Instead of yelling over the students, and thus adding to the hubbub, develop a code to signal that you want your students’ attention. Counting backwards from 5 to 1, ringing a bell, turning down the lights, or issuing a call-and-response clap are some tried and true methods to refocus your group.
You don’t need any fancy operating hardware to make this possible, just a stable internet connection. You can depend on the online Student management system software to do the rest.
Imagine this scenario. You wake up with great energy. You have a quick drink of water then work out for 30 minutes or go for your morning run. Then shower and breakfast, then off to your office.
You must set up a calendar of each month with activities that you will do to bring in new students. Then you must set up specific times of the day where you plan to do the tasks. Finally, you must actually do them.
Putting this system in place can be very rewarding, because it brings the family closer together as a team, and everyone understands each other better. Whether or not you actually stick with the system for the long haul will depend on how successful you were at getting your family’s buy-in. So plan this carefully, and be sure to have a system that periodically rewards good behavior. It worked for my family and I’m sure it can for yours too.