It’s amazing to hear principals proclaim that teachers either have “it” or they don’t when it comes to classroom management.
The hot topic in sports these days is the “It Factor”. Talking heads go on and on about whether a player or coach has “It”, defined as the inborn, unteachable ability to lead a team to greatness.
There is a similar trend in education these days with the “It” being defined as one’s ability to manage or acquire the basic behaviors that are needed for success in the classroom. Given everything that Carol Dweck has done to help us understand the importance of a growth mindset, it’s amazing to hear principals proclaim that teachers either have “it” or they don’t when it comes to classroom management. To hear teachers profess that they most definitely have “it” right before complaining about incorrigible students. To hear educators in general claiming that students either have “it” or they don’t when it comes to behavior.
Our education system has become so focused on data that we’ve forgotten that the very foundation upon which the learning scaffold must rest is an awareness of and an ongoing education in the basic behaviors that each student must have to be successful in the classroom.
We throw money at professional development to help teachers become better at delivering content without giving training them how to assertively manage and lead their classroom in a way that teaches and fosters the basic behaviors all their students need to effectively receive the information. Behavior is not a fixed point, it’s not an “It” factor.
Behavior is learned and “It” can change. The “It” in education must be a continuous, systemic focus on teaching and encouraging the basic behaviors students need to succeed and without “It”, we all fail.
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Rusty May is a Classroom Whisperer who thrives to inspire educators to connect more completely with all their students by training them to be assertive classroom managers and positive disciplinarians. In 2002 Rusty created SchoolToolsTv.Com, a daily SEL show that reaches 25k Students per day. His inspiration are his wife and their two children.
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