You’re not losing your behaviour momentum, it just needs more attention like any good relationship. (…) All you need to do is take a little time each day to talk about and teach to your expected behaviors.

“Dear Classroom Whisperer:

We’ve been in school for a little over a month now and I have a question about keeping the behavior momentum moving in the right direction. We started off the year talking about rules, expectations and consequences and we practiced perfect like you taught us to at the Professional Development training you did for our staff before school started.

All the kids were really into it at first but about a week ago, we started to see a lot more of the low-level, off-task stuff rearing it’s head again. I feels like the honeymoon’s over and I’d like to know what I need to be doing to get my class back on track.

Mr. S., Losing It in LA.

Dear Mr. S:

I’ll start by assuring you that you’re not losing your behaviour momentum, it just needs more attention like any good relationship. At the training, I said that in order to make the changes we’re talking about permanent, we needed to teach behavior as a core subject, just like math, reading and science. What you’re experiencing with behavior is the same thing that would happen to your math results if you taught a lesson once or twice at the beginning of the year and then didn’t come back to it on a regular basis.

All you need to do is take a little time each day to talk about and teach to your expected behaviors. A great way to do that is to start your day with a morning meeting that includes watching that days’ SchoolToosTv video with your kids and talking about any issues you’re having and how we, as a class, are going to work on reducing those issues going forward. Take time each Monday to have the class practice your rule/procedure routines to make sure they’re fresh in the minds as you begin the week.

If they start to slip during the week, take a little more time to practice. Any time you use now to reinforce your behavioral expectations will come back to you 10 fold in the months to come because these low-level, time wasting annoyances won’t be happening nearly as much. The honeymoon may be over but with a little practice and attention, the relationship your building with your class will grow stronger and so will your results. Thanks so much for your question and for all you do everyday to give our kids the skills they need to really succeed. Have a great year and stay in touch and let me know how things are going.

Thanks so much for your question and for all you do everyday to give our kids the skills they need to really succeed. Have a great year and stay in touch and let me know how things are going.

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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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