Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #101
EFFECTIVE LUNCHROOM STRATEGIES PART XII
EAT IN THE DANGER ZONE
You know where the most obnoxious kids in your lunchroom are. Go eat with them. Spending a lot of time eating, conversing and having fun with the kids most likely to exhibit negative behaviors is the easiest and most stress-free way of stopping behaviors before they start.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #102
EFFECTIVE LUNCHROOM STRATEGIES PART XIII
COVER YOUR EARS INSTEAD OF ADDING TO THE USELESS NOISE
Instead of telling kids to be quiet, try getting eye contact from a loud student, looking annoyed, covering your ears, and walking away. This can give the student the message that they are being too loud, that you know that they will quiet down, and that you know that they are smart enough to change the behavior without you telling them to change the behavior.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #103
GO OUT OF YOUR WAY
One of the best ways to build a relationship with a student is to stop what you are doing and start talking to him about something related to his life. When we stop one thing to give attention to a student it sends the message that, not only is the kid important, but that kid is MORE import ant than the thing that you were just doing. This may be the first time a student has ever had an adult do this for him.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #104
OFFER A CARROT AT THE END OF THE DAY… NO STICK NECESSARY
“We will play____ when everyone is ready” is a way better to get your students to be quiet, clean and in their seats by the end of the day than, “I SAID BE QUIET!!!!” One is enforceable and polite. The other is unenforceable and rude.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #105
EFFECTIVE TRANSITIONS PART I
SET EXPECTATIONS ONCE…PER YEAR
It will never cease to amaze me how we insult kids’ intelligence by giving “clear expectations” over and over again. One time on the first day of school, tell students that you dismiss kids to line up or to come to the carpet when everyone at their team is silently seated at a clean table. NEVER SAY THIS AGAIN.