Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #126
IGNORING EXPLAINED, PART III: VISUAL SWEEPS
In order to not give attention to attention-seeking behaviors, we keep our back to the student as much as possible while noticing positive behaviors elsewhere. In order to effectively monitor without giving attention to this student, try using visual sweeps. When you use a visual sweep, you give attention to a positive behavior and then sweep your line of vision through the attention-seeker without stopping. You then give attention to someone or something on the other side of your sweep.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #127
IGNORING EXPLAINED, PART IV: PERIPHERAL MONITORING
In order to not give attention to attention-seeking behaviors, we keep our back to the student as much as possible while noticing positive behaviors elsewhere. In order to effectively monitor without giving attention to this student, try monitoring with your peripheral vision. The best way to do so is stand or sit so that the kid in question is as far in your periphery as possible while still being able to see him. Again, make sure that you are still teaching or and/or giving attention to kids who are exhibiting positive behaviors while keeping your person of interest solidly in your peripheral vision.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #128
DEFAULT TO CONSEQUENCES
Whenever you feel like there are negative behaviors happening in your classroom that just can’t continue if you are going to keep your sanity and the kid in question is going to stay out of prison, just try to relax and let the kids know that you are sad and that you will be dealing with all of this later when it is more convenient for you.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #129
CHECK YOUR DIET
I used to become very easy to anger, even when my procedures, strategies and skills were spot-on. It turned out I was hypoglycemic. Don’t overlook your diet as a possible source of agitation and stress. Make sure to have a balanced snack (good carbs and protein) in the middle of the morning and afternoon.
Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #130
LEAVE SOME WORK UNDONE
We have all run from the copier room with four more things to do in the three minutes before the kids arrive. As a way of shifting your paradigm, just as an experiment, just today, don’t do those last three things. Instead, get some coffee and read a book for the last four minutes. When you are not ready to teach part of your lesson, explain to your students that you ran out of time. Look up. Notice that the sky did not fall. Notice whether or not your day was better or worse because of this small tweak in your priorities.