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How can I motivate a class of students with behavior issues to be independent?

Mar 19, 2016 11:42am

I am feeling discouraged in my first year of implementing the Daily 5. It's March and my students are still not independent when I'm working with small groups. I look around the room and see behavior issues everywhere. We have "started over" with the Daily 5 implementation routine almost every three weeks. They do great for the first day, then slip away quickly. My students are still not writing, using word work centers correctly and using reading to someone strategies correctly. These are things we have modeled and talked about time and time again. I am constantly modeling, students are modeling the correct way to do things. I will model how to not do things and we will talk about how that's not independent. I'm looking for ways to motivate them to take charge of their learning.

  • English Language Arts
  • 1
  • Behavior


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    • Mar 26, 2016 8:43am
      • May 4, 2016 7:55pm

        This aspect of teaching any # of students of any age, any subject is so challenging. Anyone who has ever taught, even in 1-1 situations, has very likely had that drowning feeling. Thankfully, I had some wise mentors who taught me the idea of how to "catch the students being good" which is a way of using positive reinforcement to transform any situation. The key is to change your perspective and then the rest will fall into place. It simply involves focusing attention on the positive. The idea is that whatever you give attention to will increase, and to ignore anything you want to eliminate. I would start with the lessons on the first day of a new week. Basically, When ready, provide instructions and expectations, being sure to clearly identify what specific skills are important. Then conduct the lesson as usual. However, during this time, identify the names of 3-4 students who are doing well in a specific way. List both the names and the specifics of the skill. You don't want to create a situation of making the rest of the class feel inferior so, at the end of the lesson, leave some time to first make a positive comment to the whole class about working well that day. Then, make a point of mentioning that u noticed several students who did particularly well with some aspect of that day's assignment. Then briefly identify each student by name and compliment them on that skill and basically close on a positive note. Do this process every day and you will find that there will be an increase in positive performance in general. You could really take it to another level by keeping track of each day's names and at the end of the week find a way to let those students earn a reward Such as earning a special privilege Or even a night of no homework. Eventually, you should see a change in the whole class and instead of a few names, eventually the whole class can earn something at the end of the week. I've had whole groups transform with this type of approach and it has the benefit of becoming more positive immediately. Good Luck! Rhonda