This week I am back and so excited to be back with my amazing PLN. I have been away for the past 3 weeks of #whatisschool and have been in Sydney, Australia, working in schools and running workshops and sessions with staff and students. It has been an extremely busy and rewarding experience.
This week I am joined by the incredible Paul Solarz who is a truly inspiring educator that thousands of people (including myself) look up to for ideas and inspiration. He is the author of Learn Like a Pirate and made it to the top 50 teachers in the annual Global Teacher Prize awards. He is well respected in the area of engaging students in learning and redefining what behavior management is. I am honored to have him join me to lead the #whatisschool discussion this week.
The term ‘behavior management‘ is thrown around all too often and tonight at #whatisschool we will explore what it means and how we can redefine this to make a difference in schools. I am a huge believer in reducing behavior ‘issues’ by engaging students in learning and I often say that if I have behavior issues in my class, the first person I need to look at is myself!
Tonight #whatisschool looks at how we can redefine behavior management and what we can do to better engage students in learning.
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Questions #whatisschool, October 29, 2015 7PM EDT
1) What does the term ‘behavior management’ mean to you?
2) Why do students misbehave? What are the causes?
3) What are some strategies teachers use to improve student behavior in the classroom?
4) What role can teaching empathy, responsibility, citizenship and respect play in regard to classroom management?
5) How can teachers create classroom environments where students are no longer managed, but empowered to make decisions freely?
6) What will you do to make this a reality in your classroom / school? What are your next steps?