Create Community Building Opportunities
Treat Your Classroom Like a Community
Honor the Positive
Consider Explicit Instruction
In one classroom I worked with, the students had lost their routines and procedures and it was causing a lot of chaos and disengagement for the class. In response, the teacher and I rearranged the furniture over the weekend and had a pretend "first day of school." The class spent the day learning about processes and procedures again. Amazingly, the loved it and thought it was so fun! In another class I worked with, the students lacked conflict resolution skills. I taught a conflict resolution lesson then created an agreement with the class to follow the conflict resolution steps. It really worked and the kids were able to *more* independently problem solve on their own.
What are your go to tips for helping classrooms that have gotten off-track socially and emotionally? I want to expand my list!