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Homegrown PBIS videos

My colleague Michael Kennedy promotes the creation of what he calls “homegrown videos” for helping explain appropriate behavior to students. They’re a fun way to get across the concepts associated with positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). As Professor Kennedy explains in the caption, this is one of a series; they all use the PBIS language and concepts, but have student-view humor.

Bus Expectations: John Glenn HS from Michael Kennedy on Vimeo.

This video on appropriate behavior on the bus is one video in a series by Jacob Toarmina and his classmates from John Glenn High School in Michigan. This video was submitted by Deanna Strong, also from JGHS.

The others in this series are about classroom expectations, arrival and departure, cafeteria expectations, and hallway expectations. There are series of videos from other schools, as well. As one might suspect, they focus on the usual issues in schools (see situations just listed) and they have the usual themes for PBIS (e.g., respect, responsibility…).

There is even an Annual PBIS Film Festival at the national PBIS convention; schools submit videos they’ve created and people vote on which ones are the best examples in various categories (e.g., funniest, best music, best teaching of expectations, and so forth).

If you want to learn more, visit Professor Kennedy’s PBIS videos site, his Vimeo site where I snagged the movie here, or the section of Vimeo that is dedicated to PBIS videos. Of course, one can jump to the PBIS.org site (it’s over there is the sidebar, available any time).

Precision Teaching conference pending

The 2010 International Precision Teaching Conference will be held in Seattle (WA, US) 4-6 November 2010. Sponsored by the Standard Celeration Society, a group that promotes the use of systematic data collection procedures and objective analysis of instructional practices, the conference promises to have lots of reports that will appeal to readers of Behavior Mod. There will be special rates for students, excellent presentations, lots of chances for interaction with knowledgable folks. Check it out!

Where: Holiday Inn, 211 Dexter Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109—Hotel Front Desk: 1-206-728-8123 | Hotel Fax: 1-206-728-2779 (Group Reservation Code: Morningside
When: 4-6 November 2010
Registration: See the Celeration.org page pointing to the Paypal form for the registration link!

Illustration of managing well

I came across an entry in a middle school teacher’s blog that provides a good illustration of how to manage a classroom learning environment. Ellen Berg, who has taught mostly English and communication arts (but, also shop and pre-calculus) at Turner Middle in a racially isolated part of St. Louis (MO, US) where most of her students receive free or reduced-price meals, tells the story of how she revised her classroom management system.

Similarly, last Monday was a new beginning for my students and me in our classroom. After hearing Harry Wong at the NMSA convention, I knew that I had neglected spending enough time setting up the routines and procedures in my classroom. As a result, I was frequently short-tempered and impatient with my students, and they responded accordingly. This was especially true with my “difficult” after-lunch class. Behaviors were becoming increasingly negative with every consequence I threw at them. It wasn’t working.

The problems that I identified in my classroom were:

1. The level of noise during group work.
2. My difficulty getting the whole class’s attention during group work.
3. Social behaviors when they sat at desk tables instead of straight rows.
4. Students out of their seats at inappropriate times.
5. Lack of focus during mini-lessons.
6. Demonstrating readiness to get on task.

These problems are common ones for teachers everywhere. Some accept it as a natural result of teaching middle school children. I, however, refused to believe that these problems couldn’t be solved.

Ms. Berg goes on to explain her solutions. Mostly, they are simple, commonsense procedures, but they fit quite well with my perspective on classroom management. Read the post to see how Ms. Berg skillfully identified specific goals, demonstrated and explained to her students how to behave appropriately, provided extensive practice for them, and calmly reinforced the students’ adherence to the classroom procedures.

I plan to use her post as an illustration in my teacher education course on classroom management. It has authenticity and clarity that I think make it compelling.

Link to Ms. Berg’s entry.

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