Good teaching of behavior, just like academic instruction, involves more than just telling. Engaging students in coming up with appropriate behavior expectations for themselves will go a lot further than simply teaching the rules. In this Edutopia spotlight, see how Ester Park, New Teacher Mentor and Gifted and Talented Enrichment Teacher, recently engaged her students in a discussion around expected behaviors for a field trip by asking them to “plan” bad behavior. She starts by asking them to imagine purposely misbehaving, discussing the rationale for establishing expectations (considering the impact of their actions on others), and how to prevent the problem behavior from occurring. Follow her lead in this reverse thinking exercise and watch the difference it makes by providing students more ownership in the process. Be sure to read the suggestions for using reverse thinking in core content areas.
Involving Students in Establishing Behavior Expectations
Wednesday, February 28, 2018