New Teacher News- Managing Student Behavior- October 2012

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October 2012—Managing Student Behavior

Managing student behavior, positive or negative, can be a formidable task.  There never seems to be one sure fire trick to reward great students or deal with inappropriate choices.  This month will offer some classroom tested tips and ideas for dealing with student behavior.  Because let’s face it, as a teacher you are going to deal with this on a daily basis.


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Student Behavior Great Ideas:

  • Keep a separate notebook or folder to record all student behavior documentation.

  • In addition to calling parents when students are misbehaving also call home with good reports.

  • Create a script before calling a parent for the first time.  This will keep you on track and help you be less nervous.  End the call on a positive note.

  • Change the seating arrangement from time to time.

  • Organize the room differently.  This subtle change evokes a new attitude for some students. 

  • Address inappropriate and disruptive students immediately.

  • Highlight and emphasize positive behavior and students.

  • Remain calm and keep from getting into a debate with students who provoke you.  State the expectation and why, if they don’t respond ask them to wait in the hallway.

  • Communicate with your administrator any student concerns you have so they are aware.

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Get to Know Your NAAE Leaders


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j.cannonRegion II Secretary
James H. Cannon
McCook Central
Salem, SD
Prescott High School
Prescott, Arkansas


Years in the profession:  31 years



Institution where you received your Ag Ed degree:
Southern Arkansas University


Biggest benefit of NAAE membership to you: Opportunities to communicate with Ag teachers from all over the nation and share info on our programs and how to make them better.


Memorable teaching moment: The best moment is probably when you are in class lecturing a group of students and the “light bulb” just comes on in the students mind and they are eager to learn or have grasped a new idea that they see is really important in their lives.


What do you know now that you wish you would have known as a first year teacher?Treat each student as an individual. Do not try to teach all students the same. We are all different and learn in different ways. Some of my best students are those who are not able to stay (for some reason) in other teachers’ classrooms without getting in trouble, but are outstanding students when they are able to work with their hands on projects in the Ag shop.


What is one thing you try to do every day as an ag teacher?Have a positive attitude and relate a new idea to my students that will brighten their future and see that they are important to the future and that they are the future.





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