Saturday, November 24, 2012

Objects are flying.. What do you do?

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You have assessed the acting out child and the overall situation and you are ready to act now. (If you don't know what I am talking about... go check out yesterday's blog here for the questions to ask yourself first)

The video above is after a child threw a lot of items in my room.  After assessing the situation, I had to put a plan in to action.  There will not be a one plan fits all method, but I am going to share some key things with you to help out in these situations.

1.) Remove all audiences.  This may mean that you remove every one else from the room or it may mean that the acting out student needs to be removed. Either way... you want to provide the least amount of attention to these negative behaviors.

 2.) If a student is doing these behaviors by choice and is in control, try providing forced choices (This is where you give the student 2 ways to complete the task. Example in this situation:  "I understand you are upset, but you need to stop throwing.  You can squeeze a stress ball or tear up paper in a box."  Give them an option of another way to calm themselves without tearing up your room.  More information on previous post HERE.) or use Guided Compliance (It is where you guide the student to complete a task, even if this means that you use physical prompting. More info HERE)

3.)  If a student has lost control and through your assessment, you have decided that intervening would escalate, just let the whole thing play out.  Make sure that the child and everyone around is safe.  If you have a crisis team, call for help.  A child will wear themselves down and eventually stop.

4.) Talk it out after the child is calm and plan for future events.  Ask the child how you can help them to make sure this doesn't happen again.  Let them give you some ideas!

You may not be able to stop this from happening:



But... you can be prepared to handle it...   What questions do you have about handling this situation?


Friday, November 23, 2012

Flying chairs, falling shelves...

What do you do when these things happen in your classroom????  (These are all pictures from my classrooms over the past couple years)





When something like this happens, a quick assessment of the child and the situation has to be made.  You must ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the child in control of their behavior or have they lost control?
- Is there anything in the room that is easily accessible that could cause an immediate safety concern?  (I immediately look for sharp objects that could be thrown easily.)
- Is it easier and safer at this point to remove the audience (the other students/adults in the room) or is it easier and safer to remove the acting out child?
- With this child, would intervening help at all or would it escalate the issue?
- What caused this acting out behavior?

Once you have asked yourself these questions and assessed the situation quickly, you must act quickly!!  Check back tomorrow for ideas on where to go from here...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  I hope you have a great time surrounded by those you are closest to!

I am very thankful for all of my blogging friends and followers!  I'm looking forward to continuing to share ideas with you and hoping to learn things from all of you also! 

Thank you also to all my family and friends that have supported me as I have started this blogging journey! 




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Physical Barriers

When setting up a classroom, we always have to think about how to set it up so that we can have separate areas, but we can still see all students.  I wanted to share some divider ideas with you all.  Some of these are from my classroom and some are from others.

Use short shelves

Use partitions


These partitions have white boards on them.  They are 3 panels and are zig zagged, so they cannot go around 3 sides, but they work fine like this for me.


This is a taller one, but it is made from pipes and fabric.  The fabric can be moved from side to side.  It is velcroed on the pipes.  


What do you use for dividers in your room?


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sensory/Calming Room

I finally have pictures of my sensory and calming room.  I clear everything out of it sometimes for students to use to calm when they have became violent or non-compliant, but when used to get energy out or to calm down productively, I have a great set-up.  Here are pictures of my sensory room:

Thankfully I have received a new trampoline since I took this picture that is not all torn up around the outside




My students pick a popsicle stick out of a cup when they come in for a sensory break.  Each stick has a number on it that corresponds to a sensory schedule that tells them what activities to do.  I started with 4 activities and have moved it down to only having 2.  The 2nd activity is always to sit in a beanbag and calm down.  I will admit that getting them to sit in a beanbag is sometimes difficult, but sometimes they get a little hyper on the materials and need to sit to calm more.  Here are the schedules:





I have recently started a new positive reinforcement for good behavior in the sensory room.  I got this idea from another Student Support Center teacher in the district.  We have a hundreds chart on the wall.  I have poker chips that have been numbered 1-100 (by my fabulous behavior consultant) in a bag.  When a student has good behavior, they pull out a poker chip.  They get to write their name on a small post-it note and stick it on that number on the chart.  Once there is a line completed (horizontally or vertically), everyone in that line will get a prize.  Here is the chart:

Does your school have any sensory materials like this or a room like this?


Friday, November 16, 2012

Visual Schedules

Who has used picture schedules before??   They are amazing for kids to use.  Giving a kid a schedule to use makes them more independent.  Adults use schedules all the time, so why not have our elementary students using schedules also!

My students all have schedules.  My readers have checklist schedules that they carry around with them each day on a clipboard.  They check off things as they do it.  My non-readers have picture cards with words.  Some of my students have a folder that they carry their schedules around with them in.  Others have it posted on the wall.
Here is one in a folder.  As the student pulls off their card, they put it in the pencil bag.
This is for a younger student that stays in my room most of the day.  He pulls off the card and puts it in the pink container.  The board has magnets on the back, so it can be moved with the student, if needed.


Here are the supplies that I use to make the above boards. I found the awesome cardboard pre-folded at Walmart.  It is super easy to fold and store or move around.
I store the extra laminated cards in this tool box.  The tri-fold board was actually double this size, and I cut it in 2 to make 2 schedules out of. The kids each have a morning schedule and an afternoon schedule.

Visual schedules can be objects, pictures, pictures, with words, or just words/sentences.  Meet the level of your student.

How would you use visual schedules in your classroom?   Does anyone already use them?  Does anyone need help setting some up?





Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm back!!!

Hey Everyone!  Thank you so much for sticking around!  I have been through so many changes in the last 5 months, but things are finally settling down and I am excited to get back to blogging.

On a personal note... here is a great thing that has happened in my life:
Her name is Princess Mia.  She is a 6 month old shih tzu!  





As for teaching, here are some behaviors that I have been dealing with:

Physical Aggression - Leaving Marks



Threatening pictures on school property - A specific student's name was written above the arrow


Furniture turned over in my classroom



Other behaviors have shown through that I will be discussing in later posts.

It hasn't all been bad though!  We have had some great learning going on!!!!  My students are really showing growth and making me very proud of them!

What behaviors have you had to deal with so far this year??  I am looking forward to helping out with these behaviors as much as I can!

Tomorrow's post will be about visual schedules!  


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