Have you ever come back to your classroom after attending a meeting and all hell has broken loose?
You open the door and all the items that were on the shelves are now on the floor, there are papers everywhere, task boxes are broken. The items that were in the task boxes are sprawled across the room, and furniture is in a disarray. A student is yelling, another one is crying and one is saying no, while there is another student calmly looking at his computer screen and singing a song.
What is your initial reaction? What would you do? What words come out of your mouth?
This scenario is like so many of our classrooms, especially when not everyone on the team is on the same page about procedures and action plans. I know that we have just finished crisis schooling and many of us are either just finishing up Extended School Year or about to begin it. I know that you are burned out. I know that you are struggling with a variety of behavioral issues in your classroom, but did you know that behavior is communication even when it is negative.
One of the things that I have learned is that the constant battles we have in our classrooms is because we are not viewing negative behavior as communication and our teams are not on the same page.
I know school is going to look very different in the Fall, but we can not let social distancing be an excuse for not having action plans to help and support our most challenging students.
We need to be more intentional than ever to make sure that students’ voices are being heard, no matter if they are negative or positive.
If you are ready to be more intentional about a student’s voice, partnering with parents, and having a solid action plan for a student then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can chat.