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This course teaches how to create classroom and behavior management plans that create orderly classrooms where students can and want to do the hard work that is required to succeed. This course discusses what motivates students to ensure that what is communicated to them is relevant and meaningful. Successfully implementing a classroom management plan that works to create clarity of expectations, order (not regimentation), respect and the rewards of hard work and learning is essential to your students’ academic achievement and psychosocial development. It is also essential in creating a work environment for yourself that results in tremendous job satisfaction.

This course defines and describes classrooms that create cultures for learning. We will review and explore theories on student motivation and how motivation plays a role in establishing classrooms where high expectations for all behaviors are in place and students embrace learning, hard work and persistence.

What Educators Who Have Taken This Course Have to Say About It:

“There were many ideas presented in this course that I found to be valuable. The most valuable was the idea of following a strict set of scripted directives to deliver to children so that the outcome is a desired behavior. This is a powerful tool that I have observed to be very successful. It is a much more time efficient method than reasoning and explaining and lecturing about negative behavior and affords the rest of the class minimal time taken away from the educational process. I am sure to employ both the 4 step plan and the 5 step verbal technique whenever necessary. I also found the information about extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation and their correlation to students’ abilities or intelligence is that there is none. Knowing this will alter my approach to planning lessons and addressing my student population. I know that I cannot simply expect my highly intelligent students to always achieve and conversely expect my less bright students to wither when facing work with complexity. I do believe the Safety, Order and Rights ® value set will be helpful in my classroom. They will set the stage for a classroom management plan that will keep order so that learning will be at a maximum, provide safety of everyone’s physical and emotional well-being, and protect the rights to all, especially the most important right- to a high-quality education. Having this structured plan in place that follows the value set will leave no room for anyone to question the high expectations of behavior and the routines and rules of the classroom.”

“I found the 4 and 5 step verbal techniques very valuable. I have been using them all the time and they work so well! My students respond very well and I don’t find myself getting worked up or yelling. I usually lose my voice from having to speaking loudly and sternly to students, but with the verbal techniques, I can quietly discipline without the students even feeling like they are being disciplined. I also have found that preparing consequences for negative behaviors ahead of time is very valuable. It allows me to easily communicate with my students when they are doing an unacceptable behavior. I do believe that the Safety, Order, and Rights value set will be very helpful in my classroom because it allows the students to evaluate what they are doing and why is in unacceptable. It also allows for me to maybe not be as strict in areas that don’t violate the Safety, Order, and Rights value set.”

“I found the verbal techniques to be most valuable. It was a great way to get students to think about their actions rather than become defensive when a teacher points out the problem behavior. I have had great success in my classroom applying the verbal technique when I see students engaging in poor behavior choices. I also believe the Safety, Order, and Rights value set is helpful in my classroom. It provides a clear set of values and rules for students to follow in order to maintain a culture for learning within my classroom. This course has provided many strategies that have been successfully implemented in my classroom.”

“Valuable ideas in the course 1. Discussion of motivations – to always hold in the back of my mind when interacting with students, because motivation is at the root of choice and consequence 2. How planning routines and procedures contribute to behaviors; when well thought out, classroom has air of stability. When there is lack of rules and procedures, there is complete disorder and learning doesn’t occur. 3. The simplicity of Safety, Order and Rights value set. I also appreciated the lesson plan activities for instilling the values. 4. The art of aligning consequence with infraction, and making it progressive. 5. The 4 and 5 Step Verbal Techniques to address misbehavior. The way expectations are communicated is so important in getting desired positive outcomes from students. I believe the S, O & R value set will be helpful in my classroom for a couple of reasons: 1. It is aligned to my previous class management plan, and it is filled with ideas I can use to improve my plan. Rather than just a sheet of easel paper with rules hanging in front of the class, there is a living, breathing system of integrity informing it. 2. Importantly, it aligns to the New York City Dept. of Education Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures, which establish my school’s discipline code to which all school staff subscribes. The S, O & R value set is the classroom tool that gives life to the citywide code.”

CE Credits Online Comment on the above review: The Safety, Order and Rights value set aligns with all disciplinary codes nationwide and only enhances and clarifies the many programs that are used nationwide. This value set has been used by educators in almost every state with tremendous success because it provides a concise framework around which every educator can create and explain expectations and the rationale for those expectations. The Safety, Order and Rights value set informs all CE Credits Online courses that focus on classroom culture. Coming soon: (whatever the name is for the new CPC course???), which uses the value to successfully communicate with parents, and Bullying and Beyond: (rest of title), which discusses digital citizenship, bullying in the real world and the digital world, and ways to successfully intervene.

“I found the verbal techniques to be most valuable. It was a great way to get students to think about their actions rather than become defensive when a teacher points out the problem behavior. I have had great success in my classroom applying the verbal technique when I see students engaging in poor behavior choices. I also believe the Safety, Order, and Rights value set is helpful in my classroom. It provides a clear set of values and rules for students to follow in order to maintain a culture for learning within my classroom. This course has provided many strategies that have been successfully implemented in my classroom.”

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