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Behavior Fitness for the Classroom

08/25/2015 12:57PM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Education, Health, Today, Schools




By Rick Bavaria, Sylvan Learning 

 


Nothing affects learning more than the environment. The most motivated students still face an uphill battle when their school classrooms are chaotic and undisciplined. No classroom can (or should) be silent rows of children, learning in lockstep.  If it ever was like that – which is debatable – it isn’t like that now. The best classrooms today look like beehives of activity where everything is geared toward learning.

So, kids still must have rules of good behavior – let’s call is behavior fitness for the classroom! They don’t need a long list. Over the years, I’ve discovered four rules pretty much cover it:

Be caring.

Be accountable.

Be responsible.

Be respectful.

Parents help kids – and teachers – with these four rules by expecting that they do some pretty basic things - like these:

1.  Follow class procedures. When kids walk safely and quietly in the halls, for example, they’re being responsible and respecting the learning going on in other classrooms.

2.  Raise your hand to speak. Raising your hand simply allows students to take turns speaking, sharing, and discussing. Everyone gets a chance, just not all at once.

3.  Keep your voice down. No one can learn when there are too many distractions. It’s okay to work with others as long as one group’s excitement doesn’t keep the others from doing their work.

4.  Listen to others. Children learn from listening to others, hearing opinions, evaluating. Listening is one of education’s most important skills.

5.  Don’t hog the discussion. We care for and respect one another when we express ourselves and then let others do the same. It’s all about sharing.

6.  Ask for help when you need it. This is taking responsibility for our own learning. When kids feel safe about asking for extra help we’re ensuring their success. Who doesn’t need a little help from time to time?

7.  Help someone else. What better way to show caring than helping someone who could benefit from your assistance? Kids love to share their knowledge with each other. Study buddies encourage each other to stay on track and prepare for quizzes. I tell students, never let a day go by without helping someone.

8.  Do your work. The most responsible behavior of all. Get your work done, preferably with good humor. Then, be accountable by turning it in.

9.  Pay attention. Another responsible behavior. Amazing the number of problems that can be avoided if we just paid attention to begin with.

10.  Stay in your seat. Much classwork is done at your desk. Of course, if you’re working in a team or in some other group activity the teacher has organized, you’re free to move around.  Otherwise, stay put. 



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    10:00AM — 08:00PM

    IT'S TIME FOR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS He'll be waiting for you Center Court. Simply go to simon.noe...


  • Tee-Ball

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 10:45AM

    Come to this intro class on tee-ball.where you can learn to play the sport or practice the skills...


  • R is for Robot

    04/08/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    It's a robot party. Come join Chip, Sprocket, and all the other robots as we explore all thing ro...


  • Infant CPR

    04/08/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Monthly on the second Saturday


  • Tee-Ball

    04/08/2017
    11:00AM — 11:45AM

    Come to this intro class on tee-ball.where you can learn to play the sport or practice the skills...


  • ATTENTION RETURNING CAMPERS! RECONNECT WITH YOUR CAMP FRIENDS! PLAY YOUR FAVORITE CAMP SPORT! ...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Mary W. Sommervold Hall Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA i...


  • Super Saturday's

    04/08/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    We are bringing back our Saturday night open gym! Every Saturday night from 6-8pm! Anyone ages 6-...


  • R is for Robot

    04/08/2017
    06:15PM — 07:15PM

    It's a robot party. Come join Chip, Sprocket, and all the other robots as we explore all thing ro...


  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators...


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Mary W. Sommervold Hall Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA i...


  • Archival Preservation Program

    04/09/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Do you have important documents you would like to preserve? If so, the Old Courthouse Museum w...


  • Stained Glass Concert

    04/09/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    EVENT OVERVIEW: Join the SDSO for the sixth season of the Stained Glass Series. Experience the...


  • Little All Stars

    04/10/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Sensory Friendly Art & Adventures

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, the Center for Disabilities and Museum of Visual ...


  • Latches

    04/10/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Breastfeeding takes a village. Nourish your baby in a safe, comfortable place, surrounded by your...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...



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