No Magic Formulas

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Written by Bob Spear, formally NELMS executive director

The school year progresses and now is the time of year when a number of our young adolescents become a bit restless. Some suggest that it is the the recent full moon, but I am more inclined to suggest that smaller problems become bigger with the passage of time. In other words, the routines have been established, students fit or do not fit into them, some look for ways to move beyond guidelines and some just get frustrated. Referals for special services and RTI meeting also increase at this time of the year.

In many ways what happens now will set the tone for the remainder of the year. It is most important to get other teachers and parents on the same page quickly and determine reasonable action plans.

While there are no magic formulas to remedy these behaviors, I believe the most powerful one is to develop student responsibility. When students are taught to see themselves as responsible for their learning, their behavior and their citizenship, they are far more likely to find acceptable alternatives to negative behaviors and to blame others for for lack of success.

Do you agree or disagree?
What ways do you build student responsibility?
How do you work with parents who also believe that they are never at fault or who continually support the student in any disagreement?

Other comments are welcome, please post them below.

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