Franklin Middle School

Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 26:GRADES ARE DUE AT 9AM

7th grade Field Trip

May 27: 8th grade field trip

May 28: NJHS Field trip

May 29: STUCO field trip

May 30: Last day of school/Early Release/Awards

Awards Schedule: 8th grade 8am; 7th grade 9am; 6th grade 10am


CHECK OUT LISTS are due after 1pm on May 30.



For more dates, see the FMS Calendar on First Class

Important Reminders

  • If you have a student who failed the STAAR test, please contact the parents and explain to them the tutorial process and retest that the students will need to take next week.
  • Please complete all surveys that have been given or sent to you this week
  • Begin working on your check out list. It cannot be turned in until after 1pm on May 30
  • Grades are due Monday, May 26 at 9am.
  • Please check the new 14-15 calendar for important dates for next year.
  • Reminder to register for your summer workshops.

SCHOOL SAFETY

  • MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DOORS ARE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.
  • Review ALL drill procedures with all classes.
  • Check the plugs in your classroom. Make sure that you have not overloaded one of your outlets/circuits. If you are unsure, see Kerry.

Thought for the Week!

Focus on being the teacher your students never want to disappoint and your lessons will become infinitely easier.


The Blunt Educator

Positive Behavior supports

When students misbehave, there is usually a trigger that causes them to misbehave. Here is strategy #1 for helping to alter the behavior in your classroom.


Strategy 1: Alter the Classroom Environment

Teachers can remove or modify environmental conditions within their classrooms that trigger challenging behaviors in a number of ways.

Strategy 2: Increase Predictability and Scheduling

Create a daily routine and make sure that the students are aware of it.

Strategy 3: Increase choice making:

By empowering students to make choices, teachers can help lessen student feelings of powerlessness. Teachers, parents and students can create a list of choices, but the student, whenever possible, makes the final selection.

Strategy 4: Make Curricular Adaptations:

Curricular adaptations are modifications made to enhance a student's performance in completing activities and to reduce the likelihood of challenging behaviors. What can you do? 1. Think about the nature of the assigned task. Is it of high or low interest, too easy or difficult or too long or too short. 2. Adjust the nature of the activity. 3. Adjust the method of presentation. 4. Provide peer support.

Strategy 5: Appreciate Positive Behaviors

To encourage positive behavior, figure out the exact behavior that would benefit the students the the people around the student. Start with easier skills and break down more complex tasks into achievable steps.

Strategy 6: Teach Replacement Skills

Many challenging behaviors occur because the student does not know a more appropriate way to achieve an important outcome. Teach alternative responses for the challenging behavior.