Pow Wow Principals Press
May 5, 2017
Office Discipline Referral Data by Grade Level for August-April (this does not include bus referrals)
How To Avoid An Increase In Misbehavior As The School Year Winds Down
It’s common for behavior to worsen during the final few weeks of the school year.
Sensing summer break approaching, students begin to feel their age outpacing their grade level. They grow restless and excitable. They become bolder, testing the boundaries to see if they’re as firm as they once were.
Understandably, this unwanted change rubs teachers the wrong way. For misbehavior during the home stretch has a whiff of betrayal. At a time when you should be most enjoying your students, when rapport is at its apex, it becomes one battle after another.
And unless you’re careful, it’s easy to lose your cool. It’s easy to take misbehavior personally and fall into harmful methods that cause resentment and threaten to sully a joyous, memorable end to the school year.
Combined with an emboldened group of students more determined than ever to dig in their heels, the last few weeks can deteriorate into a grinding, scraping claw to the finish line.
But it’s all avoidable.
Preempt the trend.
Knowing that a downward trending of behavior is a possibility, it’s smart to reaffirm your classroom management plan before the dip occurs. Set aside 30 minutes or more and reteach your plan from front to back. Send the message that your boundary lines will indeed remain as firm as ever, all the way up to the final bell.
Make it a refresher.
It’s best to reteach your plan as a refresher rather than an angry response. In other words, many teachers will stop what they’re doing to lecture their class or stomp their way through a testy review of behavior expectations, creating a them-versus-you mentality and setting the stage for a contentious finish to the school year.
Reassure your students.
A thorough but pleasant walkthrough of your plan is a reassurance to students that business is usual. It’s comforting to know that, despite the looming final day of school, nothing and no one is going to threaten the sanctity of peace in your classroom. Presented from this point of view, as a benefit to them, they’ll breathe easier and nod their heads in agreement.
Don’t make assumptions.
It’s a mistake to gloss over the nitty-gritty of your plan, to merely review the main points, assuming that because your students already know it, it isn’t worth the time. But to be most effective, to send the proper message, it’s best to be highly specific, modeling the ins and outs realistically and from their perspective. In other words, as if it’s the first week of school.
Pick up the pace.
With testing in the review mirror, many students will conclude that the school year is essentially over, which is a surefire predictor of misbehavior. To avoid this, continue to increase the challenge, rigor, and pace of your classroom. If you let up, if you ease off the academic gas, you’ll set a blasé tone and attitude that will grow exponentially up until the final minute of school.
A Smooth Finish
Like much of classroom management, ensuring a smooth ride to the finish takes a proactive approach.
You must beat misbehavior to the punch, shrewdly preempting your students’ first move downward and away from the behavior standards you first set with a highly detailed but inspired refresher of those same standards.
Make the final weeks of school a new and bigger challenge. Prepare them for the road ahead by pushing the limits of your grade level. Resolve to keep them busy and focused and striving to the end.
Reach the finish line, not with the exhausted, salt-encrusted visage of a marathon runner, but with a sprinter’s bounce in your step, triumphant and contented in knowing that another year of good work is behind you.
iReady Scale Scores
It is so exciting to see the amazing growth our kiddos are making on their Spring iReady diagnostic. Many of you have been asking, so here is the table that shows the 50% percentile for each grade level.
Updates from Ms. Fred
Reminder that Friday, May 5 is the last official day for RtI Groups. Please remember to have your materials, RtI Manuals, RtI Attendance, ORF & MAZE Binders and all data with your name on it before you turn it to me.
We have volunteers that will be working on inventories of the LLI Kits. Please be certain to have all materials returned to the appropriate numbered Kits by Tuesday. They will begin on Wednesday.
LLI InterventionistS, please complete the survey sent to you by email by May 12. It is very important for us to hear your feedback!!! Thanks
Please be sure to pass on any important information on a student that has been in the MTSS process this year or one that you feel will need it next year to next year's teacher. This will help us to streamline these students at the beginning of the year.
Congrats to Ms. Glickstein, our #VBEVIP! Enjoy your special parking spot, and keep making those nominations on Twitter!!
Next Week At A Glance
The grade levels have gone above and beyond planning, organizing, and implementing amazing experiences for our Little Indians this year. Thank you so much to all the teams who have spent so much time ensuring our kiddos have these opportunities to make connections. It's truly appreciated!
More thanks goes out to Ms. Yvette Holmes- the heart of VBE for helping us all through it!