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Spring Newsletter from Randy Sprick

March 16, 2004


RANDY SPRICK'S SAFE & CIVIL SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER
March 2004

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BEHAVIORAL TIP FROM RANDY SPRICK

DIFFICULT-TO-TEACH STUDENTS: Turn negative behavior into positive interactions. Here are four easy to implement tips for students who are difficult, disrespectful, or downright unpleasant:

Maintain high expectations.

As you proceed through the remainder of the school year, maintain high expectations for all your students. Your expectations are a guide to making the final days of school both enjoyable and productive.

Maintain a high ratio of positive to negative interactions with students.

Be conscious of the successes that occur around you. Interact with students when they are working responsibly. When corrective interactions are necessary, strive to work with the student or students at least three times when behavior is appropriate. This increases the likelihood that you will notice a "tough" student when s/he takes steps toward success.

Monitor your responses.

If student misbehavior is making you tense, shift your focus to students who are behaving responsibly. Let students know you acknowledge and appreciate their maturity and positive choices.

Picture your "tough" students succeeding.

On a daily basis, develop an image of each student being successful in your setting. A clear picture of your expectations for each student will help you notice the small steps that these students may be taking toward success.

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EXCITING NEWS FROM FRANKLIN DOUGLASS ACADEMY, HARLEM!

Teacher magazine features Harlem teacher, Timothy Hearns. Read how Randy Sprick's positive behavior materials influenced Hearn's teaching career, transforming his inner-city students from apathetic to enthusiastic.

The article is available online at teachermagazine.org for registered users. However, registration is free.

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NEW COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

We are pleased to announce our collaborative venture with the University of Kansas, Center for Research and Learning – Strategic Instruction Model (SIM).

Developed by Drs. Don Deshler, Jean Schu8maker, Keith Lenz, Jan Bulgren, Jim Knight, and colleagues, SIM provides teachers with the information they need to decide what to teach their students, hwo to help them learn, and how to teach them well. The winning combination of Safe & Civil Schools and KUs SIM will offer secondary schools and opportunity to provide both highly effective academic and behavioral instruction.

For more information about SIM, contact the University of Kansas Center for Research.

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