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Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools Newsletter

August 18, 2004


RANDY SPRICK'S SAFE & CIVIL SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER
August 2004

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BEHAVIORAL TIP FROM RANDY SPRICK

Before school begins, carve out time to relax and plan for the following two things before you start setting up your classroom.

  • Classroom Goals
  • Teaching Positive Opposites to Prevent Potential Behavior Problems

First, define your classroom goals—what you plan to accomplish with students.

Seneca once said, "You must know for which harbor you are headed if you are to catch the right wind to take you there." For the classroom, this means that you will be able to capitalize on every "teachable moment" because you know where you are going. Even when students misbehave, your corrections can provide instruction about how the student or class can move toward your classroom goals in the future.
If you have previously developed goals, refine them.
If you haven't clarified your classroom goals, click here for detailed information.

Second, design one or more lessons to teach students desired behaviors—the positive opposites of a behavior problem.

Reflect on the most frequent misbehaviors exhibited by students last year. Then design one or more lessons to teach your new students the "positive opposite" of potential behavior problems. Plan to teach and review these lessons during the first weeks of school.
This link will give you a variety of teaching strategies.

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RESULTS FROM THE FIELD – LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Learn how school have reduced tardies by as much as 86%. In Long Beach, California, educators are finding that by reducing tardiness they are adding instructional time to the teaching day. Find out how they are accomplishing this reduction in tardies.

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To find out how you can improve performance at your school in the coming year, visit http://www.safeandcivilschools.com.

The staff at Safe & Civil Schools hopes you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and wishes you a productive and successful school year!