Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, and communication specialistMadeline Hunter is famous for saying, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” She understood that children need to be receptive to information before they will retain anything they’ve heard. No matter how well the quarterback throws the football, nothing will be accomplished unless the receiver is ready to catch the ball! When teachers focus on preparing their students to be ready for the information, their scores will be dramatically higher.
When Baby Boomers went to school, they knew how to behave, and they had a deep respect for authority. They were ready to learn. Children live in a much different world, today. Many come from broken homes, alternating weekends with mother and father. They face peer pressure to join gangs, do drugs, and may be subjected to bullying unlike anything in the past. Cell phones, Ipads, and other electronic devices keep them constantly connected to the Internet – but disconnected from the family, friends, and human interaction that provides the emotional security they are desperately seeking. They are not the same students who attended school in the 50’s and 60’s. In addition to teaching “reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic”, teachers are expected to manage behavioral problems, provide drug and alcohol counseling, and spend countless hours filling out government paperwork to document classroom progress – or the lack of it.
The Center for Teacher Effectiveness gives teachers simple, effective techniques for avoiding or deflecting student conflict in the classroom. We understand that as children search for boundaries, “conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional”. The training we offer allows teachers to maintain control of the classroom without ever surrendering their authority. And they can do it while remaining calm and congenial with their students. (In fact, this is one of the “secret strategies” that we teach.) All of these strategies can be added to the schools established procedures. It isn’t necessary to abandon everything that teachers and students are already familiar with. It’s like improving a car’s performance by adding octane booster to the gasoline instead of rebuilding the engine.
Teachers can eliminate 90% of the time-consuming behavioral issues that they are forced to deal with on a daily basis. Now they can spend that time providing the academic training that motivated them to become teachers in the first place! In other words, they have (More) Time to Teach. Teachers often report that they are able to ADD to the curriculum because their students are advancing so quickly. Teachers are more relaxed, students begin to improve academically, and administrators and parents are happier with the outcome. This is a WIN-WIN-WIN situation!
I look forward to speaking with you to determine the feasability of providing this simple training to the teachers at your school. Academic excellence is not very far away.