Teachers across the country experience times where student behavior can be especiallydifficult. Because our classrooms are changing, our resourceneeds
arealsochanging. What teacherburn out is not only affected by low salaries, assessment practices, and risinginsurancecosts;many do not feel they have the resources neededto manage theincreasingintensity of problematic student behavior. Sometimes even the most seasoned teachers don’t realize our actions canquickly escalate a situation. I wanted to share some techniques I learned as a new teacher.
As data-driven decision making is increasingly used in education, it’s important to gain insights into the whole child rather than the disparate systems that are typically how data is presented. Early warning and intervention (EWI), college and career readiness (CCR), and social and emotional learning (SEL) programs often collect and use information in silos. However, it is critical that educators are able to bring together this information for a holistic view of their students to make a real impact.
Middle school can be a difficult time for students, academics aside, the social and emotional changes they are experiencing are great. Studies have shown that the combination of adolescence and living in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty can negatively impact student attendance, behavior, and effort. This period of extreme transition is a turning point for young students and a time when many predictive risk behaviors begin to emerge.