Classroom structure and consistent expectation are keys to success with behavior.
S.T.O.I.C. is a classroom management tool for educators from Safe and Civil School principles.
We show examples of how the S.T.O.I.C. principles for classroom management can be applied. We provide clear and consistent instructions so that students can be successful. We keep calm and neutral with our process to set the tone and example for our classroom environment. We have high expectations for our students and utilize our resources to equip them for productivity. We praise positive actions as all humans thrive when their effort is appreciated.
Increasing positive interaction is key to classroom management and success with behavior
Educational success starts with building structure and teaching the expectations throughout the whole school. In the classroom we have to remember to observe our students and greatly increase our ratio of positive interactions to keep students engaged and focused.
S.T.O.I.C. classroom management success requires observation
As soon as you teach and model the expectations start to immediately observe students who comply, reward them right away with a token reward. This will increase your on task behavior and reinforce that you notice students doing the right thing. We must avoid getting caught in a criticism trap where we only notice students doing the wrong thing. We get more of what we pay attention to. Reinforce what you want more of with more positives. Additionally, increasing opportunities to respond is a research based strategy to keep students engaged in your teaching. Gone are the days when the only way to answer is to raise your hand.
You will see both of these strategies (positives and opportunities to respond) modeled in the video above with a group of fifth grade students.
S.T.O.I.C. classroom management requires reflection
Review your classroom in the first three days with these guiding questions:
Classroom management tools prepare us for common responses to misbehavior
After increasing your ratio of positives remember the common response to misbehavior: Correction, Expectation, Conversation, Restoration & Notification. Keep applying these principles to your classroom structure and believe that every student can achieve high success.
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