<ul><li>1. Students know what is expected of them and are generally successful. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The playground and lunchroom are safe, positive, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>and efficient environments for children. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Both the playground and lunchroom are learning environments. </li></ul>Charactistics of an effective playground or lunchroom
Reflection on practices I sometimes ignore some misbehaviors because I do not want to get off track. I sometimes say things I wish I had not. I sometimes make threats that I cannot deliver. I sometimes provide more attention to students who exhibit negative rather than positive behaviors.
A Highly Effective Playground and Lunchroom Takes: <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Team Work </li></ul>
If You Don't Know Where You Are Going Any Road Will Take You There! Those That Plan The Battle Are Less Likely To Battle The Plan. Getting along or working near each other is not the same thing as working together. We all must share a common understanding of what we want to accomplish to be successful.
Positive Expectations <ul><li>Are instructive. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be refined to raise expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate a faith in the student's ability to make a good choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes a climate for praise. </li></ul><ul><li>Is the way adults expect to be treated. </li></ul>
Planning: Step One: Imagine the perfect day in the playground and lunchroom. Step Two: Sequence the steps from beginning, middle, and end. Step Three: Review the sequence adding as much detail as possible. Step Four: Use your list to develop your playground and your lunchroom rules
Styles of Communication Hostile Assertive Passive
Hostile Communicators 1. Focus on the person rather than the attribute. 2. Dwell on the past. 3. Drive home the point too forcefully. Ho stile communication is often "off message" and prompts an emotional reaction.
1. Observe but do not address inappropriate behaviors. 2. Harbor rage or discontent with students who misbehave. 3. Assent to negative attributes with their silence. Who blows hot and cold? Hostile or Passive Communicators? Passive Communicator
Expectations Rules Norms VS. Where there are differences between our rules and our norms it damages our credibility and infuriate those students who follow the rules.
Common responses of passive communicators 1. Frequently complains about students to their friends, colleagues or anyone else who will listen. 2. On occasion loses temper and responds to students in a disproportional way. 3. Body language may reveal frustration. 4. May resort to passive aggressive behaviors.
Assertive Communicators 1. Detached and unemotional. 2. Results oriented. 3. Focused on the future.
A critical element of assertive communication is sufficiency : just enough to get the message across without prompting an emotional reaction. Assertive Communication
Never Let Students Think They Have The Better of You Please Behave I will make you a deal Like Me
Collaboration Getting along is not enough. To be effective we must collaborate which requires a divison of labor. Step 1: Using the plan indentify tasks. Step 2: Determine who will do which task. Step 3: Confirm that everyone understands the objective for that task. Step 4: Rotate tasks for maximum coverage, and to communicate and empower staff with students. Step 5: Plan for contingencies such as, snow days, a staff member being absent, a change in schedules, etc.
Examples of Tasks <ul><li>Monitor the entrance to the lunchroom to ensure that all the students slowly walk in the lunchroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor the lunch tables to ensure that students are calmly seated. Select tables to proceed to the lunch line in an orderly manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor to see that students have cleared their table and area of any waste. Select tables to proceed to the playground in an orderly manner. </li></ul>
Lunchroom Assignments Week Ended_______ Name Task Comments:
Playground Assignments Week Ended_______ Name Task Comments:
Reasons for Rotating Tasks <ul><li>So that everyone fully understands the objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>For Fairness </li></ul><ul><li>To Minimize polarization </li></ul><ul><li>So that students do not associate a staff member too closely with a task. </li></ul><ul><li>To help with contingent situations </li></ul>
Communication <ul><li>Teams must come together often to review progress! (Debrief) </li></ul><ul><li>This requires frank, open, and honest communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication is critical to both to effective problem solving and reducing conflict. </li></ul>