Teaching children is rewarding, but it also requires both patience and creativity. As educators and parents moving into 2012, take the time to make a New Year’s Resolution to always practice the ABC’s of Behavior Management. This learning technique, as well as other valuable research based information, can be found on the SERVE CENTER site, a national educational resource provided by the University of North Caroline at Greensboro.
The ABC’s of Behavior Management are:
- A- Always consider the child’s feelings and avoid embarrassing a child.
- B- Be alert and observant as the most effective way to prevent problems early.
- C- Choose your words carefully when problems do arise.
- D- Discipline yourself. In other words, control your temper.
- E- Excessive flattery as a technique to motivate or control is ineffective.
- F- Firmness and fairness should abide.
- G- Good humor goes a long way.
- H- Handle problems without threatening.
- I- Ignore those behaviors that are just ploys to get attention.
- J- Join your child by the hand to supervise them while crossing the street.
- K- Keep this simple idea in mind-a child is not problems but may have problems.
- L- Lead and train children in everyday activities.
- M- Make positive statements as much as possible.
- N- Never underestimate the power of your appearance and behavior.
- O- Options are important to children.
- P- Proximity-stay close as an effective preventative approach.
- Q- Quiet activities can be just as much fun as noisy ones.
- R- Routines and rules should be consistent and clear.
- S- Show children you are up for the challenge of parenting.
- T- Try to predict what would confuse or distract children.
- U- Use natural consequences to unacceptable behaviors.
- V- Value your child and spend as much one-on-one time as possible together.
- W- Watch the amount of attention you give to individual children.
- X- X-pect to have fun.
- Y- Yelling is not effective with children.
- Z- Zoom in and handle problems quickly.
As the year move on, watch the practice of ABC’s of Behavior Management help develop positive parent- child relationships, enhance mutual respect between students and teachers, and improve academic attitudes especially among young children.
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