4 Fence Posts for Building Your Best Classroom Management Plan (video below)

Posted on January 14, 2013

I wish you were sitting in my office when I called a mentor to pick his brain about the traditional classroom management plan.

I really didn’t call Don to ask him about a classroom management plan. I called to say: “I’m done. Burnt out. Time to throw in the towel… I AM DONE!”

If you’ve been working with students for any length of time, you’ve likely experienced the same sort of feelings about classroom management. That’s why I want to give you the same gift Don gave me. This gift revolutionized my classroom management plan as well as the way I lead students. And when I say revolutionized, I mean REVOLUTIONIZED!

A quick note about the video. At eleven minutes it’s a bit long, but well worth the investment of your time. Additionally, within the first two minutes I share the big idea, as well as the end results, for your classroom. I do this so you’ll know exactly where the video is going.

The big idea is Teachability Is A 2-Way Street. The end results for your classroom are the Four Fence Posts of 100 Percent Responsibility. These two concepts will help you move from a traditional classroom management plan to cultivating a classroom leadership environment.

 

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Highlights From Video

  • Normal people embrace an E=O equation, yet settling for “normal” should not be our goal for educators or students.
  • Successful people add one letter to the equation…E+R=O.
  • Teachability is a 2-Way Street means teachers AND students have a role in the education process.
  • Growth, development, and learning are NOT the teacher’s role. These elements are the students’ role and owning them helps students embrace an E+R=O mindset.
  • The teacher’s role is to cultivate an environment in his or her classroom that is conducive for growth, developing, and learning. In other words, to cultivate an E+R=O environment.
  • The best way to cultivate an E+R=O environment is to set up the Four Fence Posts of 100 Percent Responsibility.
  • Opportunities and privileges increase for students when they live within the Four Fence Posts of 100 Percent Responsibility (i.e. their fence posts expand).
  • Opportunities and privileges decrease for students when they live outside the Four Fence Posts of 100 Percent Responsibility (i.e. their fence posts contract).
  • Establishing the Four Fence Posts of 100 Percent Responsibility is what moves a classroom environment from the traditional classroom management plan to classroom leadership.

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