While attending the AIG Conference, I had the opportunity to participate in the session “How to Eliminate Distracting Behaviors and Get Back to Instruction.” As a middle school teacher nearing the end of another school year, discussing differences in behavior within the classroom is most relevant. The instructor, Cherisa Zafft, was extremely open and honest throughout the session. She explained that there are three different types of students.
1. Always Students- who are always willing to do whatever you want, whenever you want it done.
2. Sometimes Students- which are students who are sometimes doing what they should but have their bad days where they get off task.
3. Never Students- Which is self-explanatory… THEY NEVER DO ANYTHING!
Dealing with these different types of students, teachers make approximately 1,500 decisions everyday (which is more than a surgeon). This statistic not only shows how difficult our job as teachers can be, but, furthermore, it shows the importance of our decisions in our students’ lives.
One of the best takeaways from the session involved the role of diffusers. I wanted to share some of the most commonly used diffusers. A diffuser is a statement the teacher can make to help redirect students. Statements such as, “I understand,” “probably so, never the less,” and “I’m sorry” are brief statements a teacher can make to a student who is not following directions to diffuse the situation.
Once the student feels heard or that an adult cares, often the behavior will change.
By: Sheridan Summer