The Best Teacher Seminars“Classroom Management Strategies That Work!” SeminarsNow available with graduate credit

In many classrooms, 5-9 hours per week are wasted on low-level discipline issues such as lack of respect, eye-rolling, back-talking, and challenges to authority.  Even more time is wasted on tracking student behavior and paperwork.  What if all that time could be used for teaching instead?  This seminar will show you how.  Downloadable Brochure and Registration Information

“The school secretary noticed the difference as my class walked down the halls.  Even my most extreme behavioral children are more manageable!”  - Tracy M, Elementary Teacher, TWO DAYS after attending the seminar

This is not another “out of the box” program to implement.  Instead, experienced classroom teacher Katrina Ayres will share her proven secrets for avoiding power struggles, creating a supportive classroom environment, and developing positive relationships with students.  Downloadable Brochure and Registration Information


How to Correct (Instead of Punish) Misbehavior

  • Discover which misbehaviors to correct, and which to leave alone
  • Learn the most effective way to give directions to students
  • Learn how to eliminate warnings and repeated requests
  • How to teach students to correct their own behavior
  • How to reduce your discipline paperwork to almost nothing

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How to Establish Routines

  • Learn why the traditional approach to classroom rules doesn’t work, and what to do instead
  • Determine how to effectively deal with students who don’t come to school ready to learn
  • Discover the secret to keep students from constantly testing your limits
  • Create effective classroom routines to minimize interruptions and increase instructional time

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How to Create a Positive Classroom Environment

  • Discover the one characteristic you MUST have when interacting with students (or it’s all over)
  • Learn how to connect with every student, even in today’s overcrowded situations
  • Discover the most important things to consider when setting up your classroom for optimal learning
  • Determine whether a traditional or non-traditional room arrangement is right for you and your students
  • Increase student participation and decrease discipline problems

…and MORE!  Downloadable Brochure and Registration Information

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ButHave you ever had one of those backhanded compliments? Like, “Wow! You actually smell good today!” Yeah, me too. And yet, too many times I see educators giving backhanded compliments to their students without even realizing it.

“You did a great job on that writing assignment, but you need to work more on your spelling.”

“You got 99% of those questions right, but you need to do the last one over.”

“You got ready for dismissal quickly, but you are still too noisy.”

Do you notice what each of those sentences has in common? It’s that nasty little word “but.” My 5th grade teacher taught me that whenever someone uses a sentence with the word “but” in it, you can ignore whatever came before the “but” and just pay attention to the rest of the sentence, because that’s what the speaker really means. And in truth, that’s exactly what happens with our students. Many times, they give much more weight to the criticism than they do to the praise.

As educators, we make statements like these because we want to soften bad news or criticism, or we want to let our students know how they can continue to make progress. Unfortunately, using sentences containing “but” doesn’t do what we want, and may actually feel manipulative and dishonest to our students, which will cause them to resist us.

So what can we do instead? I suggest a simple word substitution. Any time you want to use the word “but,” substitute “next.”

“You did a great job on that writing assignment. Next, let’s work on some of those spelling words.”

“You got 99% of those questions right. Great job! Next, I’d like you to work on that last one again, and see if you can get it right, too.”

“You got ready for dismissal quickly. Thank you. Next, I’d like you to wait quietly.”

Words are important, and sometimes small changes make a big difference. Give it a try, and let me know how it goes.

Now go create a great day for yourself and your students!

Katrina Ayres, Your Classroom Management Coach,

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