Every classroom teacher on this planet knows that managing classroom conflict is a daily event. But a classroom conflict can become a CLASSROOM CRISIS in the blink of an eye. If you don't know how to manage a classroom crisis you are in POTENTIAL CAREER ENDING position.
Crisis management is critical to your success in the classroom. YOU NEED a CLASSROOM CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN to manage every situation
You need a crisis management plan that helps.
I don't mean a classroom crisis management plan that is written for an airplane crash in a major city. I mean a crisis plan that will help IN YOUR CLASSROOM when
There are a bazillion conflicts in your classroom can TRIGGER a CLASSROOM CRISIS! YOU need a firm grip on a CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN relevant to YOUR CLASSROOM.
Theory is wonderful. You will be able to explain WHY Jennifer always sneers at Josephine, which sets Josephine in a red fury and makes her charge towards Jennifer with her 2B pencil ready to gouge her eyes out.
That would be NICE!
CRISIS MANAGEMENT for CLASSROOM TEACHERS is written to handle Mary and Bill and Graham and all the other conflict situations that occur daily in your classroom. The focus of Crisis Management is CLASSROOM PRACTICE. Theory plays a part but it does not dominate the text. This is written for the classroom practitioner.
There is nothing wrong with theory. I enjoy reading theory. But I enjoy finding practical answers to my real problems more. That is why CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS should be in your bookcase, on your tablet, and in your teaching repertoire.
You could grab the copy provided by your school.
Oh that's right! Your school doesn't have one. Crisis management is what most people do by the seat of their pants. That is appropriate, because that is exactly where you are going to get booted if you get CRISIS MANAGEMENT wrong.
There has never been a more important time to get CRISIS MANAGEMENT in place in your classroom. There are dozens of parents with a lawyer on speed dial just waiting for an opportunity to take you to the cleaners.
Law Cases are won on whether on not the claimant had a PLAN.
Did you know that teachers can be sued as individuals?
It would be nice to think that you are legally protected against difficult parents. It would be nice to think that someone in authority has your back. It would be nice if everyone knew how hard you work and how much you care about students.
That would be NICE but the fact of the matter is that a POORLY MANAGED CLASSROOM CRISIS is a law suit waiting to happen.
Let me share a story that occurred in a school near me. A boy fell from the monkey bars at school and broke his shoulder in 1994. His shoulder didn't mend correctly. He suffered a lot of pain which stopped him from doing the work he wanted. In 2013, when the boy reached adulthood, he sued the department and the school for not adequately managing his injury. He was successful. He attempted to sue the teacher, but because teacher had the protection of the crown in 1994, he was unsuccessful.
But that has now changed.
In January 2009 the protection of the crown was removed.
Unless you have a risk assessment strategy for your classroom, YOU (as well as the school and the department) are legally susceptible to prosecution.
It is your best interest to have CRISIS MANAGEMENT plan in place with the strategies you can employ when called upon to do so.
The school has plans for fire drill, bomb alerts, abusive parents, workplace health ans safety. There is probably a shelf full of risk assessment plans developed for the school. You would, no doubt, have received inservice on all the risk assessment strategies in place at your school.
A regular classroom teacher probably would have. If a you are a RELIEF TEACHER you probably would have received Z-I-P!
But that doesn't make CRISIS MANAGEMENT any less important for a relief teacher. You are just as susceptible to litigation as every other government employee.
A PLAN for YOUR CLASSROOM.
What makes a good CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN?
Give you strategies to manage classroom, playground and school based conflicts.
Outline action plans to deal with behaviour situations before they develop into DRAMAS.
Give examples of how various crisis situations are managed in your classroom and beyond.
Finally someone has considered relief teachers in the educational setting. You can now have the same protection offered to full time employees. You are now part of the education agenda. You can finally enter your classroom with the confidence and the assurance that knowledge and skill provides.
You are now able to solve classroom conflicts with a structured and analytical approach. You will have the confidence that order brings to chaos. No more floundering around looking for alternatives. Not more finding yourself in the hot seat. No more inaction. Crisis Management will be an integral part of your repertoire. Students will suddenly find themselves on the back foot. You will control their behaviours by putting and established set of procedures in place.
The TRIPLE D approach will allow to to STRUCTURE your approach to CRISIS MANAGEMENT. This resource features the TRIPLE D approached used in many classrooms across the state.
It's time to be the master of your classroom. Show the students that you have the skills to manage conflict. Put a structure to your Classroom Crisis Management that builds an accountability to all. You are now in control.
Crisis Management for the Classroom will become your "GO TO MANUAL". Refer to it often. Develop an affinity with the TRIPLE D strategy. Display a confidence that your skills warrant. Build structure around your most difficult student interactions.
“I have only been teaching for a few years, but have long experience with kids and youth, and with teaching in other formats/situations. I wish I'd had Bob's experience, wisdom and resources 20 years ago :). Crisis Management for the Classroom is clear, concise, to the point - fantastic. I have already started using some of the material (though I'm a slow learner some days - practice, practice, practice...). Many thanks Bob.
I like that Bob is very honest about the whole teaching gig. His acknowledgement that we do get angry and sometimes it's reasonable, thinking of the kids as "little turkeys" because sometimes they are - I really appreciate this aspect of Bob's work.
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“Thanks Bob for putting together a very informative and a well presented kit. It will make my approach to the schools a more pleasant one. The module on Crisis Management will help me to control and more importantly use the Triple D to solve the crisis. Thank you.”
Crisis Management for the Classroom is a great resource. It is so practical and useful.
Bob, your support is amazing. As a new teacher I love feeling so supported and confident to approach difficult situations. I feel I have such challenges in learning to manage the learning environment - but its all possible and a learning experience. I did find the Triple D section a brilliant process. I am going to start using it immediately. "
I'm going to start using these strategies immediately