Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Positive Reinforcement Vs. Punishment in Schools | Guest post | tips on Tuesday

"Positive Reinforcement Versus Punishment in Schools"

Written by:  Ashley Johansen 

Imagine you're back in a classroom, eight years old. A student near you does something that you know he shouldn't be doing; throwing a paper airplane, or making silly noises to make the other students laugh. When the teacher catches him, what happens? If it's his first offense, he probably gets scolded and nothing more. But after multiple disruptions, the whole class knows that the student is going to be sent outside to sit in the hall, or, if the student's actions are really terrible, to the principal's office for suspension.

This scene is familiar to most of us. If you were a goody-two-shoes like me, you might have been irritated by Disruptive Kid and been grateful to see him go. But is punishment really the best way to deal with challenging students?

The battle between positive reinforcement advocates and punishment advocates is relatively old, but the argument gets even more interesting when applied to older kids, like high school, or even university students. Punishment is dealt more quickly and severely for bad behavior in higher education, but positive reinforcement is practically non-existent. As small children, we were taught to expect a gold star, or even a special treat when we performed well in school. Why does this same principle not apply to older students? People wonder why students who were so talented in elementary school seem to sink when they reach high school and college, but the answer seems relatively obvious. In elementary school, kids are immersed in a culture of positive reinforcement and minimal punishment, but high school forces them into the complete opposite environment, and students are expected to instantly adjust.

Some people attribute this problem to the fact that tenured teachers are older and won't change their ways, and some still hold to the old "spare the rod, spoil the child" mentality. Whether or not this is true, many teachers and administrators claim they simply don't have the time or the patience to focus on rewarding good behavior. Unfortunately for them, that excuse is no longer valid. Some studies* have shown that reinforcing positive behavior works, even if you don't reward EVERY good behavior, whereas punishment only proves successful when you punish EVERY bad behavior. So positive reinforcement would actually take less time. 

On the other hand, punishment seems to be the only way to get through to some students. How can a teacher possibly cater to every child's individual needs, especially with the size of a classroom growing as quickly as it is. Maybe punishment is the best way to deal with a larger group rather than each individual. 

What do you think? In your own experience, which has been more effective, punishment or positive reinforcement? Should teachers try to cater more to individuals, and if not, which side is more conducive to a healthy learning environment for the majority? 


Author bio: Ashley Johansen is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University in Utah, with a bachelors degree in English and an emphasis in creative writing. She is currently working as a content writer for Honors Graduation, an online graduation supply company, and drafting her first novel. Ashley currently lives in the Utah area with her wonderful husband of two years. She is passionate about education, especially children with special needs, and is grateful her career allows her to be an advocate for progress in the public school system."

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday finds | Organizing your classroom | San Antonio teacher

friday finds miss hey miss

We have all seen these awesome drawer makeovers, but I wanted to share another from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds.  There aren't any pictures of the process but she give a link to a post about how to successfully create this super cute idea! Now you have something fun to do this weekend...as if you didn't already have something to do. :)

plastic draw makeover from teaching 2 and 3 year olds
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Another great idea for organization in your classroom is from the Mailbox's the education center. 
I am subscribed to their emails and they send some amazing tips!! 

Extra Forms

This timesaver eliminates the need to copy extra forms for students at the end of the day. Label a supply of pocket file folders with different subject areas and attach the folders to a bulletin board. Inside the corresponding folders place extra copies of your weekly spelling list, math practice sheets, or reading recording sheets. When a student needs a replacement for a lost form, she simply locates the appropriate folder and takes one without having to ask for an extra copy.

extra papers spelling folder example

I hope these tips have helped! Have a fantastic weekend.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Crafternoon | Grandparents day crafts

Grandparents day is Septembr 9, 2012!! 

Thinking about grandparents day gifts? Here are a few ideas. This first one is from The Mailbox's education center.  I am subscribed to their emails and the info they send is...
It is another resource to subscribe to! 

Anyways here is the first craft: 'Soup-er Grandparents day greetings'

Showing grandparents or other special adults how much students care is as easy as A, B, C! Have each child make a greeting card by folding a 9" x 12" sheet of light-colored paper in half. Then instruct him to draw a bowl of soup on the front of the card and add desired decorations. Next, have him glue alphabet pasta in the soup bowl to spell a message. On the inside of the card, direct him to write a short message along with his signature.
grandparents day craft for soup-er grandparents

If you know anything about me, I LOVE google! So any google search on 'grandparents day craft' will produce amazing ideas if you search in images.google.com. :) 

Also, search pinterest! 'Grandparents day" and again, you will get some many ideas! I hope your grandparents love your crafts to show how much you kids love them! Feel free to email me (contactmissheymiss@gmail.com) some of your creations or share them in a comment below! 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Teaching with an Interdisciplinary Approach

what's up wednesday sharing how you teach with an interdisciplinary approach

pedagogy in action teaching with interdisciplinary approach

I found this article discussing why you should teach with an interdisciplinary approach.  It has some interesting points.

  • What are your thoughts?  
  • Is this a good (acceptable) way to teach?  
  • Should every teacher be like this?  
  • How would you want your kids to be taught? 
  • Are there teachers already like this?
Comment below or send me an email: contactmissheymiss@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Time Management Techniques | Teachers, parents and even college students!

how to manage time with brian tracy

I hope you had a relaxing 3 day weekend!  I did.  The only thing better than a 3 day weekend is a 4 day work week. Yes!! It’s NOT 5 DAYS!...Only 4 days. J We can do it!

Ok, now on to the good stuff!   I found this article on Brian Tracy’s site.  He has some great info on his site from personal development to time management and leadership.  This article in particular is focused towards focusing your mental techniques to become effective.  He shares how highly effective people become GREAT at time management.  Do you struggle with time management? These are some tips to help you. 

Check out this article: 
how to manage time with brian tracy
Program Your Subconscious Mind for Time Management Success: 
4 Mental Techniques Used by Highly Effective People

Are you excellent at time management?  How to do you successfully manage your schedule, to-do lists and more? Comment below!

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