Classroom Management with Just Do The Right Thing
Academic instruction isn’t the only responsibility teachers have in today’s classrooms. More and more, teachers are being called on to teach students about values ... things like making good decisions, the showing of respect, taking responsibility, choosing friends, and having a positive attitude.
It’s a responsibility that could be overwhelming, considering the limited hours available in a school day, the number of kids in the classroom, and the diversity of backgrounds and personalities each child represents.
But the Just Do the Right Thing program is a practical and powerful tool that equips teachers to tackle values training with confidence.
Teachers who make the questions part of their daily classroom routine find them to be a powerful resource that offers many benefits:
Behavior Management / Pattern Interrupt
A question interrups an unwated behavior and the answer suggests a more suitable, positive behavior.
Questions provide an opportunity for students to have input into the decisions that affect them. By verbalizing responses, students are basically telling themselves what to do.
Think It To Happen
By practicing the JDRT principles, students are conditioned to pay attention to what they are thinking in the moment and how these thoughts affect their behavior. Verbalizing/self-directing is the start of them taking ownership of their actions.
Plant The Seeds of Right Thinking
Daily repetition instills accepted life principles that will guide students to make the right decisions.
An Effective Discipline Tool
One of the best advantages for teachers who use the Just Do the Right Thing program in the classroom relates to discipline.
The Questions and Answers define boundaries. The list helps teachers draw clear boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable behavior and set up a concrete set of expectations.
The Questions and Answers make sure kids “know better“. When you know better, you do better. The list gives students and teachers a chance to discuss most issues they will come across that influence their behavior in school. As a result, teachers can be confident that misbehaving kids really do “know better.”
The Questions and Answers eliminate the need for lectures. Lectures don’t work! (Just ask any teacher or any student!) The question program completely eliminates the need to lecture. Instead of launching into a speech to a potentially misbehaving child, a teacher can simply ask an appropriate question from the list. That triggers a specific, well-rehearsed response from the child, who can use the moment to stop, think about the right thing to do, consider the consequences, and respond accordingly.