Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Behavior Management: High School

High School Behavior Management - Supporting Teachers and Administrators
By: Lilia Hueso and Katalina Chacon 

Common Behaviors
           Disengagement and independence
           Daily technology use - phones, iPods, ect
           Peer pressure
           Disruptive behavior - clowning around
           Cliques and crowds
           Dating and romantic relationships - PDA
           Complaining and whining

Risky Behaviors                                                                                           
           Drug and alcohol use
           Tobacco use
           Violence, aggression, bullying (fights, gangs)
           Sexual activity
           Unhealthy diets

Developmental Behaviors
           Self-Identity - Who am I?
           Body image - boys want to be muscular, girls idolize Hollywood models
           Exploring sexual identity
           Autonomy - finding their independent
           Self-esteem - decline of self-esteem

Strength-based Strategies
           Self-Development and Identity Interventions
           Self-Identity, Individuality, The Unique Self
           Goal: Help adolescents identify personal attributes, such as interest, values, preferences, spiritual beliefs, family, etc.
           Personal Collage: “All About Me” “Future Self”
           Artist Self-expression: Poems, songs, stories

           Self-Expression Interventions
           The Emotional Self
           Goal: Help adolescents identify and refine their own preferred means of self-expression
           Music, art, role-playing, circle of trust, “I” statements, board games - find meaning and identify emotions
           Social Development Interventions
           “Teens select friends on the basis of compatibility, shared experiences, and their contribution to the relationship as well as on their personality” (Vernon).
           Goal: Increase social skills and help identify expectations of appropriate relationships
           Model boundaries, group projects, mentor/mentee
           Build Relationships with Students
           Goal: Get to know your students, socialize
           Complement, recognize, and praise when needed and deserved
           Ask students directly, do not assume
           Open-door policy, have office hours, free-periods
           Solution-Focused Program
           Goal: Make problems solvable
           Find the exceptions, help students identify them
           Create the opportunity for change

Resiliency and Grit
           Address community needs
           Help create a curriculum that supports all students
           Motivational Interviewing
           Make the Miracle Question your own

Supporting Administration and Teachers
           Revisit strategies and techniques
           What is working? What needs modifying?
           Recognize strengths
           Build on skills and success
           Pay attention to student needs and define goals
           Focus on the solutions not the problems
           Collaborate and consult


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