Have my readers understood what the purpose of my previous three posts on CM has been? If not, I will repeat:
1. CM is a function of good teaching that keeps the kids engaged in class so that they can’t act out. That – as I stated in the previous posts in this series – is 95% of the CM problem. I have never been able to find nor invent myself anything that even approaches the StarChart™ in terms of good teaching. If I had I would have been singing its praises. But I haven’t. Fine. Just use what you have and let’s hope it works in keeping kids truly engaged in class. And good luck with that without the Star.
2. TEACHING WELL IS 95% OF THE CM BATTLE IN CI AND WE ALL – EVERYONE IN OUR CI COMMUNITY – WILL FIND OURSELVES IN MUCH STRONGER COMMAND OF OUR CLASSES IN TERMS OF THE CM PIECE THE MOMENT THAT WE LEARN TO TEACH WELL, AND FOR ME THAT MEANS USING THE STAR BECAUSE IT IS SIMPLE FRICKIN’ BETTER AND HOLDS THE KIDS’ ATTENTION SO THAT THEY DONT’ ACT OUT.
3. The other 5% of the CM puzzle is narcissism but it’s a BIG 5%, if you will.
4. So, my new formal position on classroom management is based on the idea that good teaching and good CM are ONE AND THE SAME THING AND ARE NOT SEPARATE LIKE SO MANY CI CURRENTLY TEACHERS THINK (THEY THINK THAT CM AND TEACHING ARE SEPARATE THINGS BUT THEY ARE WRONG ON THAT POINT).
I’ll add to this series of posts on CM as we go along. But I think I’m right on this. It’s new to my way of thinking. There IS no classroom management per se. There is only good teaching. And among the 19 books I’ve written on CI over the past 20 years, the latest two that are centered around the StarChart™ are the only ones that bring truly engaged kids.
So if you are having difficulties with your CI kids now in April, you need to teach better (95% of the solution) and also you need to learn how to RECOGNIZE and REACT INSTANTANEOUSLY TO RUDE KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY THE NARCISSISM SPIDER. If you do those two things, you will see something.