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Difficult Behaviors, Creative Solutions

Originally aired on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Presenter: Syneva Barrett, MAEd
For: Teachers (both novice and experienced) of Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary students; as well as school and teacher education program administrators

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$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person) 
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


“I’ve told them a million times…”

Do you feel trapped by episodes of unwanted classroom behavior that repeat day after day? Learn 3 simple Montessori-friendly steps that can be applied to any classroom management problem so that you can inspire the behavior you want from a diverse group of students:

  1. Look to the environment.
  2. Look to yourself.
  3. Look to the child.

According to presenter Syneva Barrett, we often skip too quickly to the last step. However, we must learn to look to the environment first, as it is the easiest thing to change. To this end, Syneva will suggest modifications that you can make, offering examples from her experiences as a field consultant and classroom management instructor working with a wide variety of teachers in public, private, and charter school settings.

For step 2, Syneva will present reflective practices for examining one’s own behavior. “It is important to model what we want from the children,” she says. “We will focus on techniques to identify and make changes in ourselves that will create the change we want in the classroom.

For step 3, she will explore tips from 2 resources: Relationship-Driven Classroom Management, by John M. Vitto, and Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful, by Donna Bryant Goertz. Both focus on how to create positive relationships with diverse students.

The session will close with an open discussion, using the 3 steps to dissect your most difficult classroom management issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain the ability to solve difficult behavior problems in your own environment. 
  • Discover 2 great resources for expanding relationship-building techniques and intervention strategies that can be used with students of any age group.

In addition, you will leave with sample observation forms and plentiful real-life examples that will inspire solutions that can be applied in your classroom immediately after the webinar.

About the Presenter

Syneva Barrett, MAEd, is the program director for St. Catherine University Advanced Montessori Programs in St. Paul, MN. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I-II).  Syneva currently teaches Classroom Management and Leadership for St. Catherine University.

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