Brian Mendler Podcasts
During 2010 Brian Mendler held a series of podcasts that outline key strategies and thinking behind dealing with and approaching student behaviour.
Below is the link to listen to the podcasts as well as key elements from each.
Brian MendlerPodcast - Sept 2010
1. Helping parents is the biggest issue in education
2. Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
3. Relationships are so important – what are three things you know about your most challenging student that they do outside of school outside of school
4. Know your students “unbelievably” well.
5. Students listen to teachers only when you have credibility and their trust or a connection with them.
6. If you value something…grade it – Lateness, uniform, manners, organisation. Get students then to help others with the problem.
7. “What do I do when…” figure out what the reason is to why they are misbehaving. Then figure out the - what to do.
8. 4 Reasons children misbehave
Attention – not enough (desperate for attention) or too much at home (expect it at school) Ignore when you can, give private attention. (Bad attention in life is better than no attention)
a. Doctor analogy - same symptom, different reasons.
Power/Control – (responsibility, autonomy, independence) make decisions for themselves. Other kids feel power/control somewhere else in their life.
Competence – feel good at being good at school. Contrive situations for students to succeed - privately. Build, scaffold opportunities for students to succeed. Differentiate.
Belonging – relationships, being a part of something (altruism)
9. Don’t focus on the behaviour, focus on the why. Figure out what is going on below the surface.
Brian Mendler Podcast - Oct 2010
10. Include all kids all the time
11. Mentoring - give guidance and support. Volunteering.
12. Consequences/ Grading what you value – should promote learning.
13. Bullying - Ricky story (19x)– When kids can’t help or control themselves. Practise by role playing to learn behaviours. “I don’t care what you say”…then walk away. ..Kids are sometimes conditioned to react in a certain way. They need to practise to say and do the right thing.
14. Bullying is not worse today than it ever was. It’s always been bad!
15. Bullying education should be as important as other learning areas. 40 minutes of bullying practise and prevention…practise, practise, practise
16. Follow up bullying forms (What I did, What I should have done what I will do next time) are good only if there is follow up practise and training.
17. Trace bullying in the school.
18. Everyone plays a part in bullying. They need to practise what to do. The bully, the victim and the bystanders. There could be a curriculum. A bullying specialist.
19. Retrain student behaviour.
20. Consequences - Doing the same thing and expect a different result. Headache analogy. Headache persists and keep taking Panadol…..
21. Do what’s best for kids. Asking “is this working?” Is it making things better or worse.
22. Talk to kids privately.
23. Reward the whole class not just one person. Keep kids liking each other rather than rewarding just one or two. This pits kids against each other.
24. Competition: good only if people are not forced to do it! Kids competing in a class is not good if they are not willing to compete.
Brian Mendler Podcast Nov 2010
1. Teachers should tackle discipline in the classroom without administration.
2. Things “should be” different for vulnerable students.
3. In regard to academic progress, worry about where kids are, not where they should be.
4. Have a disciple plan to where you want to go, but a plan that is flexible.
5. Look at what is right there, use the interest that the students have.
6. In having a behaviour policy, allow for flexibility. Use judgement, have a policy but all final decisions are made by teachers/people involved.
7. Rearview mirrors analogy for student misbehaviour: Three rearview mirrors in a car (rear mirror and two side view mirrors) so you can look behind you with different perspectives. Students look at their behaviour from different percpectives (their own, other students, teachers...)
8. The front windshield is always larger because moving forward is the most important thing.