The Rule of 3 and More Lessons from 2nd Grade
She must have some secret signs that only her students understand because I heard no words from Mrs. Lynch to Zach but suddenly the second grader’s head went down and when everyone else went to recess, you got it, Zach had to stay in and have a little talk with Mrs. Lynch.
We’re continuing Lessons from 2nd Grade. In the last few e-newsletters I’ve been passing on the workforce management tips I’ve learned from watching a skilled teacher, my sister, Jeanine Lynch, manage her “workforce” of 28 children. She is tasked with teaching a year of knowledge and developing good citizens. How important is that?!
So, watching young Zach being chastened with no perceptible action on Mrs. Lynch’s part, I wondered what must have happened to set this up, or is it magic? We all remember “the look” as well as the encouraging words that reward and we can probably agree a good teacher does work magic. But their magic takes work.
Make Your Own Magic
Teachers start communicating classroom rules and standards the first day of school and they don’t stop. Are you clear on your expectations of your employees?
Teachers give immediate reinforcement on rules and standards? She sees it, she handles it. Do you put off addressing bad behavior longer than is healthy for you and your employees?
Here we are again on the topic that comes up all the time in coaching and workshops — avoiding disagreeable situations. To help you decide when to take action may I suggest you follow The Rule of 3? The first time bad behavior occurs you notice it. The second time think “pattern”. The third time it happens speak to the person about the pattern. Pretty simple. Tackle it early and keep it low key.
With a look a teacher chastens, with encouraging words she rewards, and with a hug she says I’m here for you and you’re going to do just fine in the world. They have to work at classroom management but they’re magic too.