Oldies But Goodies Videos


Ask yourself:

1. How could the teacher have prevented that situation from developing?


2. How could s/he have responded at various points during the incident?

(If your answer is "Yell, chastise, punish and belittle.", you need to read more pages on this web site.)


3. How could s/he have responded after the incident?


Amy seeks your help, insisting that she is unable to do the assigned independent work. This behavior is common for Amy.



Craig, a quiet, studious youngster is picked on by others while the class waits to be summoned to the auditorium for an assembly.



David cuts in line as the class prepares to exit the classroom for recess. (Note that he is the second student to do so) He escalates his refusal behavior as the teacher attempts to convince him to move to the end of the line.



Gayle rips up her spelling test and lowers her head onto the table.



Joe, the class clown, is engaging in "passive aggressive" actions. This "playing dumb" behavior infuriates the teacher (although he restrains himself from striking out at the student).



Josh, a distractible youngster, is once again having trouble focusing on the task at hand (attending to the reading of a story).



Mike is writing offensive words on the board. The teacher enters the room and tells him to erase them. Mike and others fail to abide by the direction. WARNING: You will see VERY offensive words in this video clip.



Phil believes that he has already completed the workbook handed to him by the teacher. He claims to have worked in this reading skills booklet during the previous year. (It is the Barnell Loft Reading series. Each reading skill has booklets A-F with each skill area having a different color of print on the cover. Confusion often results among students.)



Shelby is isolated at lunch, but rejects the offers of others to join them.



Pat(rick) stops and shakes vigorously upon entering the classroom. Anxiety attack? Ritualistic behavior? Attention seeking?



Tony is interested in viewing artwork produced by others. He disagrees with the teacher's assessment of the piece.




From 1947. Yes, hair and clothing styles change, but the behaviors remain the same. Stop the video before the new and improved teacher is shown. In the first scenario, what was the teacher doing wrong? What tips would you offer for improvement?  


These teachers should have read this book!

McGown Text of Classroom Management



The youngsters could benefit by reading this book.




Note: While the clothing & hair styles on the actors are outdated, the behaviors are found in today's classrooms. The videos found above are electronic versions of videotaped sequences from around 1978. They were originally developed as part of a grant-funded project (from the then titled "U.S. Office of Education") at the University of Michigan. The videotape was accompanied by some thick paperback text books (Titled "A Study of Child Variance") that explained various theoretical models and their programs & interventions. Some videos with renowned figures in the education of youngsters with behavior disorders were also part of the grant project. Those interviews can be accessed by searching for "Janus Project and MSLBD" or "Child variance". (Be sure to search for "McIntyre".)

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