Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes

How do you reduce problem behaviors? Could it be as simple as acting out negative behaviors? At first glance, the School Perfect project — where students act out inappropriate stereotypes — may be counterintuitive, however, sometimes kids need to know what NOT to do. Today, we're focusing on two things: a project that is reducing negative behaviors and a story of how one teacher started on his journey of innovation.

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The teacher who has started School Perfect, Todd Clinton @motivatedthe, is a special education teacher in a middle school. He works with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD, and EMD. He was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue his passion of working with kids. He is a proud dad to one and loves teachers so much he married one.

Topics include:

  • Todd Clinton's “School Perfect” YouTube project
  • How this project is reducing negative behaviors in his school
  • How we can use negative and positive modeling to improve classroom behavior
  • His story of innovation and how he's grown through the fear and push to innovate

I hope you enjoy this episode with Todd!

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Todd ClintonMotivated Teacher - cropped image for header

I am a special education teacher, in a middle school. I work with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD and EMD. I was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue my passion of working with kids. I am a proud dad to one and I love teachers so much I married one.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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