[Teach the Teacher] Visual Instruction Plans

Visual Instruction Plans

VIPs are a way to present new information to students who don’t seem to understand what to do after you have just finished explaining the material.

VIPs present instructions to a student in “picture” format one step at a time.

The purpose of a VIP is to reduce the amount of time you (the teacher) spends in one-on-one “tutoring” mode. It also helps students to become more independent workers.

First read Weaning the Helpless Handraisers, Part 1 . This will prepare you for the Visual Instruction piece Weaning the Helpless Handraisers, Part 2

And finally, read A More Detailed Article on VIPs with Sample Lesson Plans.

Then, work on creating Visual Instruction Plans for your students.

Guiding Young Children’s Behavior

Here is some Early Childhood Education material for the teacher.  Print it out from here  Sample Chapter 5 (1208.0K)

Chapter 5 Guiding Young Children’s Behavior


What’s Wrong with Punishment?
Side Effects of Punishment


Learning from Consequences
Setting Limits
Teaching Children to Express Their Feelings
Modeling Prosocial Behaviors




• what to expect of children at each developmental level.
• why spanking and other forms of punishment don’t work.
• what you can do instead of punishing.
• why time-out doesn’t always work.
• how children learn from experiencing consequences.
• why children need limits.
• what “testing the limits” means.
• how to use redirection and avoid power struggles.
• why it is important to accept children’s feelings.
• how important it is for adults to set good examples for children.
• how to read behavior as communication.
• how to prevent misbehavior.
• how to deal with particularly challenging behaviors.
• why relationships are important to effective guidance strategies.

Sample Chapter 5 (1208.0K)

Tools for Teaching: Room Arrangement

Effective room arrangement is part of a functioning classroom management strategy. It keep students from goofing off.

The best room layout includes wide walkways in a compact arrangement. A good room layout allows you to get from any student to any other student with the fewest steps. Consider the following as you think about room planning.

1–Proximity Zones. Imagine you are in the center of a 3 concentric rings. The ring (zone) nearest you is colored Red; the next out is Yellow; the furthest out is colored Green.

Students in the “red zone” won’t misbehave because you are near them. Those in the “yellow zone” proceed with caution. And the “green zone” means go (wild)!

2–Work the Zones. Students enter and leave the 3 zones as you move around the room. So, if you want all students to behave, walk around.

3–Teacher’s Desk. Put it in the back of the room or in a corner.

4–Student’s Desk. Move student desks near the whiteboard. Create walkways so that you can get to students easily.

Sample Room Arrangements

(photos linked in)

Get out your Teach the Teacher Journal (a spiral notebook).
–Why is a classroom management system necessary?
–How does working the zones disrupt the disruption?
–Research room diagrams for teaching. Which one works best for you?

Design Your Room Arrangement
Use graph paper to draw your room arrangement. Spend about 10 minutes on this.

Room Planning Goals
–Bring student desks forward
–Generous walkways and aisles to avoid stepping on things
–Include a “loop” in the middle of the room
–Arrange students in pairs if possible

Source: Tools for Teaching by Dr. Fred Jones for Education World

Up Next, insha’Allah Tools for Teaching, Praise, Prompt, and Leave

Professional Development: Individual Behavior ManagementPlans

Fred Jones’s Tools for Teaching
Tools for Teaching Implements PBIS
PBIS defines secondary prevention largely in terms of individualized behavior management programs to eliminate persistent problems or group interventions to teach social skills.

Ken Shore: Classroom Problem Solver
The Whiner
The student who constantly responds in a shrill, high-pitched voice can frustrate and exasperate even the calmest teacher.

Professional Development: Five Steps to Teaching Any Character Trait

I have found myself having to teach good character along with teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Having articles like the ones below helped a lot!
" . . . far too many of their students do not know the meaning of critical character traits."
" . . . students learn character traits is by watching others do things right."

Read full article here: Five Steps to Teaching Any Character Trait

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Good Character.com
Lesson plans, guides, and essays designed to help children make good choices.

Better World Project
Free printable resources that address such issues as conflict resolution, citizenship, human rights, and volunteering.

Cyber Nation
An interactive online simulation game where users can create and manage their own nation.

Classroom Management: Behavior Management Resources

A great collection of articles, printables, and ideas to help you manage behavior in the classroom.

Managing a classroom involves more than simply punishing unwanted behavior. It involves rewarding students for their effort and work.

There are some people who do not believe in rewarding students. Do they not stop to think of how knowing that Allah will reward us with something good, motivates us to do good things?

Enjoy these tips!

Behavior Management
From behavioral observation to conflict resolution, our printables and articles will help you manage classroom discipline.

Life Skills Lesson Plans (all grades)

This site has free Character Education (Life Skills) materials.

Teaching Guides for elementary, middle, and high school includes

  • Discussion Questions
  • Writing Assignments
  • Student Activities

Go to Site  – Character Education – Life Skills

Reinforcement for Children with ADD

Reinforcement is defined as anything that increases the strength of a behavior.  When you reward your child (reinforcer) for good behavior, the good behavior is repeated. The stronger the reinforcer, the more likely you will get the desired behavior from your child.  Reinforcers can be different things. And everyone has their own preference. Some like money, or food, and others like to receive a “thank you.”  Be sure to read this insightful article.

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