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I’ll Cover Your Back!

“I’LL COVER YOUR BACK:” Marilyn Scott of the Rose City Middle School in North Little Rock, Arkansas, shares a great idea that deepens a relationship with a potentially difficult student while it diminishes problem behavior. She calls the intervention, “Trust Me; I’ll Cover Your Back.”

Marilyn initiates this intervention with the whole class, sharing that, if she circles a problem on a student’s paper, it is a guarantee it is CORRECT. (Now, isn’t that exactly the opposite of how it worked when you and I were in school? If a teacher ever circled something on my paper, it generally meant, “You might want to look at that one again.”)

As students are working on an assignment in class, Marilyn moves about the room checking and circling problems on students’ work. If she asks for volunteers to put the problem on the board, students with circled work know they won’t be embarrassed. It builds confidence and it builds trust with the teacher. Confidence and trust can reduce difficult behavior a bunch. Marilyn adds:

I roll my chair up and down the aisles as I check papers. It puts me on the same level with the students, and it helps foster a team atmosphere.

James D. Sutton, EdD, CSP
Consulting Psychologist/Certified Speaking Professional
PO Box 672, Pleasanton, TX 78064


November 28, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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