Working directly with Scott has been the single most valuable experience I have had when it comes to learning how to work with challenging students. He has trained me to use Calm and Assertive procedures, as well as skills from Love and Logic, to be successful in teaching my students this year. I believe that these skills have worked far better than any other skills I have been taught, and since I have been trained by Scott, my quality of teaching (and life in general), has been positively transformed. I am less stressed, slower-to-anger, and I truly feel that I am making a difference in the lives of my students.
In the beginning of this school year, many of my students engaged in behaviors that were very distracting to the learning environment of the classroom. Some of my students flipped their desks, laid on the floor during instruction, left the classroom without my permission, screamed cusswords at me and other students, engaged in fights daily, and refused to do their schoolwork. I attempted to use various behavior charts, the schoolwide Class Dojo, timeouts, parent phone calls, calls to administration, and nothing was truly helping. I started using techniques learned from Scott and I can say, without a doubt, that my classroom has been completely transformed. I no longer see any of the issues listed above, and very seldom have to call for administration to assist with challenging students in my classroom. My students are respectful, responsible, and hold themselves accountable for their own actions. They are self-regulated, and they value their education. This is an incredible feeling to have as an educator.
I truly feel that the skills I have learned from Scott have made me effective in managing behaviors in my classroom. I have been told by multiple people that I have strong classroom management skills and I give all credit to my training with Scott Ervin.
Ashley Owen, Dayton Public Schools, Ohio