Hello and Happy October!
The Incredible Years® (IY) Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) Program is intended to help teachers (of children ages 3-8) strengthen their classroom management strategies. It helps teachers learn fun, new ways to promote children’s prosocial behavior, school readiness, and also reduce children’s classroom aggression and noncooperation. We have a few exciting things that we would like to share with you today about this program!
1. Important Research
2. New Videos
A new article has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of School Psychology about the IY TCM Program. Judy Hutchings, Ph.D. (in Wales) reported on a randomized control group trial (RCT) with 12 teachers and 107 students. Her primary outcome measure was independent classroom observations that showed that there was a significant reduction in classroom off-task behavior and child negative behaviors toward the teacher as well as to teacher negative interactions with target students. The preliminary results suggest the potential impact of this program on both teacher and child behavior.
A second report on the IY TCM Program came out of Ireland by Sinead McGilloway and her research team. Her randomized control group study included 24 teachers and 217 children and used independent observations as outcome measures. These results indicated that teachers who had taken part in the training were using significantly fewer negative classroom management strategies (e.g., fewer threats and less shouting) and they reported using more positive strategies. Observations indicated a significant decrease in emotional symptoms in the intervention group compared with the control students. Further sub-group analyses indicated those children most ‘at risk’ derived the most benefit from the program. A recent follow-up study showed that one year later, teachers reported they continued to confidently use the positive management strategies and described the classroom as a calmer and more pleasant place to work. Satisfaction with the program was very high.
Several more RCTs are being conducted with the IY TCM Program at Duke University, University of Missouri, the United Kingdom and Norway. Stay tuned for more results regarding this program!
Recently, we added a new video series to our website and YouTube channel that highlights the Teacher Classroom Management Program – have you seen it yet?! The series highlights participant reflections based on their experiences with the TCM Program. These videos are available on our website, on YouTube, and (very soon) in DVD format (contact us for a copy!)
Schools can use these videos to encourage teacher participation in this program. Results from TCM program research show that teachers who participate in the program develop support networks with other teachers and parents, feel confident about their classroom management strategies, and report classrooms with fewer behavior problems. As a result, teachers are able to more academic teaching.
There are 8 total segments and each segment addresses a different topic…
- Overview of the TCM Program
- Foundation of the Incredible Years Teaching Pyramid
- Managing Classroom Misbehavior
- Teacher Experiences Learning the Program
- Trainer Experiences Working with Teachers
- The Bedrock of Children’s Academic Learning
- Research Regarding the Program
- Dissemination, Certification, and Need for Ongoing Support and Mentoring
Whew! That’s a lot of information to cover! Each segment is under 10 minutes, and we really hope you will take a look at these when you have some spare time. See below for the first segment, “Overview of the TCM Program” OR click here to view all the video segments.
~The Incredible Years Team