Noah Salzman's Teaching
By: Amy Sloan
Noah Salzman is a behavior teacher. He knows that there is a 100% certainty that sometime during the year, a child will misbehave, and that most teachers always act surprised. He is not one of those teachers. He knows that children should be treated respectfully. If the teacher treats the student with respect, the student should do the same to the teacher. Noah does not believe in the word try. "Try is weak," he says. "You have to do."
Noah also believes in staying calm. If a teacher is mean, does something mean, or says something mean, the child can feel threatened or upset, and will never forget about it. He thinks that an effective teacher gives choices, follows through with what they say, say what they mean, and mean what they say. When a child does something wrong, Noah is gentle, he drops his tone, and remains calm. First, he says the child's name once, quietly. Instead of yelling at the student, he asks, "Will you stop?" if the student says "No," he repeats himself asking, "Will you stop?" He repeats this until the child says, "Yes."
He does not make the student look at him when he is asking them to stop what they are doing. He says that when teachers make the students look at them, they may feel threatened, so while he talks to them, he does not force them to.
Mr. Salzman is a kind and effective behavior teacher who does not make his students feel uncomfortable in any way. He talks in a low voice instead of yelling, and always remains calm.