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Importance of Attending Massage Therapy School

These days many people are interested in massage therapy; but, they’re not sure as to whether it’s a promising career or not. However, one thing’s for sure – massage centres are all set to grow with the increasing demand by people. Therefore, if you’re a masseur and are good at it you would certainly have plenty of clients to tend to.

There are plenty of reasons as to why you would need to attend massage therapy school if you plan on becoming a professional masseur. Of course you would be able to learn a lot just by watching a masseur do his or her job. But, that wouldn’t help you a bit.

Why attending massage therapy school is a priority

As already mentioned, it’s not going to be of any help to you if you just watch others massaging people rather than going to a school. There are plenty of reasons as to why this is said:

You’ve got no certification!

If you plan on becoming a professional masseur you’re going to need a certificate to prove your qualifications. More importantly if you intend on beginning a private services you’re going to need to showcase your certificates in order to get your clients to trust you.

You learn about the human body

If you’re going to be a good masseur you’re certainly going to have to know a lot about the human body and how it functions. Physiology is one of the subjects that you would be taught in your massage centre.

You need to know this because the positioning of major organs, tissues and muscles is of utmost importance if you’re going to help relieve stress from anyone’s body.

Management skills

As already mentioned, if you’re going to become a professional masseur, there’s a high probability that you may want to be a private masseur and not work under anyone. If that’s the case you’re going to need management skills in order to manage not just your time, but also finances.

You need to be able to keep current clients and at the same time gain the trust of new clients; you don’t just need communication skills for this task, but also management skills as you would need to cater to the needs of various clients at the same time – keeping them all happy.

You have to touch people

There are plenty of people who hate touching other people, but if you’re going to be a masseur you certainly can’t be one of these people. Therefore, at massage school they see to it that you actually massage people.

So, whilst you’re getting training on massage you would also be getting over the fear of touching others. Due to these reasons and the many others it’s really important that you attend massage school.

Middle School Classroom Management – Behavior Action Plan

One of the most difficult skills to master as a teacher is classroom management. Unfortunately, if you can not master this skill you are not going to survive as a teacher, especially as a middle school teacher.

However, when the school year starts, many first-year middle school teachers are pleasantly surprised. All through their teacher training they were told how difficult classroom management at the middle school level can be and how important it is to have effective classroom management skills in order to be a successful teacher.

Yet, during the first days of school there doesn’t seem to be much of a problem…students seem fairly attentive, no one is really talking or passing notes, there certainly hasn’t been anyone talking back or any fights during the first few days…but then things start to change.

You see, those first few days are the honeymoon period…students are nervous and many are a little scared so they sit back and wait. However, by the end of the first week of school, or certainly by the second week of school, middle school students start to feel more comfortable, they start to test the teacher’s limits and classroom management becomes more and more difficult.

It is at this point that many teachers start to panic and immediately resort to various reward/punishment systems, or as Alfie Kohn refers to them…”carrot and stick” systems.

Unfortunately, these elaborate systems are a mistake. They provide only temporary solutions to an ongoing problem. Students who respond to the rewards begin to do their work and behave ONLY if a reward is involved, while at the same time many students who thrive on negative attention actually begin to seek out the punishment.

The better plan is the “proactive approach” to classroom management. The proactive approach is based on the premise that the best classroom management plan is a strong instructional plan…that the key to middle school classroom management is to keep all of your students actively involved in all of your lessons.

Unfortunately, there are times when teachers are still forced to REact. There are times when the teacher has used every proactive trick in the book and still a student does something that requires the teacher to react.

HOWEVER, just because a teacher must react to a situation does mean the teacher must punish the student. The teacher must still save punishment as a last resort only!

So, what’s a teacher to do?

Well here’s an idea…create a “behavior action plan”. Better yet, have the student create the “behavior action plan”.

The key to changing inappropriate student behavior is to have the *student* take responsibility for his actions. First, the student must identify the inappropriate behavior, and then determine why it is inappropriate, and finally, how he plans to stop the inappropriate behavior.

All the teacher needs to do is have the student complete a “behavior action plan”. The plan calls for the student to complete the following three statements:

1. I am writing this plan because I…

2. This behavior was not appropriate because…

3. To prevent this from happening again, I plan to…

Then, at the bottom of the handout make sure to have the student sign his or her name. By signing their name the student is making a promise to follow through with their plan.

In the end, this classroom management approach is significantly better than simply punishing the student for the misbehavior. This classroom management approach has long-term results.