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Setting Limits Program

Practical & Powerful Classroom Management!

Setting Limits Enables Educators to Effectively Engage with

Students of Any Learning Style and Temperament &

Manage 95% of All Behaviors in Their Classrooms!

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5 Program Highlights

1)  Mastering Routines

2) Understanding Student Temperaments

3) Recognizing Ineffective & Disproportionately Harmful Classroom              Management Approaches

4) Learn the Art of Setting Limits

5) Ultra-Personalized Support

#1  Effective procedures prevent behavioral issues before they arise.

The number one behavioral problem is NOT discipline.

It's the lack of structure & routines.

When students master procedures, the classroom runs smoothly and efficiently, and more time is spent teaching & learning!

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For every routine headache that teachers experience,

there is a procedural solution!

27% increased on-task time just by greeting students at the door everyday! 

The power in the little things.

#2   90% of behavioral problems are caused by 10% of the students, but they are not  "bad kids." They really just want to know:

We help you recognize the three main student temperaments

Aggressive Researchers - strong willed students who test adults to determine how far they can go and what the actual limits of the classroom are.

Compliant students almost always follow the rules. 

Fence Sitters can go either way depending on how you respond to your Aggressive Researchers. 

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Student Temperaments

How a teacher responds to their testing determines the real rules of the class.
(And btw 90% of how a teacher conveys their limits is non-verbal: 😠, 😞, or 🙂)

At Setting Limits, we prepare teachers to confidently enforce their rules fairly and firmly with even the most Aggressive Researchers.

Setting Limits replaces biased and emotional responses with equitably effective systems.

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Consistency            Less Testing                More Time Learning.

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#3   Discipline is NOT a dirty word and consequences do NOT need to hurt to be effective.

Most teachers respond to discipline issues in one of  three ways:
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Pleads & negotiates.

Rules are optional.

Respectful, without limits.

Strong-willed kids run the show.



Flips between the two


Scolds, shames, humiliates.

Consequences must hurt.

Firm, but not respectful or fair.

These three approaches share similar results
  • Damaged relationships

  • Harms some students more than others 

  • An unsafe learning community

  • Lost learning time

  • Fast track to teacher burnout

With Setting Limits, teachers shed these ineffective & harmful approaches and learn how to be both firm and fair.

Create safe learning environments where administration, teachers, & ALL students thrive!

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# 4   The power of Setting Limits is in its simplicity.

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This universal framework works so well because it:

  • Can apply to nearly any behavioral issue

  • Gives teachers the confidence to manage those issues equitably & effectively

  • Sets clear limits for students while giving them control & agency over the outcome

  • Empowers students to choose to cooperate or face a logical consequence

Let's look at a common classroom management "dance" before & after Setting Limits training. 


SCENARIO: Students are working on a poster board with their groups in Ms. Jones room. Her “favorite” student, Charlotte, keeps disrupting her group by calling out to her friends at another table. Ms. Jones needs to get Charlotte to refocus and help her team but just can’t get off the dance floor…

Ms. Jones: Charlotte, your team needs your support. Could you please stay focused?

Charlotte: Okay, I’ll focus.

Two minutes later, Charlotte is walking around and talking with her friends. The dance has begun.

Ms. Jones: (getting annoyed) “Charlotte didn’t we talk about this? Stay on task with your group, okay? I don’t want to have to tell you again.”

Charlotte: I was just getting help from Tori. 

Ms. Jones: Well, you really need to stay with your group. Please rejoin them.

Charlotte: Fine, I’ll be right there.

Three minutes later, Charlotte is now passing notes to Tori at the other table. 

Ms. Jones: (getting angry) “Charlotte, this is the last time I’m going to tell you before I have to separate you. It's not fair to your group that you are not helping.”

Charlotte: “Gosh, I am helping my group. Look at how much I have done already, right Mike?”

Ms. Jones: You still shouldn’t be passing notes to other groups. Please stick to your team, okay?

Five minutes later, Charlotte is again talking to friends at another table. Ms. Jones is getting exhausted from all this dancing.

Ms. Jones: That’s it, Charlotte I’ve had it! Go work at the back table by yourself because you can’t be trusted to work with a group! 

Unfortunately, this is an all too familiar story. Luckily, once teachers have the proper support and tools, they are empowered to write a whole new story.

SCENARIO: Ms. Jones went through a Setting Limits training and knows the importance of setting clear limits, giving students a choice, and then following through with consequences when needed. 

Ms. Jones: Charlotte, you need to stay on task with your group or you are going to have to work by yourself in the reset area. What would you like to do?

Charlotte: I’ll work with my group! 

Two minutes later, Charlotte is walking around and talking with her friends…An invitation to dance…

Ms. Jones: Charlotte, please pick up your work and go to the reset area, you are going to work by yourself for the rest of the activity.

Charlotte: I’m sorry! I’ll stick with my group- I promise! 

Ms. Jones: That's a great choice for next time, but right now you need to work by yourself.

What Students Learn Before Setting Limits

  • Rules are optional

  • They always get a second chance

  • Its fun to push Ms. Jones' buttons

  • The Aggressive Researchers are really in charge

What Students Learn With Setting Limits

  • Ms. Jones' limits are firm

  • Students are held accountable for their actions

  • Students are expected to meet high expectations

  • Ms. Jones is confidently in charge of the classroom

#5   The importance of ultra-personalized, ongoing support.

There are two areas where other programs come up short.

  1. Over-generalized and impractical recommendations & strategies
  2. Lack of ongoing support  

At Setting Limits we provide ultra-personalized support to meet each school and team member's individual circumstances on an on-going basis.

Customizable Workshops

Rich Resource Library

Teacher Coaching 

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Administrator Coaching

Office Hours

& Feedback

Because we are not satisfied with a little better...
We aim for transformation!
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