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ENVOY-The 7 Gems Training & Coaching

ENVoY’s 7 Gems of Classroom Management – Discover the Power of Influence!

Why do you need ENVoY?
YOU don’t NEED it, but YOU will WANT it when you discover the amazing benefits ENVoY produces! If you want to develop and maintain a culture conducive to a healthy, calm, respectful, and highly productive learning environment for all students, staff, and visitors throughout the school building, the ENVoY 7 GEMS professional development is the training you've been seeking!


What is ENVoY?

ENVoY stands for Educational Non-Verbal Yardsticks. It is a systematic approach of using non-verbal skills to manage students with influence rather than power. Educator and founder of ENVoY, Michael Grinder, observed over 5,000 classrooms and recognized 7 patterns of non-verbal skills teachers who had excellent classroom management used. He noted when these 7 skills, which he named the 7 GEMS of ENVoY, were used, students responded immediately and positively to the teacher’s non-verbal requests.

In a two day workshop, your staff will participate in an engaging and interactive series of activities that will help them learn the mechanics of the 7 Gems and how to manage visually rather than verbally. Participants learn how and why it is important to use location, gesturing, modeling, and timing with minimal voice usage when managing students and maintaining highly productive classrooms. By focusing on the four non-verbal behaviors of our eyes, voice, body, and breathing, staffs practice using the counter-intuitive physical behaviors that make the 7 GEMS so effective.

The 7 GEMS are specific to the 4 Phases of a Lesson: Getting the Class’s Attention, Teaching, Transitioning to Seatwork, and Seatwork. While enjoying fun partner and small group activities, participants learn about their own assets and liabilities of their management styles within each of these phases of a lesson. Veteran teachers will lightheartedly recognize scenarios they have experienced in management conflict and learn how to redefine verbal habits into non-verbal ones. New teachers, just as the veterans, especially enjoy learning quick and specific skills to elicit desired student behaviors within seconds.

In addition to the 7 GEMS, Grinder has identified 24 “refinement” skills that increase the likelihood of successful management while using the 7 Gems. Depending on the size of your staff, the length of your workshop, and the unique needs of your school population, A & J will collaborate with you to determine which ones and how many of the refinement skills you want to be included in your workshop.

Getting started with the 7 GEMS in your school can be done at anytime. You don’t have to wait until next July or August for training. Call or contact A & J today to get more information or to learn how to get this extremely popular and effective workshop for your school staff!


Mastering the 7 GEMS with Coaching

Why is Coaching Needed?
Research reveals that we incorporate only 3% of what we learn simply by attending a training, 10% when the trainer models the skill, 40% when we practice and 50% when we practice and share feedback. The same research shows we incorporate 80% of new learning when we are coached in our professional setting. (Joyce and Showers, Incorporating Training Room Concepts into Daily Habits.)

A & J is dedicated to the concept of helping staffs master content and implement skills taught in trainings. A & J recognizes the value and essential need for follow up and supportive coaching after initial workshop training. Therefore, each ENVoY 7 GEMS workshop is preferably contracted with an all-important coaching component built in.


How Does Coaching Work?
ENVoY coaching is a non-threatening and non-evaluative process whereby a trained ENVoY coach visits a teacher’s classroom for 20 to 30 minutes once or twice a month. During the first half of the visit, the coach watches and records the ENVoY GEMS and other non-verbal and visual management skills the teacher uses, either consciously or unknowingly.

During the second half of the visit, the teacher releases students to seatwork and receives immediate feedback from the coach privately at the back of the classroom. The teacher has a chance to ask questions and get additional ideas and support from the coach. The written record of observed skills and compliments and suggestions is left with the teacher for his or her future use.

Negative comments or evaluative statements are never given by the coach. ENVoY coaches are trained in how to identify non-verbal communication and serve to respect a teacher’s efforts in all cases. The coach will help the teacher identify the skills they will work on before the next visit from the coach, and all communication between the coach and the teacher is kept confidential.


How will staffs and principals know if ENVoY is working in their building?

At regular intervals during the school year the ENVoY coach may do a scan tally of observable skills. This data is presented to the staff and principal as a “group” percentage and in no way identifies individual teachers’ use of the 7 GEMS. This enables staffs to “see” which skills they are using frequently and which ones they may want to pinpoint for future incorporation.

Other data can be collected. Some schools have used discipline referral numbers comparing monthly and yearly occurrences. Standardized test scores have been used as well. When ENVoY is used regularly and consistently, most teachers report they have fewer referrals, more time for content, and more productive seatwork time. These advantages appear to indirectly help improve test scores in schools that implement ENVoY. Also, a post-implementation teacher survey provides data about the teacher’s experiences and perceptions after implementing ENVoY.

More obviously, though, is what one will see and hear throughout an ENVoY school! The classrooms will be calmer, teachers manage respectfully, teacher and student relationships improve, and students are more productive and less dependent on the teacher during seatwork time. When ENVoY is practiced in the common spaces of the school, there are quiet hallways and visuals posted to help students know the expectations.

We offer the following packages:

Package A
Basic Training of 7 Gems
1 day training with 2 trainers
1 day of in-building coaching with 1 coach

Package B
Advanced training of 7 Gems & Refinements
1.5 days training with 2 trainers
2 days of in-building coaching with 1 coach

Package C
In-depth 7 Gems, Refinements & Art of Relationships
2 days training with 2 trainers
3 days in-building coaching with 1 coach

Contact A & J today at 360.798.2800 and let us help your school become a place of focused learning where students and staff exhibit calm and respectful behaviors! We’re waiting to support you! Email jan@train4mastery.com to request an information packet.