New Year's Resolutions

Happy 2016. Consider kicking off the new semester with New Year’s resolutions. Work with your students on setting a behavioral and/or an academic goal. I tell younger students, “One goal is to make our heart happier and the other is…

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Silly Boys

Sometimes the best answer is laughter. As I mentioned in a post over the summer, trying to capture a decent St. Romain family photo can be excruciating. However, today our whole family was more amused than frustrated, so we survived…

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Growing Pains

It appears growing pains are not just for reserved for youth. We all go through stages that test our patience, understanding, and skill. Individuals who fare best are those with a growth mindset open to changing perspectives and strategies based…

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Be Present

Novelty escalates behavior. Teachers know this all too well around this time of year, having to work very hard to keep student behaviors in check. The weeks leading up to a holiday break often bring out the good, the bad,…

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Enjoy the Journey

Perspective and attitude carry a great deal of weight when it comes to behavior. I need to keep this in mind as I move into the month of December. Of course, my tendency is to speed up. I work to…

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Wait For It…

Read a good book for pleasure lately? If so, I’m thinking you’re not a young adult. I just don’t seem to see as many teens immersed in books. This doesn't surprise me. When reading a story, a person often has…

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Back Away

I’m discovering that my blogs targeting survival of the teenage years seem to be multiplying. This week’s focus? Painfully, (at least for me) this post is about choices and consequences. Some lessons individuals just have to learn on their own,…

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Goofy Behaviors

Goofy kids can drive me nuts. This is especially true when the kids are masterfully disguised as teenagers. Last night I was the lone person at my house distributing candy to the neighborhood “children”. It was amazing to me how…

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Don't Feed The Beast

I wonder how many behaviors I inadvertently feed by attending to them. It’s so hard for me to refrain from giving a knowing look or small comment when bad behaviors surface. Unfortunately, these small bits of attention just feed the…

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Processing Time

I have a great cartoon. A student has his hand raised and when the teacher calls on him, he says, “Mrs. Osborne, may I be excused? My brain is full.” In our world of ever-higher rigor, be aware of signs…

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