Be Present

Did you know the brain remembers beginnings and endings? The start and end of something capitalizes on novelty, which the brain attends to and better retains. If you have yet to finish the school year, you may want to use…

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Mayday!

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Did you know this is an international distress signal? (the origin of which comes from the French word m’aider, which means, “Help me.”) How serendipitous for teachers, as it seems every day in May warrants the use…

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Teacher-Moms Rock

When a teacher becomes a mom, she is forever changed. Being a teacher-mom is a beautiful gift in that she plays the dual role of seeing her students through the eyes of parent and teacher. As with any change in…

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Stormy Weather

Happy May. What is that adage? April showers bring May flowers? As an educator, flowers aren’t the first things that come to mind when you say the word May. Hectic schedules…yes. Long days…yes. Crazy behaviors…yes. Tepid showers and peaceful flowers…not…

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Future Returns

“Past performance is not indicative of future returns.” Hmmm. Though this is a business finance quote; I wonder… I actually think it is important to look at the past to inform the future. However, we do need to keep in…

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Kid Karma

“Whoa! What do you do when a person is out of control? I mean, really?” Yes, these were the opening sentences posed to me by one of my children this week, kicking off a fun discussion. As not to misrepresent…

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Reaction or Response?

Ever get mad at individuals for the poor choices they make? Get frustrated because they should know better? Just because a person knows what to do does not mean he or she is able to do it in stressful situations.…

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Spring Fever

If you haven't discovered it yet, the behavior strategies you use with your children and students work with adults, as well. Behavior is behavior, and whether you are five or fifty-five, I believe all individuals do the best they are…

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