Grumble Grumble

Sometimes our colleagues, family members and friends get very frustrated - with behavior, with people, with things "to do"... You know individuals who live in this world and it is not a pretty sight. It is easy to get sucked…

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Ground Yourself

Today in church we celebrated Pentecost, a time when Christians believe the Holy Spirit was sent to provide comfort, guidance and a grounding assurance. It was a day marked by sacrifices. Many people were speaking in different languages, so it…

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"Mom" Appreciation Week

So, it's Mother's Day...and the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. This seems so appropriate, given the overwhelming majority of teachers play the role of surrogate mom about 180 days per year. They nurture, support, encourage, provide boundaries, model, listen, and…

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End on a Positive Note

Now is a great time for all educators to remember the virtue of patience. Be careful teachers. It is quite normal to see an increase in the number of crazy behaviors around this time of the year. Change is hard…

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Limit Electronics Early

Parents, how often do you get into arguments with your children over TV time? Rather than letting your children watch TV indiscriminately for hours on end, require them to choose one or two shows and then record them to be…

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Poor Choice…or not

I believe a critical step in dealing with inappropriate behaviors is determining which are the result of poor choices and which are more likely poor habits. With the human brain wired for survival, only able to consciously attend to one…

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Drawing the Line…Assertively

When I worked in a residential treatment facility many years ago, I helped my students understand the differences among the passive, assertive, and aggressive voice. I pulled this concept out again this week, but this time the lesson was geared…

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Squirrel…or rather, Bunny

Did the Easter bunny hop by your house this morning? All this Easter talk today made me think about two of my boys who had difficulty with “hopping” issues. Our youngest, Max, had attention concerns. He’d “hop” from one thought…

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Needed: School-Wide Support…

When it comes to creating positive behavioral change, individual attention is the way to go. Unfortunately, given most teachers' class size, providing this type of attention is a challenge. In a whole-group setting, teachers control, channel, subdue and maintain, but…

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