Survivor: The Classroom

Up for a new adventure? I’m thinking about pitching a new reality television series: Survivor: The Classroom. Contestants are first divided into tribes, and then individually placed in classrooms abounding with students struggling with cognitive and behavioral challenges. With minimal…

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The Long and Winding Road

Keep things in perspective. This is just the beginning of the school year. Students are settling in, parents are adjusting, and teachers are working to break poor habits students have developed. All of these changes can present challenges, so do…

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Do The Right Thing

Older folk are familiar with these adages: “Leave things nicer than you found them.” “Think not of what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” These messages have a focus of others, not…

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Positive Interactions

Ever notice how you can walk into a school or classroom and get a feel for the climate without anyone saying a word? At the beginning of the year every individual has the opportunity to contribute to the overall emotional…

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Find The Balance

Just a word of caution for all you teachers: Your work is not your home. Your job should not be your life. I may be stating the obvious, but often times, in an attempt to do our job well, we…

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A Place To Call Home

It seems as if Juan Pablo the Chameleon is Movin’ on Up.  (Cue the theme song from The Jeffersons.)  Yesterday, we decided to upgrade Juan Pablo’s living quarters, as he was quickly outgrowing his original one.  As I transitioned him…

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My Mind Is My Weapon

This weekend, I came face-to-face with the realization that teachers make a huge difference.  I am stating the obvious, but sometimes we need reality to slap us in the face, lest we forget. It has been a busy few days…

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Habitual Parenting

The older I get, the more I realize how important the role of rituals play in parenting.  It’s true.  We are all creatures of habit and I believe the early interactional patterns parents establish with their children can be a…

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Don't Make Me Laugh

Ah, yes.  One day I will look back at this and laugh.  So, why can’t that be today?  Ever find yourself just a wee bit frustrated, while those around you (usually children) are terribly amused?  Of course, this only adds…

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