Words Matter

Words matter. What we say not only sends a message to others about our beliefs and values, but also about the type of person we are. Is that helpful or hurtful? Will that pull people up or push them down?…

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Feeling Connected?

Community matters. Its true. We all have a need to belong. When we are part of a group, we are afforded both common rituals and a sense of connectedness. Beyond an education, this is what a classroom or school community…

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Time Flies

If time flies when youre having fun, then it is reasonable to believe time virtually stands still when dealing with the difficult behaviors of others. At moments like these, I try to remember, There, for the grace of God, go…

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I’m Engaged!

Now that the start of school is in our rearview mirror, teachers must closely examine instructional practices. Around this time, attention spans begin to wane, and interest in routine assignments drops. This can be a breeding ground for poor behavior…

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Worrywart

Stop being such a worrywart. Seriously. Though I don't have the research to back it up, I hear over 85% of the things we worry about never come to pass. And I'd venture to say most of that 85% are…

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I’m Bored…or Not

"I'm bored!" If I had a dime for every parent who told me his or her son or daughter needed to be moved to a different classroom because his or her child was bored and not being challenged", I would…

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Class Climate Quotient

How's the quality of your CCQ? [Class Climate Quotient] When we walk into a room, we get an immediate feel for the climate. As students enter classrooms at the beginning of the school year their emotional radars are on high…

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The Power of an Interaction

If you want to examine the dynamic of a relationship, study communication patterns and interactions. Watching just one exchange between two individuals can provide much insight into the health of that relationship. As a husband and parent, I consider this…

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The Final Countdown

It's the final countdown. Of course, many teachers are already back, but at least for students, the countdown until the start of school has begun. Remember what it was like purchasing school supplies? buying new clothes? finding out who your…

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