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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I Can Relate

“How do you teach empathy?” I’m often asked this question, and I’m not sure I have the best answer. I believe empathy comes from a place of understanding, born out of healthy relationships, and oftentimes, shared experiences. The stronger the…

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2018 Summer Workshops

Given the interest, I will be hosting four different workshops this summer in San Antonio, TX: 06.07.18 Songs and Lessons for Better Behavior 06.08.18 Positive Behavior Principles 07.24.18 Teach Skills and Break Habits 08.02.18 MORE Songs and Lessons for Better…

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Squirrel

Distraction – It’s a horrible thing. Is it any wonder why our kids don’t pay attention? It’s hard to attend to any one thing when the world in which we live is moving faster than the speed of light. Novelty…

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Adjusting Our Sails

It was an interesting two days of travel, to say the least. To my recollection, we have seen frozen precipitation drop from the sky a handful of times since we’ve lived in San Antonio over the past 25 years. This,…

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Independence

Independence has a taken on a new meaning for me now that my children are older. As we speak, my second born son is in Oklahoma on a weekend road trip. He called my wife from a friend’s house and…

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Survival of the Fittest

And thus it begins – the last week dash toward the winter break. We know students and staff members are stir-crazy. So, we must be aware this will impact behavior on many levels. Step One: Slow down. Modeled behaviors are…

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Less is More.

Feeling a bit exhausted? Yes. This is a common state, especially for those in the teaching trade. My wife is getting ready to leave for science camp with an excited group of squirrely fifth graders, and thus, seems to be…

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