Getting Billy to Yes from No, No, NO!

Date: April 25th, 2013

Five-year-old Billy is easy to spot. He is large for his age; his shock of black hair is tousled and dark circles sit beneath his eyes. His little blue plaid shirt is half untucked, and his black sneakers are worn. A bit of breakfast is stuck to his cheek. Billy is seated apart from the other kindergartners, all of whom are scrubbed and shiny looking. The classroom is calm and quiet except for the scratching of yellow pencils on paper.

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Why I don’t call a behavior “inappropriate” or “unacceptable”

Date: April 18th, 2013

Watch this video [2:56] to learn why describing a behavior as “unacceptable” doesn’t help us change it, which is our goal.

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Why I don’t like to send kids out of my class.

Date: April 11th, 2013

Watch this video [1:13] to learn why Polly thinks twice before sending one of her students down to the office, instead of managing their behavior herself.

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How an Automatic Thought can totally rule your brain

Date: April 4th, 2013

Watch this video [2:33] if you think your Automatic Thoughts can’t totally dominate your actions. To manage a kid’s behavior, you first must have control over your own head.

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