How I lost control of my class by asking the wrong question.

Date: October 29th, 2013

I’d just finished taking attendance in my high school language arts class for pregnant teens with special needs.

Everyone was settled in their orange plastic seats, eyes front, and I was about to start our first activity when Tiffany walked in late with a pass.

I took it, silently, placed it on my desk, and continued my instruction to the class. That was Monday.

On Tuesday, Ramona was late. Unlike Tiffany the day before, she did not have a pass. Again, I was in the middle of instruction.

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Don’t invite behaviors – identify needed social skills

Date: October 24th, 2013

Watch this video [1:08] to see why I think teaching social skills in your classroom is VITAL for academic success.

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Why we don’t want to ban recess games

Date: October 17th, 2013

Watch this video [1:31] to see why we do NOT want to outlaw the games kids play at recess.

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Unrealistic behavior goals will crash and burn

Date: October 9th, 2013

Watch this video [1:08] to see how I make behavior goals realistic.

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Do you try to reason with a student who’s escalated?

Date: October 3rd, 2013

Watch this video [1:05] to see what to do when a child is angry.

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