Watching an emotional disability in action

Date: November 23rd, 2013

“Spirit Week” was in full swing at Sheldon High. Every year the student council organized a week of activities to promote school spirit, culminating in a football game against our rivals, the Derby Raiders. It was “School Colors Day” and the kids were in high gear. I enjoyed participating and encouraged my students to do the same, but I did it with caution. It’s funny, I know how much they enjoy these social activities, but I’m also keenly aware of the potential for problems when easily escalated, impulsive kids are put into exciting unstructured situations. I couldn’t prevent them from attending, but I could provide a refuge if tensions arose and coping skills were depleted. One student loved these events more than anyone—Luke.

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Oops. I forgot my homework. Again.

Date: November 21st, 2013

Watch this video [1:17] to learn how I teach an unorganized kid to get organized.

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Miss, he just gave you the finger!

Date: November 14th, 2013

Watch this video [1:12] to learn how I respond to behaviors carried out behind my back.

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Don’t wait until a kid kicks the desk over

Date: November 7th, 2013

Watch this video [1:01] to learn what questions I ask myself when I am deciding which behavior to target.

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