Are Kids Reacting Before Thinking?

Date: February 1st, 2023

Here’s an easy way to teach SEL skills to help kids put space between their thoughts and actions.

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Ask Polly: Aggressive Horseplay?

Date: January 29th, 2023

Polly answers the question: “Our middle school boys are very aggressive and ‘hands on’ with each other. I know horseplay is to be expected, but often things get out of hand at lunchtime or in the hallways. What can we do?”

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Behaviors During Share Time?

Date: January 25th, 2023

Are you dealing with behaviors when kids are sharing during morning meeting? This is what I do…

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Ask Polly: “Mean Girls” In Elementary School

Date: January 21st, 2023

Polly answers the question: “I have a situation of “mean girls.” These girls are ruthless! They find joy in making someone cry. Some days, I want to cry. I know I can’t make them be nice, but what can I do for the other kids who take the brunt of their meanness?”

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What Kids Need After Massive Uncertainty

Date: January 18th, 2023

What do kids need after the uncertainty of the past two years?

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Ask Polly: Problematic Dress? Behavior? Speech?

Date: January 14th, 2023

Polly answers the question: “I work in a Vocational Technical School and the kids are very motivated to learn in their shops which is great! But our concern is that when we place them in Co-ops and internships some of them are so inappropriate in dress, behavior, and speech that we’re losing business partnerships. What can we do?”

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Escalating Behaviors Calls for Consistency

Date: January 11th, 2023

If we are not consistent with a child whose behavior escalates, then they will continue to push that behavior to see what happens.

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Ask Polly: A Lot of Bus Behaviors?

Date: January 7th, 2023

Polly answers the question: “My 7th graders are getting a lot of bus ‘write ups.’ As their teacher, is there anything I can do to help with that?”

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Dealing With a Chair Thrower?

Date: January 4th, 2023

Every adult needs to be on the same page when dealing with a chair thrower.

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Ask Polly: Cussing In Elementary School

Date: December 31st, 2022

Polly answers the question: “I have a student who cusses like you wouldn’t believe! I spend all day kicking him out and sending him down to the office only so he can return and say, “Well that was fun, the office sucks, too!” How should I respond and what’s the best consequence to stop this?”

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