Ask Polly: Motivating Students

Date: November 19th, 2022

Polly answers the question: “My 6th graders are completely apathetic in class. How can I motivate them?”

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Ask Polly: Shocking Speech

Date: October 23rd, 2022

Polly answers the question: “OMG! I have a 1st grade student who says things that are so not OK! Things I’m sure he’s seen on TV or in video games, fly out of his mouth, and it’s shocking! How do I deal with him?”

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Ask Polly: Mean Elementary Kids

Date: October 2nd, 2022

Polly answers the question: “The kids in my 2nd grade class are so disrespectful to one another. They’re really mean! We talk all the time about how to treat others the way we’d want to be treated but they don’t care. How do I get them to be kinder?”

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Ask Polly: Student Mental Health in High School

Date: September 25th, 2022

Polly answers the question: “My high school students have so much on their shoulders and mental health concerns are on the rise! How do I address these challenges without lowering the academic bar?”

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Play Is An Important Part of Learning

Date: September 21st, 2022

Why is it important for kids to play? Because when kids play they learn all their executive function skills, problem solving, boundaries, perseverance, resiliency, decision making, and so much more!

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SEL and Standing in Line

Date: May 15th, 2022

When you teach kids how to stand in line, teach them the SOCIAL SKILLS involved – they can use these the rest of their life.

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Don’t Belong? Harder to Learn.

Date: January 16th, 2022

When kids don’t have a sense of belonging, it makes it difficult for them to learn. And, thanks to the pandemic, many of our students are struggling with feeling like they don’t belong!

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Yes, Kids Can Behave Differently at School Than at Home

Date: November 6th, 2021

Don’t give up on kids who have learned poor behaviors at home! TEACH them how to behave in school! Behaving differently in different environments is a skill that will stay with them for LIFE!

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Consistency SOLVES Behavior Problems

Date: September 19th, 2021

When we are NOT consistent we create behavior problems. END OF STORY!

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Amazing DECREASE in Behaviors, Bullying…

Date: September 5th, 2021

When adults are visible in school hallways, two things happen: behaviors DECREASE, and kids become comfortable with you, just because they SEE you regularly!

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