Disorganization Is Not Bad Behavior!

Date: September 13th, 2022

Organization is a cognitive skill. It’s not bad behavior when a kid is disorganized!

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Assume Kids DO NOT Have Skills

Date: June 19th, 2022

We make things easier for ourselves when we stop assuming kids have certain skills already. Instead, assume they DON’T have those skills and go ahead and teach them!

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Managing and Changing Difficult Classroom Behavior: A Practical, Uncomplicated Approach for Now and the Future

Date: May 9th, 2022

During the last two challenging years, the typical school day was everything BUT typical. Skills have been lost, behaviors have accelerated, many children are traumatized, and we are exhausted. But there are all those behaviors to deal with, and all those academic gaps to close. Returning to ‘normal’ has turned out to be daunting. To […]

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Sending Kids to the Office is a Bad Idea

Date: April 17th, 2022

When I was a classroom teacher, I did not send kids to the office unless they were shutting down my instruction. And here’s why you shouldn’t either.

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Any Behavior is a Skill Deficit

Date: March 6th, 2022

When we see or hear a behavior, we really need to stop and think about what skill is lacking. If we don’t do this, how can we teach that missing skill?

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Behavior 101: Don’t Take the Bait!

Date: February 27th, 2022

Here are some tips to help prevent getting “baited” by a student’s behavior.

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I Did NOT Send Kids Out of My Class

Date: September 26th, 2021

When you send a kid to the office for bad behavior, two things happen. 1) It tells the kid that you can’t handle him and 2) you turn your control over to the office.

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A Different Response to RUDE %#$@!!!

Date: July 25th, 2021

It’s very hard not to be indignant when a kid is rude to us. But is that the best response? Here’s what I do instead.

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Teach Self-Regulation in 3 Steps

Date: July 4th, 2021

Here are 3 easy steps to teach self-regulation. And remember, self-regulation is a big part of intervention.

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What SEL Skills Are Needed to Access That Lesson?

Date: June 27th, 2021

If you know kids don’t have the SEL skills to access a lesson you’re planning, then it’s time for an intervention! And what an excellent way to prevent behaviors!

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