Organic vs. Acquired Behavioral Problems

We have spent a good deal of our Thursday conversations talking about where behaviors come from, the purpose they serve, how our experiences play a role in our choices, and last week we talked about the relevancy of antecedent events.

The Game of the Week | Sportsmanship

This past week the sports world was in full tilt. We had Super Bowl Sunday plus a full slate of college and professional basketball games followed immediately by college football’s National Signing Day. For a sports fan, it is a great time of the year. But let me tell you about the best game I saw all weekend.

Where Behaviors Begin

In our last behavior conversation we laid out the A-B-C process for changing behaviors. It is a complicated but straight-forward process.

The Teacher Dropout Rate

An interesting study from Alliance for Education Excellence found here provides some interesting findings on why teachers are leaving the teaching profession.

A Tragic Indifference to Violence

[caption id="attachment_328" align="alignright" width="410"] We are becoming desensitized to violence as a nation.[/caption] I was watching the news last night and it was chilling when the newsman said, “Well here we go again, another shooting at a mall in …”

The Social Funnel

Over the last several weeks we have talked about behavior influencers and social and emotional catalysts and impediments. It is important to know these things because you need to understand the baseline kids are coming from if you want to change their behaviors. Over the next several weeks we are going to break behavior change down into manageable and understandable posits. But before we do, let’s talk honestly about behaviors.

Today I Dream

Today is a day this great nation has set aside to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We know of his unflinching yet unrequited desire for equality. We know of his soaring words and his uncompromising leadership. “I have a dream” shares the same reverence in the annals of American heritage with “Four score and seven years ago”. Standing at the precipice of history, Dr. King chose a path that led millions of people to a better life, even at the cost of his own.

Learning IS a Behavior.

In our conversation last week we talked about the fact that experiences matter. They matter from a decision making as well as a growth and maturity standpoint. What we see and where we go and who is in our lives shape the way we make decisions and therefore the way we behave. You see, it all circles back to the main point that behaviors are learned and therefore, educators must understand, learning is a behavior.

What's Really Changing the World?

In our last behavioral conversation we talked about experiences. We discussed how experiences ranged from those things in which we played an active role to those things in which we were simply observers. These experiences come together to create our “experiential knowledge base”, the culmination of all of our experiences. This knowledge base becomes one of the main drivers for the choices we make and these choices become our behaviors.