Our Kids at the Blackboard of Life

I remember standing at the board in 9th grade with a piece of chalk in my hand with the assignment of diagramming a sentence. I had to know where the verb and the noun and the adjective and the prepositions went. Fast-forward a couple of hours and I am back at the board only this time I am doing long division.

Your Experience or Mine?

In our last behavioral conversation we talked about the definition of a behavior. A behavior is the action towards, interaction with, or reaction to a stimulus event. The determining factor in whether or not the stimulus event causes an action, reaction, or interaction is found in your prior experiences and observations.

Today Matters

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A Christmas Smile

As a preteen in Big spring Texas I used to dream about owning a BMX bicycle. In the early 80s if a 12-year-old boy had BMX dirt bike bicycle he was definitely one of the cool kids.

Remembering is Not Enough

The human spirit is remarkably resilient. We can endure and overcome and bear witness to events that should cripple us emotionally. Yet we bounce back. We do so because we can compartmentalize experiences and can look at something, even something incredibly horrible, and place it as someone else’s fate and someone else’s life. We compartmentalize pain and keep living with only brief memories of what someone else endured.

What IS a Behavior?

As we continue our Thursday conversation, a simple question: What is a behavior?

Tis the Season... for Stress

  It’s the Most Wonderful...ly Stressful... Time of the Year!

Who has Time for Behaviors?

There aren’t many peophttple busier than teachers. Between a room full of kids, state and federal mandates for learning standards, testing, parents, PTAs, homework to grade, tests to give, lesson plans to write, tutoring to provide, lunch duty today and bus duty tomorrow, extra-curricular, co-curricular…

Welcome to the New Leaps Expert Blog!

We are so excited to offer you great words of wisdom from the Leaps expert on social and emotional learning, Jay Burcham. Jay wrote every word of the Leaps program out of his desire to change school and classroom culture through teaching students and teachers that learning is a behavior. Jay will react to and discuss current events every Monday and delve into the social surroundings of our nation's teachers, students and administration. On Thursdays, Mr.