Changing Behaviors | Easy As A-B-C

Posted on Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:39
Over the last several weeks we have spent a lot of time describing and defining behaviors. After all, our words and appearance and behaviors define us. People cannot see our intent nor can they hear what we are thinking. They can only see the things we do, hear the things we say, and observe the way we act.

Welcome to the New Leaps Expert Blog!

Posted on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 17:16
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.

What's Really Changing the World?

Posted on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 15:42
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.

Our Kids at the Blackboard of Life

Posted on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 16:36
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?

Posted on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:05
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.

What IS a Behavior?

Posted on Thu, 12/12/2013 - 15:53
As we continue our Thursday conversation, a simple question: What is a behavior?

The Teacher Dropout Rate

Posted on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:09
An interesting study from Alliance for Education Excellence found here provides some interesting findings on why teachers are leaving the teaching profession.

The Social Funnel

Posted on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:18
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.

Learning IS a Behavior.

Posted on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:32
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.

Consequences: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Posted on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:06
Mr. Jerrod’s 3rd grade class is a handful. He has his obviously bright students, his struggling students, and most all of his kids are somewhere in between. The struggles in reading and writing and math are ones he can handle. In fact, these are the struggles he became a teacher to tackle.