Summer: The Happiest Season of All

Posted on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:30
There aren’t many sensory reminders that rush you back to your childhood days quite like the smell of fresh cut grass. I was at my son’s baseball game the other day, and as I sat there, hotdog in hand, listening to the sound of a ball hitting a bat, and smelling the fresh cut grass – I could have been 12 again.

Back to Basics: Teaching the Important Lessons

Posted on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00
Jason is a sophomore and has been known to get into trouble. He has been in In-School Suspension more than once. He has a smart mouth, and his latest adventure involved a fire extinguisher and a school bus. This little episode got him 3 days at the alternative school. No one really expects any changes in Jason any time soon.

SEL = Behavior | Connecting the Dots

Posted on Sun, 04/01/2018 - 08:27
SEL = Behaviors | Connecting the Dots. For some reason when people talk about behaviors and behavior programming at school, there is an automatic default to exceptional and alternative education. It is as if the word behavior is a pejorative that means “anywhere but the classroom”.

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.

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.

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.

Changing Behaviors: Reinforcements | Part 2

Posted on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:05
In our conversation last week we talked about how reinforcements are often misunderstood in behavior programming.

Changing Behaviors: Reinforcements | Part 1

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:05
Part 4 of 7 in the ABCs of Behavior

A Day in the Life of a Teacher

Posted on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:04
Morning comes way too early. I just closed my eyes and now it is time to start all over again. The morning shower is about the only time I am going to have today with a little silence. I have found myself standing under the water a little longer each day as the school year is passing.