It is Time to Play

Posted on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:14

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.

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.

The Game of the Week | Sportsmanship

Posted on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:21
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.

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.

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.