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”.

Ho..Ho..Oh..No – Sometimes the Holidays Hurt

Posted on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 08:36
I was walking through the supermarket this past weekend when the old familiar Christmas songs began blaring through the speakers. Really? I could not believe they were already starting and then I looked at the calendar and realized it is December. This is the holiday month. This is the time of gifts and family and time off and laughter and food and happiness. This is the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

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.

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 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.

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.