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.

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 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.

The Function of Behaviors | Obvious, Right?!

Posted on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:55
Over the past several weeks we have been discussing what a behavior is and where behaviors come from. We have even talked a little about the difficulties of recording and measuring and reporting behavioral incidents. Now let’s start talking about the elements that will help us change behaviors. To begin this discussion we have to start with the focal point of behavior change – the function the behavior serves. Here’s our A-B-C chart:

Kids Having Kids

Posted on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:28

If You Can Read This...

Posted on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:53

What is Leaps?

Posted on Fri, 12/13/1901 - 12:45
In many of my blog posts I reference Leaps. Leaps is the outcome of years of research and work with social and emotional development and education, behavior change programming, and educational administrative and classroom resource development.

A Student Success Testimonial: Bullying

Posted on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:26
Watch as Tammy Geiger, a long time Leaps user and hard-working educator, describes the phenomenal transformation of one of her most challenging, bullying students.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvud2U0F6YQ