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.

Calming Them Down: Transitions

Posted on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:07
Do you dread the moments after the bell rings and you know you are going to have to calm down a room full of kids?

Profoundly Simple

Posted on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:55
I grew up in West Texas in the 70s and early 80s. West Texas is comprised of long stretches of desert broken only by oil or cotton fields. The land is harsh and unforgiving. The temperatures are extreme and the heat can be almost unimaginable. And even though there is a lot of oil in West Texas, most of us lived in families that worked in the oil fields for nominal wages. It was a hard life in many respects, because the work was hard and the financial rewards were minimal.

Calming Down That ONE Student

Posted on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:00
Why is it harder to calm one student down than to calm down an entire class? Why does it seem there is a butting of heads and a clash of wills more in a one-on-one situation than when telling the entire group to sit down and pay attention?

It's Your Classroom: Own It.

Posted on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:18
About half of our nation’s schools are back in session and the rest will be joining in the next week or so. It is time for that fresh start when every student has a clean slate and every teacher has hope for his or her class. It is the time of year when expectations are motivating actions and the reality of the coming year is still being forged. In other words, it is the perfect time of the year to jump on classroom behaviors.

5 Simple Things for Educators

Posted on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:03
There aren’t many jobs that can match that of an educator for sheer workload. Whether an administrator, teacher, clinician, or support staff – being an educator means you are going to have an extremely hectic day, and tomorrow it will always start all over again. Educators do not have the luxury of completing a task and then stopping, resting and basking in the glory of a job well done.