Putting the S in PBIS – Education Article

Almost 26,000 schools across the U.S. are implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS).  A central characteristic of this Department of Education-funded initiative is customization.  There is no one “right way” to implement PBIS and implementation is likely to differ across systems, schools and even individual classrooms.  Intervention tiers are built around the principles of operant conditioning and the notion that desirable behavior, like academics, can and should be taught. As a 20-year veteran elementary educator, I’d say that classroom…

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Respect in the Classroom: Earned, Not Expected – Education Article

There was a sub for one of my paras a couple of weeks ago and she set up shop in my classroom. We went through the day as usual, with her thoroughly enjoying her role after being out of the classroom for the past few years. At the end of the day, as I was thanking her for all she had done, the bell rang and a steady stream of kids began filtering into my room for their afterschool hugs…

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Self-Care Is Priority One for This Teacher – Education Article

January is finally over. I swear this month had 974 days in it. After returning from Winter Break I felt as if I just could not keep up with myself. There is always so much to do and so very few hours in the day to balance everything. Normally this is when my really bad habits form, like skipping meals, drinking too much soda and eating too much junk food, foregoing date night with my significant other and sleeping in…

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Preparing Students For Teacher Absences – Education Article

I was gone two days this week because my fiancé had back surgery. Two. Whole. Days. This may not seem like much to most, but I teach special education with some very routine-oriented students and this was a huge whammy in their little lives. I know we want our classrooms to become autonomous and for kids to be flexible when life happens to their teachers, but sometimes I think we forget about how important we are in their little lives.…

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ClassroomQ: A Better Way to Ask and Manage Questions – Education Article

A Simple Solution to a Common Classroom Problem “Wouldn’t it be cool if students didn’t have to raise their hands and wait when they needed help and could just hit a button?” “What if the teachers then knew the exact order of the students that they needed to assist?” After posing these two questions, teachers Kyle and Dan created a simple solution to a common classroom problem. Background image created by Rawpixel.com – Freepik.com ClassroomQ The ease of use and…

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9 New Teacher Survival Tips – Education Article

Because you asked. I occasionally get emails from followers, readers, and conference audience members asking for advice. It’s lovely! And flattering! And OK, a lot of work sometimes. But, I always try to answer and help. Recently, I spent so much time answering, linking to past posts, and giving paragraphs and paragraphs of advice I thought – Hey! This would be a good blog post! Some of these topics, I’ve blogged about before. I’m kind of passionate about being a…

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