When I was a 5th grade teacher, my classroom was the very last one before the buses. Every day, all of the school’s students would pass by and inevitably some of those students and I would strike up a conversation. Day after day, a little kindergartener would tell me about his day, his shoes, his… Continue reading I’ve Had Enough – No More Public Behavior Management Systems
I have written before about public behavior charts, how I feel about them, what they do to students in my opinion. And while some seem to have found a way to make them work within their environments, I wonder; what if we assumed that all students would have a great day, a great year, and… Continue reading Before You Hang Up That Public Behavior Chart
The day starts out fine, you had your breakfast, you had your tea, you feel prepared, happy even. You are off to school and ready to teach. At the morning staff meeting you get so excited over an idea you lean over to your colleague to whisper in their ear. After all, they… Continue reading So What’s My Problem With Public Behavior Charts?
I am editing my book (to be published in mid-July by PLPress!) and while I am taking much out because it seems redundant or unclear, tonight I added more thoughts on getting rid of punishments. As so often happens my thoughts kept evolving and I came up with this, hope it is helpful Misbehavior Old… Continue reading Common Misbehaviors and How I Work With Them
With the bustle of April and all of the excitement that that brings, the end of the year is fast approaching. But with that end also comes an inevitable beginning; a summer that calls for reflection, relaxation, re-invention, renewed commitment, and also the energy to try new things. I do so adore summer for all… Continue reading Join Me for the Summer Book Study of Passionate Learners!
If I asked most of my students, they would consider me a great teacher for them. They would tell you how safe they feel in our classroom, how they feel respected, how they feel like what we do is worth their time. It is easy feeling like a great teacher if those are the only… Continue reading On Student Voice and How All Means All