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
There is nothing like the first week of school tired, it seems. Well, perhaps it’s only contender is the first week with a new baby tired. We drag ourselves home, hoping that dinner has somehow magically arrived, that our house is not a mess, that our own kids are doing well because honestly, all we… Continue reading At the End of the First Week
I am hurtling through the air, clouds drifting by beneath me, blanketing the earth from view. Confined to the seat I was given by a computer, on an airplane as I once again cross the country in order to teach other educators all that my students have taught me. My seat is comfortable, for short… Continue reading On Airplanes