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America: We Have a Problem

Problem 1

Disrespect for our fellow human beings is abominable. But, as a nation, we have allowed it to be so. We’ve encouraged it through our politics, through our entertainment, and through our everyday interactions. Ask any educator about the rise in hatred and outright disregard for adults, and you will need to set aside a few […]

What Motivates Students?

There is a question that I’m getting more and more at workshops and trainingsand that is “how do I motivate my students to work?” I hate to break it to you, but there is no “magic bullet” solution to this. Every student is going to have their own solution to getting motivated. However, there are […]

How to Handle Classroom Management Like a Referee

As I was watching my favorite hockey team the other day, I noticed something that struck me during one of the brawls that (for whatever reason) still occur in the almost every game. I was amazed as the guy wearing the black and white striped shirt held two huge athletes at bay and got them […]

Relationships Over Rules: Separating Fact From Fiction

disciplining kids

Then… I (Brent) am a former student pastor turned public educator. Upon leaving vocational ministry, I moved into a position as a teacher and coach in southeast Texas. I taught science at the seventh and eighth grade levels for seven years and loved it. However fun my science classes were to teach, science was never […]

FIVE Ways to Deal With a DingDong

Ding dongs

How do we deal with the ding dongs? We all know that without a solid classroom management foundation there is little chance for success in the classroom, but even with a good plan every educator is destined to find themselves face to face with a ding dong in their classroom. A ding dong is that […]

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning!

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“Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. When we read we begin with A B C….” Who knew I’d love teaching littles? Not me, that’s for sure. Preschool KWLW: Here’s my learning update, month seven of my what was I thinking in year forty six? Who else in their […]

Nipping Bullying in the Bud

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about bullying in school, I tend to think about older kids. You know, middle school tough guys and mean girls. But I recently had the privilege and the pleasure of interviewing Blythe Hinitz, co-author of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book, and Jill Berkowicz, whose thoughtfulness and […]

Pennies from Heaven

pennies

Rain clouds and rainbows, every cloud offering “pennies from heaven“. Lately we’ve been finding a lot of pennies. It definitely took some looking, as political storm clouds, snows, floods and other things dominated our conversations. I feel like I’m just catching my breath, so much has been happening so fast. Hope. Belief. My late husband […]

Patient a Moment More

Patience

“My dad gets out of jail in three days, Mr. Ramsey,” shouted Miguel who was beaming happily from his seat in the middle of the classroom. I replied, “That’s great, Miguel. Your dad is going to be so happy to see you. I’m glad you will finally get to spend time with him again. You’ve […]

But They Need to Learn to….

circle time

“Heather, I think this is the first time that I’ve encountered a center that doesn’t request children to ‘sit’ when in group. I understand the philosophy, but children also need to learn that by sitting while in a large group, others are given a better ability to see what is going on. I’ll have to […]

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