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Let’s Talk About Special Education Kids and Suspensions

Why are so many special education kids being suspended? And what can we do about it? Writing for you on this drizzly day here in Eugene. It’s been such a busy time for me, probably you, too. But here and there things have managed to creep in, catch my eyes and tell me I need […]

The Road Less Traveled: Challenging Behavior and Becoming Mindful

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When we talk about children’s challenging behavior, there are several conversational roads we take. The first, more old-fashioned and “mindless”, instead of “mindful” (Ellen J. Langer)road we take is this: “He’s spoiled. His father does everything for him. They don’t’ discipline him at home.”This is a comment from a very young ECE student about a […]

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 […]

6 Ways to Start the Year Off Right With Your Kids

Without a doubt the first few days of school are the most critical ones in helping to create the foundation of good human relationships with your students. Even the most skilled teacher in the pedagogical sciences of education will be less than effective if the kids don’t “like” them, yes, I said, “like them”. Now […]

Why Are Logical Consequences Such a Foreign Concept?

Recently I had the unique experience of being interviewed by a middle school student. Jacob had found me on the Internet because he was researching recess and wanted to ask some questions for his project. Of course, recess is one of my favorite topics so I agreed to give him some time. What I didn’t […]

Music Makes It Better

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Music makes everything better. I recently gave a presentation about this topic to caregivers and teachers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I emphasized the tremendous importance of music experiences for young children, talked about using music and movement for behavior management, and gave examples. The attendees were enthusiastic. Many have used clean-up songs and hand-washing songs for […]

“Hey Teacher!”…and Why You Should Never Hear That Again

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You’ve probably been there before. A student, frustrated with their hand in the airdecides it’s all of a sudden ok to yell across the room”Hey Teacher!”(they might use your name, but you get the point). There’s a good chance this isn’t a rare occurrence in your classroom. You’re awesome, so you probablymanage your classroomwell and […]

Distributive Leadership: Children Lead Me

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Who leads your teaching/learning? In education, I am a big fan of leading each other which is also known as distributive leadership. In the classroom, I typically let students lead me. I want to hear their ideas about how our classroom community can be better and the ways in which I may serve them well. […]

They’ve Got Your Number

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When my son was in his first year of kindergarten, his teacher had an eight-level behaviour management system based on insects. If you had a really good day you were a “coccinelle exceptionelle” (exceptional ladybug). If your day was more average, you might be an “abeille qui émerveille” (amazing bee). If you had a really […]

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