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December 28, 2015

Three Problems With Traffic Light Behavior Charts

When a child's behavior commands our attention, we need to ask ourselves, "What do I want this student to learn from my response to his/her action?"

October 31, 2014

Perpetual Proximity: More Than a Behavior Management Strategy

Use proximity to assess and connect with students, not punish them.

January 31, 2014

Redirect Student Behavior With I and Why

Whether or not students cooperate with you depends on what you say and how you say it.

December 27, 2013

Extrinsic Rewards Exit Strategy

Are you using rewards to the detriment of your students? Make it your new year's resolution to shift from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation.

December 01, 2013

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards

Students should feel fulfilled because of what they're learning, not because of what they're earning.

November 17, 2013

Reinforce More, Redirect Less

Reinforce desirable behavior, and you'll have less need to redirect undesirable behavior.

June 17, 2013

Taking Developmental Considerations Into Consideration

Teachers need to have high expectations of students, but also reasonable expectations of students.

May 09, 2013

Behavior Management Must: Tell Students What and Why

Prevent behavior problems by telling students what to do and why they should do it.

February 04, 2012

Maslow's Hierarchy Hits Home

In my first post on this blog, here's what I wrote about my early struggles as an urban teacher: Just six weeks in, and with my classroom already up for grabs, insult and injury came when I was decked by a stray elbow while trying to break up a fight in class. As it turned out, though, this physical...

January 16, 2012

Stop Disciplining, Start Diagnosing

Doctors don't prescribe drugs or reach for a scalpel the moment a patient reports symptoms. Doctors diagnose first, and treat second. Coaches don't cut players from the team every time they're in a slump. Coaches determine what's wrong with a player's shot or swing or stroke, and then work with ...

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