Sailing Your Own Ship

Sandra WeirBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Shutting down a student’s behaviour in the moment can be effective short term but damaging in the long run. Knowing my students and what they need to be their best selves is part of my mission. Addressing students’ behaviors privately and maintaining a trusting safe environment are essential in my classroom. Sailing My Own Ship: Am I doing it … Read More

Creating Norms with My Students Changed My Classroom

Carrie LaRueBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Students really do want ownership in how their classroom runs. When they understand the why behind expectations, they can value those even when they don’t agree with them. Mutual trust is a necessary component before students can reliably set and follow their own norms. Creating Norms with My Students Changed My Classroom For 16 years, most of the students … Read More

The Time is NOW to Reframe ‘Misbehavior’

Brad HughesBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Reframe misbehavior by understanding behaviors may actually be attempts to adapt to stressful situations. We should identify and reduce stressors instead of waiting for them to occur and reacting to them. Gain trust by first demonstrating that YOU are trustworthy. Companioning others through stressful times helps us grow trust, strengthen relationships, and better serve families and communities. Educators devote … Read More

Top 5 Missing Pieces to Effective Behavior Plans

Lindsay TitusBlog, Manage Better

TL;DR: Write effective behavior plans by involving the student in making decisions. Understand the plans are for the adults, consider the skills to be learned by the student, find the function, and consider fading the plan as a top priority. Behavior plans are more effective when educators understand these points. As a behavior specialist, I am involved in the writing … Read More

5 Tools to Improve Transitions

Lindsay TitusBlog, Manage Better

TL;DR: Improve transitions by understanding they are a series of steps linked together, watching the warnings, teaching students how to transition, highlighting moments of success, and using visuals. Remember that not all transitions are created equal. Break down barriers and personalize the techniques to fit the needs of your individual students. Improve transitions: Not all transitions are created equal. When … Read More