A Student Refuses to Engage, What do you say?

What do you do when you have asked a student to do something, and they flat out tell you no? I keep prompting them to do what I requested and they continue to say no. The student is not having a good day and the teacher senses it will only escalate as they prompt the […]

Teach Behavior As You Would Content

Would you project the quadratic formula and expect the students to be able to use it to solve problems? No. You would most likely use the gradual release as a framework to teach how to apply the quadratic formula. Why would behavior expectations be any different? I like to refer to them as Positive Behavior […]

24 Hour Rule for Feedback

Accepting feedback is tough. No one likes to hear how they need to improve. So how do we accept feedback? I give my students the 24-hour rule. I tell them they have 24-hours to be angry and play the blame game – blame me, blame their dog, blame everyone else but themselves. They can sulk, […]

Difficult Conversations to Compassionate Conversations

Why do difficult conversations have to be difficult? How can we approach difficult conversations that will empower you and the student or person you are talking with?  Repeat after me, difficult conversations do NOT have to be difficult. If you told me this just three years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you because they used […]

Courageous Conversations

What is a courageous conversation? We have them all the time. We have them everywhere. We have them with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. The conversations may be a two-minute conversation in the hallway or a conversation that takes place over the course of 20 days. The idea is that we engage in conversations that […]

The Data Was Driving this Perfectionist Crazy!

I had a student once tell me when I teach I speak in affirmations. I said I was a very awakened teacher and I would not be sitting here if I didn’t make a change. I was a good teacher, but I did so with a theater of voices in my head. No, I am […]

Guiding From Your Gut

I tell my pre-service students they are on the brink of becoming confident teachers when they are not thinking about their decisions while they deliver their lessons. This is especially true when you have to redirect behavior. You are confident when you question yourself less and begin to respond more to that voice in your […]

Easy Strategy To Solve Problems

You cannot solve a problem while you are in the middle of feeling negative emotions. If you try to solve a problem when you are focusing on all the negative conditions, you will only exacerbate the problem. The solution will not present itself when you are in the midst of doubt, anger, criticizing, and/or complaining. […]