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 […]