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Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Collaborative Problem Solving Approach | Think:Kids

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Teaching Children Problem Solving Skills / HubPages

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How Children Solve Problems | Scholastic.com

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Criticism that Helps, Not Hurt / Behavior Advisor

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Offering effective criticism to children and youth


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Praise that Works with Praise Resistant Kids / Behavior Advisor

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Four Tips to Stay at the Top of Your Game | ASCD Inservice

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom | Psychology Today

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The behaviour management balance: authority, systems and support | Teacher Network

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Teachers: Three Questions for Reflection / Teaching Channel

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Self-Reflection Comes in Threes


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Five Classroom Rules / Whole Brain Teaching

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Fun-To-Do Discipline: How To Respond When We Hear The All-Time Favorite Excuse, "Frankie Made Me Do It"

The above popular excuse walks hand-in-hand with another favorite, “Frankie started it.” Kids making this kind of argument are externally-oriented; someone or something out there triggered the behavior. Because it is placed externally (as a trigger or a stimulus), responsibility for the behavior, or the action, falls outside the actor; also known here as the perpetrator. Ingenious teachers and parents best tackle this kind of excuse with an internally-oriented argument or logic. And just for the fun of it, sticking a coercive imposition to the perpetrator’s behavior makes virtually impossible for the child to escape from his or her responsibility in performing the behavior. This is how it works:

Teach the actor or perpetrator the meaning of a behavior choice. Follow with an explanation of consequences. Lastly, give examples of threats and intimidation that may coerce people into compliance. Do this as a preemptory measure; that is, before misbehavior happens. When disciplining, always follow this well-known witty quote: the best time to teach fire-safety rules to children is before our kitchen is on fire.

Ø A behavior choice is internally-driven; we are the decision-makers, and we are always responsible for those things we do.

Ø A consequence can be negative (we do not want or like what we get) or positive (we want or like what we get), short-term (i.e. lasting for a few minutes or a few hours) or long-term (i.e. lasting for several weeks, several months, or even years). Also, we can find more than one consequence in every behavior choice we make.

Unless we fall victim of coercion, or we are forced to act in a specific way, nobody compels us to do anything that we do not want to do. “Frankie made me do it” as an excuse for misbehaving would be valid only under such radical circumstances. The bad news for all excuse givers out there is that extreme coercion rarely happens in our lives; in most instances, it simply never happens.

Examples of Very Negative Consequences (Coercion) that Justify Misbehaving:

“If I don’t do as Frankie says…”

·        I’ll be hit by lightning

·        My teeth will drop off my mouth, slowly and painfully

·        I’ll be chased by rabid dogs

·        I’ll be thrown out of an airplane without a parachute

Unless the child can present irrevocable proof of such an extreme consequence hanging above his or her head, the perpetrator always owns the behavior, plain and simple. I like to call this disciplinary style the “You did the behavior, you own the behavior” approach. The main objective here is teaching children that, regardless of what they may feel pressured to do, they will do it, or not, because they choose to do it, or to not do it. A self-motivational quote to teach children can be: Because I choose to do my behavior, I’m responsible for my behavior. With better understanding of choices, responsibility, and consequences, we can inspire children to improve their behavior by selecting more adequate behavior choices.

Related Reading…

All Behavior Is Communication Revised Second Edition: How To Give Feedback, Criticism, And Corrections That Improve Behavior- To preview this book on Amazon, click here.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free eBook for Teachers: Keeping the Peace: Managing Students in Conflict Using the Social Problem-Solving Approach

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Assertiveness Skills / UW Bothell- Student Services

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Managing Teacher Stress: The One Simple Technique to Keep Your Worries from Driving You Insane

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The psychology of stress and how teachers can manage it | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional

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15 Stress-Busting Tips From Teachers | Scholastic.com

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Study shows mindfulness training can help reduce teacher stress and burnout

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Study shows mindfulness training can help reduce teacher stress and burnout (Aug. 28, 2013)


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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Schools | Edutopia

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A Call to All Social-Emotional Learning Leaders | Edutopia

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Best Incentive You Could Ever Give — Smart Classroom Management

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class - Teachingcom

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Monday, November 4, 2013

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Is PS 154 in the Bronx Safe for Students?

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