social emotional regulation

This past summer I had the opportunity to teach summer school. I knew at the start, that some of my students had a tendency to get escalated or leave the room when frustrated. I decided to use a calming space within my classroom to help with this. At the onset, I taught what the space…

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Likely if you have worked in education for any length of time and even more likely if you work in special education, you have been on the receiving end of disrespect by a student. As challenging as this may be, it is our responsibility as educators to maintain a sense of rational detachment in these…

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In a world that consistently accommodates for adults…
let’s not forget that children and adolescents need accommodations too!

Fixed Perspective of Behavior

Uncooperative, difficult, defiant, rude, disrespectful, naughty, etc.

Growth Perspective of Behavior

Communication, skill-based deficits, mental health, regulation.

Implementation is the residue of design, and when done with fidelity provides a proactive and responsive approach to teaching. EVERY student in our classrooms can be supported during implementation when we believe… …that it is our ROLE to support the learning outcomes of EVERY student. …that we need to establish RELATIONSHIPS with EVERY student. …that…

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Planning… such an essential component of education. There is a definite scope and sequence to our work. A process that supports effective instruction and classroom management. When we plan we consider so many factors; curriculum, test scores, class size, time, resources, classroom management, systems and routines, just to name a few. Each derived from expectations…

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The word “ownership” always comes to mind for me when I think about how we identify and support the learning outcomes for EVERY student in our classrooms. Who “owns’ the responsibility of supporting those learning outcomes?  As I shared in What is Equitable Teaching?, I am of the opinion that the learning outcomes should be…

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Differentiation is one of those buzzwords in education that is often misunderstood. For many it brings up a sense of feeling “overwhelmed” or having to do “extra work”. Teachers will attempt to differentiate by creating different work for students based on their skill level and over time this becomes such a daunting task that many…

Read more Do You Differentiate?

I don’t believe that it is a surprise to anyone in education that there is value in developing a relationship with each and every student you work with. In my opinion, this value cannot be overstated and one that can be demonstrated in many ways. The insight into the individual learning inclinations of our students…

Read more How Are Your Relationships?