Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

3 Ways to Make Your In School Suspension Program SMART

Traditional In School Suspension (ISS) programs are founded on the principle that punishing students results in decreased behavior. SMART ISS is a program that flips that script; focusing instead on making in school suspension programs active and restorative rather than simply punitive. Here are three ways you can switch what your in school suspension program […]

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3 Tips for Setting Up Classrooms to Improve Classroom Management

Classroom Management

When we talk about classroom management, we often lean on theory but forget the practical steps you can take. One of the best things you can do for your classroom, is learn how to physically set up your classroom for success. We asked Angela Isenberg to give us a few tips on how to properly set […]

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3 Reasons Traditional ISS Doesn’t Work

The traditional In School Suspension model is broken and yet most schools still use it. Schools across Texas and throughout the country practice the traditional, punitive, method of ISS. In this model, students get in trouble and are sent to a room on campus  as punishment. They might complete homework or do assignments, but the […]

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3 Reasons Why Behavior Charts are Not Effective

Plenty of schools use behavior charts to track their students’ behavior. Behavior charts come in all shapes and sizes and are used primarily to motivate students to behave better while in class. At the core, the idea seems right: by tracking our students’ reactions throughout the day we encourage them to make better choices. But […]

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What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional Learning, SEL

If you’ve been in education for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard the words “Social Emotional Learning” before. It’s not a new concept, Social Emotional Learning (or SEL for short), has been around for years, but has just recently started to gain respect, attention, and importance in the world of education. SEL, as defined […]

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4 Tips for Fostering Independent Work in the Classroom

Tips for Fostering Independent Work

One of the most challenging tasks for teachers is figuring out how to foster and manage independent work in the classroom. We asked education specialist, Angela Isenberg, to give us some of her quick tips for managing independent work and here’s what she gave us. 1. Individually pick up student homework. By picking up students’ […]

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3 Tips to Setting Up Efficient and Effective Classroom Rules

Tips for Setting Up Efficient Classroom Rules

The hardest part of starting any new school year, or even a new semester is setting up effective and efficient classroom rules. Classroom management can be difficult, because what works for one group of students isn’t going to work for the next. We asked Albert Felts to break down for us his process for setting […]

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3 Questions to Help You Manage Aggression in Classrooms

There’s an unfortunate reality about teaching that you’ll eventually comes across: you’ll eventually end up angry at one of your students or your students will be angry or aggressive towards you. It’s hard to  know how to manage aggression we might have towards students who aren’t behaving in class. We might feel ridiculed, disrespected, not listened […]

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Who Are Tough Kids and Why Are They Hard to Handle?

As a teacher, you’ve likely encountered your fair share of difficult students. Students have all sorts of different behaviors and personalities. Some are aggressive, others are reserved, some never follow rules, while others listen to everything. Just the same, you’ve likely come across some tough kids. Your tough kids are students in your class that frequently […]

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3 Tips to Create Great FBAs and BIPs

We asked our education specialist, Amy Fanetti to give us a little bit of insight on how to write great functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans. For newbies to the behavior world, functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans are critical documents that guide us as we deal with behavior on a campus or […]

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