Corrective Strategies

deescalation strategies (Click to enlarge)

This is the third installment of the Boys Town series. I highly recommend the training.

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Planned Teaching

planned teaching

(Click on the image to zoom in.)  Here is the third Boys Town comic illustrating one of their discipline techniques.

Guided Self- Correction

guided self correction

I went to a Boys Town training earlier this month and started putting some of the strategies into comics to better remember them. Here is one of the comics, entitled “Guided Self-Correction.” I highly recommend the training, and have seen great improvement when I use them.

Phone Lies

phone lies

Have you ever asked a student if she has a phone and she looks directly at you with innocent eyes and lies to you? Fortunately, at this age, most of these kids aren’t very good liars. If you’re going to lie, just pick one lie and stick with it…

Happy Monday

iheartcoffee

Today is Day One of our accreditation visit. Better have some coffee…and some extra for the meetings this week. Happy Monday.

Balanced Diet

balanced

Have you seen the stuff our students eat? There is no actual food in many of their choices. Kids need a healthy, balanced diet to function properly. Let’s encourage healthy choices and teach them about fat and calories now. The obesity epidemic shows no sign of slowing!

Attitude Matters

cant do this

I try not to get upset when students do not fulfill their potential. I try not to take it personally when they make poor decisions. But not many things irk me more than a student who is perfectly capable of doing an assignment who gives up and does not even try. My own children are not allowed to say “can’t.” Really, they get punished for saying those words. Attitude matters.

Olympic Singles Whining

whining

I was thinking: what sport should be added to the Olympics that my students could do well — even medal — in? If whining were an Olympic sport, high school students would dominate. Of course, I would probably qualify, too.