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'That's Not Appropriate!'

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013

Recently I have had several animated conversations with teachers and soon-to-be-teachers about this phrase (and versions of it). Since it has been rattling around in my head, I've decided to tackle it here. "That's not appropriate," is one of those common teacher phrases that can become like breathing. It's language ...

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Part II: What's Your Trigger?

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012

Putting Out the Fuse In part one of this post I shared a visual strategy for helping kids identify their triggers. Part II of this strategy is to help kids learn to "put out the fuse." Once kids can identify and talk about the kinds of things that make them ...

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ADHD in the News

Posted by Valentine Burr on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012

There's a provocative article in the New York Times on using ADHD medication to help school performance, particularly for children in unresponsive school settings. It's a maddening article as it sensationalizes and over-simplifies a complex topic, but interesting for a few of the issues it raises. I was struck in ...

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Posted by Pamela Jones on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012

The Connection to Successful Behavioral Intervention Several years ago, a teacher said to me, "What does engagement have to do with managing kids' behavior?" My answer to her was, "Everything!" While I am the first to admit that intervening successfully into our students' behavioral and socio-emotional lives is a multi-faceted ...

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Process and Problem Solving

Posted by Valentine Burr on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012

In our post on "Relationship Building" a reader commented with a question about how to engage a struggling student. The themes raised in this comment struck us as universal and worth exploring in more depth in a post. The commenter wrote: I have a student for the second time this ...

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Differentiation and Behavioral Growth

Posted by Valentine Burr on Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012

If we can agree that different kids may need different strategies and approaches to supporting their emotional and behavior growth, we are still left with the questions: what does that really mean and how might it look in the classroom? Be consistent! We are told as beginning teachers. If kids ...

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Fair Is Not Equal

Posted by Valentine Burr on Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012

Different children may have different learning needs "Fair doesn't mean that everyone gets the same thing; fair means everyone gets what they need to be successful." This expression, or some version of it, is an aphorism most teachers will hear at some point in their career. There is an intuitive, ...

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