The Time is NOW to Reframe ‘Misbehavior’

Brad HughesBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Reframe misbehavior by understanding behaviors may actually be attempts to adapt to stressful situations. We should identify and reduce stressors instead of waiting for them to occur and reacting to them. Gain trust by first demonstrating that YOU are trustworthy. Companioning others through stressful times helps us grow trust, strengthen relationships, and better serve families and communities. Educators devote … Read More

Top 5 Missing Pieces to Effective Behavior Plans

Lindsay TitusBlog, Manage Better

TL;DR: Write effective behavior plans by involving the student in making decisions. Understand the plans are for the adults, consider the skills to be learned by the student, find the function, and consider fading the plan as a top priority. Behavior plans are more effective when educators understand these points. As a behavior specialist, I am involved in the writing … Read More

5 Tools to Improve Transitions

Lindsay TitusBlog, Manage Better

TL;DR: Improve transitions by understanding they are a series of steps linked together, watching the warnings, teaching students how to transition, highlighting moments of success, and using visuals. Remember that not all transitions are created equal. Break down barriers and personalize the techniques to fit the needs of your individual students. Improve transitions: Not all transitions are created equal. When … Read More

Reducing Power Struggles in the Classroom

Lindsay TitusBlog, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Prevent power struggles by building relationships, providing choices, beginning with a purpose, checking in with students, and being willing to negotiate. If you find yourself entering a power struggle, take a step back, defer the conversation until a time when there isn’t an audience, and walk away. If a power struggle does occur, apologize first, then continue to strengthen … Read More

The Missing Piece in Your Classroom Management Plan

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Manage Better

The Missing Piece in Your Classroom Management Plan

In This Post: Many teachers, when they hear the term “classroom management,” think of things like rules, procedures, behavior, or tricks they’ve learned over the years. There is one component that is oddly overlooked. When you work WITH students, instead of against them, the entire equation changes. Define roles and expectations for both you and your students, talk about why … Read More