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Teaching Missing Skills: The Power of Social Stories

“If your child keeps on hitting his classmates, he will get a referral and as a consequence can be suspended. Please talk to him so that he stops the...

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Teach Social Skills with Academics for Optimal Learning (Lesson Included)

To transform our classrooms into optimal learning environments, we must teach more than academic skills. It’s vital to teach social skills to our students as well. If you’re thinking...

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Managing "Scared" at the Start of School: How Parents and Teachers Can Help

Managing “Scared” at the Start of School: How Parents and Teachers Can Help

The start of school can be scary for students, parents and staff. How do we manage this powerful feeling of scared? Understanding this feeling is important as we adjust...

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Including Discussion of Behavior Intervention Strategies in the PLC Agenda

Effective schools create safe, engaging learning environments through high standards and clear expectations for students and teachers. The teaching and learning process is the core of the school, and...

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Taming the Homework Giant: Tips for Helping Your Children Do Their Best!

The new school year is starting, and that means it’s time for a task that’s dreaded by students and parents alike: homework. If your house is anything like mine,...

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Frustrated Mom and Child

Communicating with Kids = Hearing Things Differently

“Mommy, Mommy!” shouts your child as you are trying to finish up a phone conversation. “Wait just a moment,” you say in an agitated voice. “NO mommy, really, look!”...

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Administrator with staff

Leadership Strategies for Intentional Coaching

Research says that a school leader’s primary role is to coach and develop their staff. Maintaining this priority leads to an increase in student achievement, as well as a...

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The Power of Yet

I was recently visiting the classroom of a high school math teacher with a marvelous bulletin board conveying a powerful message. (She was quick to tell me that it...

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Teaching Disappointment and Experiencing the Unthinkable!

Today, I entered a classroom to coach. I’ve been coaching and teaching skills in this Head Start classroom fufour-year-oldsr olds for over a year! It’s typical to coach children...

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