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  • Save Your Sanity and Find More Joy in Teaching: Starting Off the School Year Smoothly – Part 3

    Save Your Sanity and Find More Joy in Teaching: Starting Off the School Year Smoothly – Part 3

    This is Part 3 of my crash course in how to have a smooth-running, amazing classroomwhere the children are really learning!
    Get Part I or Part II if you missed them.
    After 25 years of teaching and observing new teachers, I have found that there are 5 steps that really good teachers use. Read More

  • Tucker Turtle: Help for Children Who Can’t Control Their Anger

    Tucker Turtle: Help for Children Who Can’t Control Their Anger

    One of the best strategies to help children control their anger and calm down, rather than to hit, kick or scream, is the Turtle Technique.

    This comes from the scripted social story, “Tucker Turtle,” that teaches children to act like a turtle by going in their “shell” and taking three breaths to calm down. Then they can think of a better way to act. Read More

  • Where Are You on the Teacher Language Scale?

    Where Are You on the Teacher Language Scale?

    Today I watched a science lesson in which the teacher had the children engaged, paying attention, and working hard. It was a pleasure to watch them learn and engage with the ideas that the teacher was sharing. How did she do it?
    The main tool she used was a positive attitude. She was enjoying the subject, enjoying the children, and enjoying teaching. Read More