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Evidence-based strategies and resources for managing behavior, creating a positive learning environment, and fostering student engagement.

50 Years of Research, Still No Change in Policy

Educational institutions have been trying to show policymakers the issue of police presence in schools for DECADES. In the 1970s, the National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution calling for an end to police in schools. ACLU In 2020, the NEA passed ANOTHER resolution calling for an end to police in schools. ACLU The resolution states: “The presence of police in schools creates a hostile learning environment for students of color and students with disabilities, and it criminalizes students for minor behavioral infractions.” The resolution called on the NEA to work with its affiliates to “advocate for the removal of… Read More »50 Years of Research, Still No Change in Policy

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Behavior Hacks to Set a Positive School Tone This School Year

Behavior Management Strategies to Establish a Positive Classroom Culture Establishing a positive classroom tone is crucial for a successful school year. Here are seven specific actions teachers could take during the first week of school to set a positive classroom tone: Establish Clear Expectations: Clearly communicate your behavioral expectations to students from the beginning. Set clear rules and consequences for the classroom and ensure that students understand them. Create a Welcoming Environment: Set up the physical space in a way that is inviting and conducive to learning. Arrange desks or tables in a way that encourages collaboration and interaction among… Read More »Behavior Hacks to Set a Positive School Tone This School Year

10 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Tantrums

Top 10 Parenting Mistakes During Tantrums: Avoid These Common Errors for Smooth Discipline Giving in to the tantrum: One common mistake parents make is giving in to their child’s tantrum by giving them what they want, just to end the tantrum quickly. This reinforces the child’s behavior and may encourage future tantrums as a way to get what they want. Losing patience or reacting emotionally: Tantrums can be frustrating and overwhelming for parents, but losing patience or reacting emotionally can escalate the situation. Yelling, scolding, or punishing the child during a tantrum may make the child feel more anxious or… Read More »10 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Tantrums

How Can We Keep Children Motivated to Learn?

Motivation is a vital component of student engagement and learning. When students are motivated, they are more likely to be engaged in the learning process, retain information, and perform better academically. In this blog post, we will explore the science of motivation as it relates to student engagement and learning. Motivation can be classified into two broad categories: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the drive that comes from within the student. It is the desire to learn and achieve for its own sake. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from outside factors such as rewards, punishment,… Read More »How Can We Keep Children Motivated to Learn?

5 Tricks to End a Tantrum with Behavioral Science

1. Stay calm & model self-control. When you remain composed, you help your child regulate their emotions. 2. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and validate them. Show empathy and understanding by saying things like “I understand you’re upset” or “I know this is hard for you”. 3. Use distraction techniques 4. Give your child choices to help them feel empowered and in control. 5. Use positive reinforcement

Helping a Student with Suicidal Thoughts: What Parents and Teachers Can Do”

When a child makes a serious threat, it shouldn’t be dismissed as just idle talk. Parents, teachers, or other adults should immediately talk with the child. If it is determined that the child is at risk and/or the child refuses to talk, is argumentative, responds defensively, or continues to express violent or dangerous thoughts or plans, arrangements should be made for an immediate assessment by a mental health professional with experience evaluating children and adolescents. Evaluation of any serious threat must be done in the context of the individual child’s past behavior, personality, and current stressors. In an emergency situation… Read More »Helping a Student with Suicidal Thoughts: What Parents and Teachers Can Do”