20 ’17’ Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Environment-*hint it starts with the adults as learners*.

Last year over break I worked on the 20 '16' ways-this year I took a little turn on the post.  In order to really make a positive impact for students-it is key that we as the adults are coming from a place of positivity, mutual appreciation and respect for others as well. During the 2016-17 school year... Continue Reading →

So How Was Your Day? Conversation Starters for Kindergartners.

Well Parents and Caregivers-you have successfully made it through the first few days of kindergarten.  Kids were up dressed, lunches packed, hugs and kisses and away we went. This week parents all over will be asking "How was your day?" when their children will get home. One instance I heard about included a mom who... Continue Reading →

PBIS: Four Steps Towards Implementation

PBIS-Four letters that can evoke different thoughts and feelings from teachers, leaders, students and parents. If implemented well-it works.  If not-stakeholders are left with a bad taste of the system of supports that was not fully explained or fully implemented. PBIS is more than tickets and parties, it is a prevention based school wide approach... Continue Reading →

150 Ways to Show We Care-A Community of Caring Opportunity

Last year at Woodson we started intentionally finding ways to show our students, children, and those around us how much we care about them.  This year is no different. During February Conferences each family at Woodson received the Search Institutes 150 Ways Poster and was given a challenge-choose one and do it.  Our results will be posted on... Continue Reading →

Thursday-Critter Moment: Giving Clear and Concise Directions

So far this week we have focused a lot on Using Positive Feedback and Encouragement through the following: Contingent on appropriate behavior Descriptive Conveyed with enthusiasm To add onto this strategy today include a focus on giving directions.  Did you know that in early childhood, research shows that children have high rates of not following... Continue Reading →

Wednesday-Critter Moment: Addressing Challenging Behavior

  What Does Behavior Communicate-Really? Think of a student you have who seems to engage in the same challenging behavior over and over.  Young children’s behavior is a fast and powerful communication tool used to tell you what s/he needs or wants. Children continue to use a behavior because it works!  Children will use challenging... Continue Reading →

Tuesday-Critter Moment: Making a Deposit for Students

Benefits of “Making Deposits” in Your Relationships with Children (referring to 5:1 positive attention ratio). As we build on yesterday's moment-as you are focusing more on what you want to see and less of what you don't continue to reframe those expectations in specific, visual contexts.  As we know making these deposits for our students... Continue Reading →

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