Category Archives for "Behavior"

July 31, 2019

8 Healthy Friendship Qualities to Teach Students

healthy friendship qualities

Cultivating healthy friendships amongst students is crucial for a positive learning environment. When students know the difference between healthy and unhealthy behaviors, they are able to modify their behavior. Encourage them to look inward as you review the qualities of a healthy friendship.  Let’s take a look at 8 healthy friendship qualities that you can […]

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March 26, 2019

Fidgets are Tools, Not Toys

Fidget tools in the classroom

After fidget spinners came on the scene, teachers began banning self-regulation tools from the classroom. Students misused them and teachers weren’t prepared for them. These tools get a bad rap when not used properly. Without clear usage rules, they can be a disaster and a distraction. With an effective management plan, using fidget tools in […]

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March 10, 2019

Teaching Expected and Unexpected Behaviors

Although our work as school counselors can be very rewarding, it can also be frustrating! One of the things I have always found most frustrating is working with children who don’t seem to care at all about how their behavior affects others. They just don’t seem to realize that their behavior can have such a […]

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January 11, 2018

Responding to Escalating Behavior with a Coordinated Team Response

Problem behavior in the classroom can cause rippling disruptions, lost instructional time, and stress for students and staff. School counselors and psychologists are responsible for managing these situations. Do it more effectively with coordinate team response plans.

Every year, you have at least one student who shows escalating behavior. Your trusty list of de-escalation strategies is ineffective at stopping this disruptive behavior. The reason good strategies, like providing choice or consistently implementing consequences, don’t work 100% of the time is because they are being used regardless of the context of the situation. Providing […]

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November 13, 2017

Self Control Strategies for the Classroom

As a school counselor, teachers frequently come to me for advice on classroom management. Almost always, they are looking for self control strategies for students struggling in their classrooms. They have students in their classes that are blurting out, having anger outbursts, or constantly getting out of their seats. I also have had these same […]

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November 1, 2017

Strategies for Managing Negative Attention Seeking

STOP, DROP, ROLL and CONNECT I want to share a few helpful strategies I have found useful in managing negative attention seeking children. These are the children that push our buttons. They do what they can to sabotage yours or the group’s focus, and it’s frustrating. I am talking about the kids that whine, tattle tell, […]

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October 20, 2017

Conversations: Tips and Tricks for Behavior Plans

What are your tips and tricks for behavior plans?   Data Driven Behavior Plans Behavior plans should be developed with a team who knows the students best (e.g., school staff, parents, and even the student!). The first step to an effective behavior plan is a thorough Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). This determines the antecedents, target […]

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October 2, 2017

Make Your Student Observations Comprehensive

As a school psychologist, student observations were regularly a part of my day. For special education evaluations, I observed students in multiple settings with multiple adults doing multiple tasks. I came to know that student in depth and felt ready to suggest supports that could make a difference.   I soon realized that these student […]

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