Category Archives: Discipline Strategies

Problems In Perspective

Ever had your child coming home from school with that, “Worst day of my life!” thing happening? You know those days when they really do feel that the world is coming down on them? I once received this fantastic advice/strategy … Continue reading

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Check – A one word strategy!

Do you hate moaning? Do you hate hearing yourself doing the moaning? At the beginning of each new year or class group, I ask my students the question, “How do we listen?” Of course they come up with ears, and … Continue reading

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Myths About Motivation

Richard Lavoie – One of the greatest assets to the teaching profession. I have been using his strategies for years and his presentations provide significant insight into the daily experience, emotion and turbulence of a child with a learning disability. … Continue reading

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The Choice We Make

“I know we had a massive argument last night, but I can’t remember what it was about.” These were the words my deflated Senior Son uttered to me as I pulled into our driveway after a long day a few … Continue reading

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Does It Have To Be Fun?

Have you seen this child? He* is the child who decides within a few seconds that something is boring. He is the child that finds school boring, no matter what. He is the child that rolls his eyes up and … Continue reading

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Contingencies instead of Consequences

I am busy working on my next post all about disengaged learners and children who are bored. I hope to post it soon when I get to attack all those items on my never-ending “to-do” list. In the meantime, I … Continue reading

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Marva Collins and Me

Marva Collins was a young mother when she resumed her teaching posts at schools in Chicago in the 1960’s. She found herself frustrated with other teachers who did not share her enthusiasm for teaching and was disillusioned with the quality … Continue reading

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1-2-3 Magic: A Classroom Discipline Policy That Works For Me

Imagine a classroom discipline strategy that eliminates the whining, the stress, the shouting, the tantrums, the debating, the negotiating and the total sapping of your emotional energy. I have been using 1-2-3 Magic: Managing Difficult Behavior in Children 2-12 for kids as … Continue reading

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