Concerns about student behavior have always been a topic of fierce conversation. Student attitudes and actions often dominate discussions in meetings, at educational conferences, and in faculty lounges. There are almost as many philosophies (and programs) on student behavior as there are schools in the country, and getting agreement on how to address issues … Continue reading 7 Ways Effective Educators Address Student Behavior
Speak the truth, even when your voice shakes. - Author Unknown A quick confession: I am a "people-pleaser," and it has, at times, hurt my school. I want my students, my parents, my teachers, and my administrative team to be happy -- all of the time. This might seem like a noble cause, but it … Continue reading Tough Conversations
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. - Mother Teresa In his book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Father Greg Boyle describes several individual interactions with young gang members who, when asked a direct question, respond with, "Who? Me?" At first … Continue reading Who? Me?
Quiet does not come naturally to me. Even when I am able to escape the rush and chaos of daily life, the noise in my head can be overwhelming. A rerun of the day's activities, a mental review of a to-do list, or pondering problems that may, or may not, exist. Figurative noise that keeps … Continue reading Out of the Wind
All human beings have immeasurable value. Treat everyone you meet with this in mind. It's a pretty simple concept, but the execution can be extremely challenging. There are no exceptions to the rule of value. Infinite worth is not limited to those we agree with, people who are friendly to us, people who look like … Continue reading A Simple Plan to Improve the World