Repairing Harm: A Better Alternative to Punishment
Exclusionary punishments don’t really change behavior. Having students work to repair the harm done by their actions can be much more effective.
Restorative Justice in School: An Overview
Instead of looking for ways to make punishments stricter, restorative justice seeks to build relationships and repair harm. Learn more about how this holistic approach works.
The Magic of Validation
It can feel unnatural at first, but once you’ve given validation a try, some of your most difficult conversations are going to get a whole lot better.
When We Lose the Right to Call Ourselves Professionals
This is not the way professionals handle things.
When Students Won’t Stop Talking
What they don’t teach us in education courses is just how freaking much students talk, and how hard it can be to quiet them down. Help is on the way.
What’s Going on Here? How to Have a Trouble Huddle with Students
With a trouble huddle, you allow your best laid plans to veer off the rails, stop the activity, and ask, “What’s going on here? What seems to be the problem?”
Classroom Management: 4 Keys to Starting the Year off Right
How to set up and implement a classroom behavior plan that really works, with advice from Smart Classroom Management’s Michael Linsin.
The Danger of Teacher Nostalgia
When we blame our teaching problems on the collective inferiority of a generation, we only make things worse.