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Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments

I recently attend a CLAS sponsored workshop. Brian D. Mendler was the speaker. Oh, my! He was fabulous. The information was usable and practical. It was not a lot of theory, but nuts and bolts!
“Some of you in this class this year are going to do and say rude, nasty, inappropriate, mean things. I know you are. I just want to let you all know right now that if and when it happens, I will not always be stopping my lesson to deal with it. It doesn’t mean I didn’t hear it, and it doesn’t mean I’m not going to do anything about it. It just means I think teaching is more important in that moment. Is there anything you all don’t understand?”
“There will be times I will be dropping by your desk with an individual message that is only for your ears. I just want to let you all know right now I will not be sharing this message with anyone else in this class. The individual message will be between that student and me and nobody else!”
“I will always do my best to be fair to each and every one of you in this class this year, which means I will not worry about treating you all exactly the same way. Many of you will get different consequences, homework assignments, tests, quizzes, bathroom breaks, etc…Please do not complain that I am not being fair. You might complain that I am not being equal, but I am not promising to be equal. I am promising to be fair.”

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Perspective

July 28th, 2010 · No Comments

I recently read a book by Andy Andrews titled The Noticer. I would like to recommend this book. I read it in one sitting and came away with a wealth of perspective.

“Life is a breath, a passing breeze; a blade of grass, green and vibrant for a time, only to wither, die and disappear. …life is like a game of Monopoly. You may own hotels on Boardwalk or you may be renting on Baltic Avenue. But in the end, it all goes back in the box. The next generation will be getting out all your stuff and playing with it or fighting over it.”

“Would you like to get what you deserve?” “Me? I surely don’t want what I deserve. I’m hoping for mercy, not justice.”

“If one makes a mistake, then an apology is usually sufficient to get things back on an even keel. However- and this is a big ‘however’ – most people do not ever know why their apology did not seem to have any effect. It is simply that they did not make a mistake; they made a choice….and never understood the difference between the two.”

“Forgiveness is about the past. Trust and respect are about the future. Forgiveness will be in the hands of others and can be given to you, but trust and respect are in your own hands…and must be earned.”

“….but if you want to become a person that others want to be around, you must always hold your life to the very highest standard.”

“You can keep the fork. The best is yet to come.”

I hope the snipets will lead you to the book.

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New School Year

July 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Well it is time! Time to start back to school. I hope you have a fabulous year. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact me. If I can’t help you, I will do all I can to find someone who can.

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Summer Workshops

May 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

I will be teaching two workshops this summer: Making Data Work for You (analyzing and using data) and Mood Disorders.

Making Data Work for You will teach the participant how to graph data in order to analyze it and hypothesize about the function of the behavior being exhibited by a student. Then taking that hypothesis, write a behavior intervention plan to meet the child’s need.

It would be helpful if Participants brought at least two weeks worth of data collected for a particular student, as well a copy of the Behavior Interventon Manual by Hawthorne Educational Services (each school in our county should have at least one copy if not more). I do have “data” that I can provide if a Participant does not bring their own.

The workshop will take place on Wednesay, July 28 at SCISC 8:15-3:15 with an hour for lunch. This workshop is for Administrators and Teachers (General Ed. and Special Ed.)

The second workshop is an introduction of various Mood Disorders and simple interventions that can be used in the classroom. It will be presented on Thursday, July 29 at SCISC 8:00-11:30.

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New Book – The New Social Story Book

May 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

I recently read The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray. The book gives 10 criteria for writing a good Social Stories, as well as provides examples of stories written by Carol. A CD is included with templates of Social Stories both in Word format as well as PDF format.

I found the book to be user friendly and very helpful. It changed the way I thought about Social Stories.

If you want to learn more about Social Stories visit Carol’s site:
www.thegraycenter.org

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helpful website

August 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.
Check out the site at http://www.interventioncentral.org/

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Paraprofessional Workshops

August 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Several workshops are scheduled for the Paraprofessionals August 10 & 11. These workshops are not mandatory, but could be helpful with your job. The topics were taken from requests given during the year.

August 10
Presenter: Kerri Mataya
Title: Asperger Syndrome: What Does that Mean to a Paraprofessional
Objective: Participants will learn characteristics and helpful hints about students with Asperger syndrome.
8:00-10:30 Elementary/Intermediate ONLY
12:00-2:30 Middle/High ONLY
Location: SCISC

August 10
Presenter: TASC
Title: Low Technology/No Technology Adaptive Devices
Objective: Participants will learn how to use low tech/no tech adaptive devices with students.
8:00-10:30 Session has been cancelled. Please register for the afternoon session.
12:00-2:30
Location: SCISC

August 11
Presenter: Bobby Hudson, Gateway
Title: Helping Paraprofessionals Managing Behavior/Crisis in the Classroom
Objective: Participants will learn how to de-escalate situations, gain a better understanding of why students act inappropriately and how to deal with resistance.
8:00-10:30 Elementary/Intermediate ONLY
12:00-2:30 Middle/High ONLY
Location: SCISC

August 11
Presenter: Jan Cibulski & School Nurse Staff
Title: Health/Medical Issues in the Classroom
Objective: Participants will learn general information about health/medial issues (i.e., diabetes, seizures, choking, allergies) and their responsibilities (legal/moral).
12:30-3:00
Location: TIS lunchroom

Now there is a new Module, Module 9 – Physical Therapy: Transfers, Locomotion, Etc. and is required for certain paraprofessionals. These paraprofessionals should have received an email from me several times during the summer. You cannot register for this workshop on PDC. I have a list of those needing this workshop. Contact me if you have any questions.

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Information

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

If you are looking for the behavior plan template and samples, go to the side menu bar and click on March 2008. You will find them there.

Upcoming Workshop News
On July 29, I will be teaching a two-part workshop. 8:15 Session is Making Data Work for You Part One – Analyzing Data and the 12:15 session is Making Data Work for You Part Two – Writing Behavior Intervention Plans.

During Part One, we will be in the computer lab using Excel to graph data and analyze data. If you have data that you have collected on a student, bring it and you can use that data. If you don’t have data, I will provide some for you.

During Part Two, we will be in a classroom using the data and resources to write Behavior Intervention Plans/Behavior Support Plans. If you have one of the Hawthrone Educational Services: Behavior Intervention Manuals, please bring it because we will be using those for this portion. I will try to borrow some from local schools for those who do not have one.

There are 25 seats available. Hope to see you there.

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Another Addition to the Library

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

I just received a backorder; books for teens.
1. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: Beyond the Blues –A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression Schab, L. (2008) Instant Help Books.
2. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: Coping with Cliques–A Workbook to Help Girls Deal with Gossip, Put-Downs, Bullying & Other Mean Behavior Sprague, S. (2008) Instant Help Books.
3. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: Stopping the Pain –A Workbook for Teens Who Cut & Self-Injure Shapiro, L. (2008) Instant Help Books.
4. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens –Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety & Worry Schab, L. (2008) Instant Help Books.
5. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: The Divorce Workbook for Teens –Activities to Help You Move Beyond the Breakup Schab, L. (2008) Instant Help Books.
6. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: The Social Success Workbook for Teens –Skill-building Activities for Teens with Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder & Other Social-Skill Problems Cooper, B. & Widdows, N. (2008) Instant Help Books.
7. An Instant Help Book Set for Teens: What’s Eating You? –A Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia & Other Eating Disorders Nelson, T. (2008) Instant Help Books

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Addition to the Library

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

I just received a shipment of books. Here is a list of the newest additions:
1.The Berenstain Bears and the
a. Big Blooper
b. Excuse Note
c. Homework Hassle
d. Messy Room

2.The Berenstain Bears and too much
a. Junk Food
b. Pressure
c. TV
d. Teasing

3. The Berenstain Bears
a. Don’t Pollute (anymore)
b. Go To Camp
c. Go To School
d. Lend a Helping Hand
e. Report Card Trouble
f. Think of Those in Need

Intervention Resources
1. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Coping with Tourette Syndrome-A Workbook for Kids with Tic Disorders. Buffolano, S. (2008) Instant Help Books.
2. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Finding Sunshine After the Storm-A Workbook for Children Healing from Sexual Abuse. McGee, S. & Holmes, C. (2008) Instant Help Books.
3. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others-A Workbook for Children with Asperger’s Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Other Social-Skill Problems. Cooper, B. & Widdows, N. (2008) Instant Help Books.
4. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: I Bet I Won’t Fret-A Workbook to Help Children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Sisemore, T. (2008) Instant Help Books.
5. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Mad- A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger. Shapiro, L., Pelta-Heller, Z. & Greenwald, A. (2008) Instant Help Books.
6. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Learning to Listen, Learning to Care-A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-Control and Empathy. Shapiro, L. (2008) Instant Help Books.
7. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Let’s Be Friends-A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Social Skills and Make Great Friend. Shapiro, L. & Holmes, J. (2008) Instant Help Books.
8. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: My Feeling Better Workbook-Help for Kids Who are Sad and Depressed. Hamil, S. (2008) Instant Help Books.
9. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: My Lifebook Journal-A Workbook for Children in Foster Care. Accinelli, T. (2008) Instant Help Books.
10. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Say Goodbye to Being Shy-A Workbook to Help Kids Overcome Shyness. Brozovich, R. & Chase, L. (2008) Instant Help Books.
11. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: The Divorce Workbook for Children-Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow up Happy. Schab, L (2008) Instant Help Books.
12. An Instant Help Book Set for Parents and Kids: Why Did You Die? –Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss. Leeuwenburgh, E. & Goldring E. (2008) Instant Help Books.

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