Before Defending Yourself, Ask a Clarifying Question

Teachers can often feel like they are being second guessed or even attacked. And at times, there’s a good reason for feeling that way. But before you dig in and start a headstrong defense of yourself, ask a clarifying question. Here are a few reasons why: There are times when you are not being attacked, but rather, the other person communicated their thoughts poorly. Or, you may be over-sensitive, which leads you to take the […]

Make the Lesson Personal

Make the lesson personal by inviting your students to place themselves in the middle of it. Ask questions like…             How would this make you feel?             How would this impact your family?             Does this impact your family today in any way?             Why would you like or dislike this if it happened to you?             What would you like or dislike about this situation?             What would you change? How? Why? In subjects […]

Find the Student Who Needs a Touch

A few weeks ago, you were encouraged to schedule days on your calendar to send a complimentary message to all of your parents about their child. This was to ensure that at some point, every parent gets contacted this year. However, it may be necessary to act today to encourage a student who needs it. While the school-year is still in the first quarter, reaching out to a couple of students could set a positive […]

Firm Parenting Pays Dividends

As I was waiting in line one afternoon in a hotel lobby, I observed a toddler having a conniption, as we say in the South. Actually, it was a full-throttle temper-tantrum. The child made it clear that she wanted to ride the motorcycle in the arcade, despite the fact that her father was trying to get on the elevator. When a child throws a temper tantrum in public, it’s awkward for everyone, especially for the […]

Don’t Get Hooked on a Phishing Trip

Hackers are getting more and more tricky with ways to steal your personal information, as well as private records in your school’s databases. Some phishing emails even use names of people you know to bait the hook. By hacking into your personal computer or school system, offenders could steal your identity without your knowledge; or they highjack private records and hold them for ransom. This scenario has become far too common in schools nationwide. Do […]