Moving Beyond Planned Ignore and Proximity Prase: Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? I have been in many classrooms where the behavior specialists come in and suggest methods to overcome a persistent challenging behavior in class. I always had to work to keep my mouth shut when I hear these professionals suggest planned ignore, praise around, and behavior charts as a panacea … More Moving Beyond Planned Ignore and Proximity Prase: Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors

Why Do So Many Autistic Students Constantly Test Boundaries

  An Educational Aside I have been thinking a lot lately a lot about why students break the rules and push boundaries and what we, as teachers and parents, can do about it. What I have come to a rather simple conclusion that I think is borne out in the literature. I believe there are … More Why Do So Many Autistic Students Constantly Test Boundaries

To Help Students Succeed We Need to Collect the RIGHT Data

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance – US Army 7Ps I will start this post with two fairly controversial assertions that I will defend later. In schools, we do not collect nearly enough data on student behavior When we do collect data, they are most likely the wrong … More To Help Students Succeed We Need to Collect the RIGHT Data

Kids Think: Behaviorism Will Fail Until It Accepts This Fact

An Education Aside So I have been thinking a lot about behavior and why I am able to effect significant change in a classroom when people purportedly more qualified than myself fail. I have come to the conclusion that my success is entirely the approach I take. This method was learned from my mother and … More Kids Think: Behaviorism Will Fail Until It Accepts This Fact

Teachers Should Lift Up Disabled Students, Not Hold Them Down

A Teaching Aside So, every once in a while I help out families that have to navigate the educational system with disabled children. Most often autistic or fragile X kids (once again this is a good time to note I am not a proponent of person first language). These phone calls tend to be very … More Teachers Should Lift Up Disabled Students, Not Hold Them Down