Why I Stopped Teaching My Students to Follow the Rules

Raise your hand if you spend hours each week talking with students about following the rules. Ha…yeah, pretty much everyone, right?! Behaviors and consequences, detentions, suspensions, time outs, rules, rules, rules. Maybe it’s just me but I seriously feel like school … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: 12 Classroom Uses for Spray Paint

As I’m getting ready for the school year, I’m always look for quick, inexpensive ways to add a little pizzaz to my office for the year. One of the ways I LOVE to do this is by using spray paint. … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: Make-Your-Own Customized Planner Stickers

If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been working on getting my Erin Condren Life Planner set up for when school starts. I ended up ordering the sticker book they sell, but found that I still wanted more stickers … Continue reading

How I Use My Erin Condren Life Planner

After my last post about the new 2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planners, a few of you have been asking me to share how I use it for school social work/counseling purposes. This is for you! On a side note, I’ve often … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: Daily Check-Out Questions

Each year, I address the needs of some of the students on my caseload through a check-in, check-out program. I’ll probably write more about it another time, but the jist is that my students have a behavior chart that their … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: Strategies for Working With Students Who Self-Injure

Last week, I talked about several myths surrounding self-injury. This week, I want to follow that up with some information about some of the warning signs of self-injury, as well as what you can help students who self-injure. Warning Signs of Possible … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: Gold Tag Behavior Management Plan

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you may know that I really really dislike behavior clip charts. I know I know…please don’t hurt me! Yes, they’re super easy for teachers, but I honestly cannot tell you how many times … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: 8 Easy Ways to Make Mondays Better

Let’s face it. Mondays are probably most people’s least favorite day of the week. I’ve never really LOVED Mondays even before I had a “real job,” but after working in schools, I can safely say that Mondays can feel like the.absolute.worst. … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks :: 9 Ways to Prep for and Survive *That* Stressful Meeting

  I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’ve either already had, or will be having at some point this year, a meeting that you are NOT looking forward to. Whether it’s an IEP meeting, … Continue reading

Do You Tsū?

  Recently, I’ve seen quite a bit of buzz surrounding the new social media platform, “tsū” (pronounced “sue”). My first thought was, “uh…seriously? Another social network? Between the Twitters, Facebooks, Pinterests, and Instagrams of the world, aren’t people a bit … Continue reading