Teacher Tips: Supporting Families in Times of Stress

If you are a teacher, you have most likely encountered situations where a parent has told you information of a sensitive matter that has left you with uncertainty in how to respond. You may feel uncomfortable, unsure of what to say, and at a loss of how to help! Maybe […] Read more »

Parent Conferences: tips for parents

Preparing for the Parent-Teacher Conference At least once per year, you will be contacted by your child’s school inviting you in for a parent-teacher conference. For many, this is an exciting time to get an update on how your child is progressing in school. For many others, this could be […] Read more »

Privacy PLEASE!

    We all need privacy from time to time. Students are of no exception. This is especially true when you need to address a personal topic with them. Really, its nobody else’s business what may be going on with a student personally, academically, or socially. Granted, many of the day-to-day […] Read more »

Tantrum or Meltdown: Which one is it?

Is there a difference? Well, actually, yes!   It is very important for parents and teachers to understand the differences between tantrums and meltdowns. Although they can consist of similar behaviors  like yelling, crying, hitting, spitting, or biting, it is important to distinguish between the two. Why? Because it will guide how we […] Read more »

Separation Anxiety in Young Children

It’s a feeling I will never forget…leaving my 6 month old at daycare for the first time! I expected that she would have some difficulty with my leaving her ( and vice versa!) but I didn’t anticipate it to go on as long as it did! Three months later and […] Read more »

Sensory Processing Disorders in the Classroom

Sensory Processing Disorders in the Classroom Ask any preschool teacher what one of the most difficult aspects of their job is and 9 out of 10 times they are going to tell you it’s dealing with problem behaviors.  When you have a child in your class with sensory integration challenges […] Read more »

Focusing Young Ones

Hocus Pocus, This is How We Focus!   The setting: Circle time in a 3 year old preschool class. The Teacher claps twice then states in an animated voice: “Hocus pocus,”  Children Respond “…this is how we focus!” I heard this cute little phrase in a preschool classroom one day to […] Read more »

Positive Discipline in School

 Understanding Positive Discipline in Schools Before we even address how this works, please understand that discipline is not punishment. Let me say that again, discipline is not punishment! These are two different concepts.  Although having a disciplinarian in the building, normally the vice principal or principal depending on your school […] Read more »

“Give me attention!”

Attention Seeking Students They follow you. They interrupt you. They talk out. They touch your stuff. They touch you. They are in your face. They talk louder and louder until they get your attention (or are told to go on their way). They are a distraction to others. They misbehave. They […] Read more »