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Ep2 – A Detour Doesn’t Mean You’re Lost

Episode Highlights Just because you take a detour doesn’t mean you’re lost. Some journeys take longer and are more challenging. But we can make it. In life and in the classroom, our perception of our ability to affect the journey

Posted in Behavioral Tips, Podcast

Ep1 – The Problem with “Perfection”

Episode Highlights This episode is my first attempt at a podcast recording. It’s fitting that it’s a reflection on perfectionism by a perfectionist. Not a big surprise to those that know me well that I have the burden of being

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Engage Your Community with Staff Introduction Videos

Title Image Intro Videos

Maya Angelou stated, “People forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel.” Remember this great advice when introducing yourself on your websites and class pages. If pictures are worth

Posted in Staff & Family Engagement

See Students as Solutions Instead of Problems

Every child has gifts and values. Some of those gifts take longer to figure out than others. Great teachers make enormous efforts to connect with every child and look at them as a whole child with relative strengths and weaknesses,

Posted in Behavioral Tips

Breathing Strategies to Relax Students

“Just Relax” – Yea Right! Students are stressed. Teachers are stressed. And it’s understandable and should be expected. If you do this job right, it takes a lot out of you and drains you emotionally and physically. There is so

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Sensory Toys, Tools, Tips, & Kits

Many of our students have sensory issues and we need to provide them with extra tools to address these needs throughout the day. This post and video helps explain some of the ‘why’ behind these toys and a reflection in

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Sensory-friendly supports and alternatives for intense lessons

There are times where some of our most interesting and engaging lessons are just too much for some of our students. The lights, sounds, and excitement can cause a lot of anxiety that ruins the amazing experience and all the

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Slow down & give leadertunities to others

A little moment today with my son helped me rethink our work with teachers and students. Random Saturday morning. I really should be thinking about anything else after a long week. Does anyone else have these random leadership thoughts that

Posted in Leadership Lessons

The Call to Reduce the Use of Email

The first email was sent on a local network in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. He sent this to a computer sitting right next to his computer and the message was “something like QWERTYUIOP” in the email. Tomlinson

Posted in Leadership Lessons

Sensory Friendly Haircuts

For many families like mine, even simple things can be very stressful. When our son was little, the barber shop and a tight haircut, one of my favorite things, was way too much and very overwhelming for him. I had

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