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Ep9 – ADHD – Skills for Life, Not Just School: Featuring Elisha Bauss

Episode Highlights What does ADHD really mean for our students and how can we help kids help themselves for life, not just school?  In my conversation with Elisha, there were so many great takeaways for working with kids with ADHD and

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Ep3 – Who’s In Charge of Your Day?

Episode Highlights Are you running your day or is your day running you? How do some people seem to get things done and look like that are in full control, even now in the midst of a chaos? It is

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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

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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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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,

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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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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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Modeling Should Be Exact for Student Success in Lessons

As principal, I have the honor of observing classroom lessons to learn about instruction and student motivation. This week I was able to directly see the positive impact that specific and direct modeling had on student performance in a 4th

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