I recently received this study skills question from a concerned parent. My answer to her question may apply or help others, so I chose to include it as a blog article.
My initial training on how to coach co-teachers came from my mentor, the late Dr. Mike Mezzocchi. There are three truisms that he shared with me that I never forgot and have carried with me through every coaching relationship.
I was a high school teacher during the mini-skateboard (they were officially called “Fingerboards”) craze of the early 2000’s. At the time, I worked with students who had trouble with self-control, focusing, and getting their work done. The day that a mini-skateboard flipped off a desk and hit anoth [...]
Sometimes, it helps to have an idea of how to respond to student behavior in a way that encourages students to own their actions, does not create a power struggle, and is consistent and effective. When using these scripts, issue each statement in a calm tone of voice, with normal voice volume. Be ca [...]
The fluorescent lighting used in most classrooms can lead to a host of difficulties for children (and adults), including migraines. By diffusing these harsh lights, and introducing more natural light into the classroom, we’re working with the body’s natural circadian rhythms to indicate to the brain [...]