Apr 26

The Difference Between Discipline And Punishment

Teaching

There is a difference between discipline and punishment. Punishment is about eliminating misbehavior. It’s often meted out in frustration and focuses more on gaining (or regaining) control over the student. Discipline on the other hand, is about teaching students the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior and helping students make better choices in the future. […]

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Apr 19

20 Signs YOU Might Be a Discipline Problem

Teaching

One of my favorite definitions of a discipline problem is “whenever a behavior interferes with the teaching act, interferes with the rights of others to learn, is psychologically or physically unsafe, or destroys property” (Levin and Nolan, 1996).That means, not only can students be discipline problems, but we can sometimes be inadvertent discipline problems as […]

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Apr 05

Telescope, Microscope, Periscope, or Stethoscope?

Teaching

I recently read a post by one of my mentors about the different lenses through which entrepreneurs need to view their businesses and it occurred to me — as educators we have several “lenses” through which we see our work. The challenge is that we must choose the right lens for the right situation.Here’s what […]

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Mar 29

My 3 Top Takeaways from ASCD 2017

Teaching

I’ve just returned from the ASCD Annual Conference #empower17 and I thought I would share my 3 top takeaways from the conference.Takeaway #1: Personalize, customize, and empowerMore and more I am hearing how important it is to offer students more choice and voice in the classroom. Not only does it empower students to be self-directed […]

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Mar 08

A Tale of Two Teachers

Teaching

I want to tell you a story about two teachers. Both were my professors my first semester in graduate school.Both teachers were brilliant researchers and writers, both were highly engaging teachers, and both were likable human beings.And, I was failing both of their classes.It wasn’t that I wasn’t trying. I worked really hard, attended class, […]

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Mar 01

Positional Power versus Personal Power

Teaching

In this video, Robyn shares a story of a woman who was chasing the wrong kind of power. Watch Robyn explain the difference between positional power and personal power and how you can be a leader no matter where you are. After you watch the video, we would love to hear from you. Which do […]

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Feb 15

The Attribution Myth

Teaching

The third myth is the attribution myth. The attribution myth has to do with cause and effect and it happens when we attribute the effect of student behavior to the wrong cause. Sometimes, we wrongly explain a students’ motivation or behavior. Other times, we over simplify a cause by omitting steps or ignoring other factors […]

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Feb 08

The Fake It Before You Make It Myth

Teaching

The second myth about high expectations that plague many educators is the “Fake it before you make it” myth. Those who believe this myth argue that you can act your way into developing high expectations for students. They encourage teachers to pretend that they have high expectations for students by using high expectancy behaviors such […]

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