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As a newcomer this past year, I did not anticipate being welcomed into an organization so willing to accept new ideas and try new things to help their students.  For me, one particular classroom team’s efforts to overcome challenges and frustration throughout the 2009-2010 school year was a remarkable example of positive growth and change.

Faced with increasingly frequent and severe behavioral issues, the team members worked hard to address the problems within their classroom while also expressing their concerns and ideas to others staff members. »Read More

August 16, 2010

Back in the days of authoritarian parenting in the ’50s, obedience and propriety were high values. Digressions from good manners, respect and good behavior were often met with punishment. But then in the ’60s and ’70s, things changed. Parents wanted higher self-esteem for their kids and closer relationships with them. Fear-based, power-coercive relationships went the way of the rod in classrooms.

So it’s no wonder that today’s teens feel much more free to act out than their predecessors ever hoped. And they do. Just ask any parent of a teenager, who will likely complain about rudeness, ill manners, constant criticism and even being yelled at by their teenager. »Read More