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Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% « ACEs Too High

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% « ACEs Too High
Jim Sporleder, principal of Lincoln High School THE FIRST TIME THAT principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away. Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the Old Approach to Student Discipline. This is how it went down: A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. “Wow. The kid was ready. defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. Whoa. And then he goes back to the teacher and apologizes. “The kid still got a consequence,” explains Sporleder – but he wasn’t sent home, a place where there wasn’t anyone who cares much about what he does or doesn’t do. Before the words “namby-pamby”, “weenie”, or “not the way they did things in my day” start flowing across your lips, take a look at these numbers: 2009-2010 (Before new approach) 798 suspensions (days students were out of school)50 expulsions600 written referrals First. Second.

take the test online The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up. <div style="border:2px solid #000; padding:8px;"><p><b>Sorry, the Johari Window requires Javascript</b> - you either have Javascript turned off in your browser settings, or are using a browser that does not support it.</p></div>

The Power of a Mindful Minute in Schools (and at Home) A “bellringer” is a short activity that some teachers put on the board in the beginning of a class so students have something to do while attendance is being taken. Recently, one teacher among a quietly growing group tried something radically different to start his class: a mindfulness practice. What did he notice? Student participation is up and class disruption is down. He also noticed that the quality of their writing was far better and students wanted to continue the practice.

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School A guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources for combating bullying. (Updated 10/2013) Resources by Topic: Each October, individuals and organizations nationwide work together to raise awareness of bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month, an initiative of the PACER Center.

Racial empathy gap: People don’t perceive pain in other races Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because he perceived him as dangerous. The defense argues he was, the prosecution argues he wasn’t. No one, of course, argues that Zimmerman approached Martin with kindness, or stopped to consider the boy as anything other than suspicious, an outsider.

The Overprotected Kid A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens in half an hour.” Bullying Prevention: Tips for Teachers, Principals, and Parents Updated 10/2013 Approximately 32 percent of students report being bullied at school. Bullied students are more likely to take a weapon to school, get involved in physical fights, and suffer from anxiety and depression, health problems, and mental health problems. They suffer academically (especially high-achieving black and Latino students).

10 Simple Postures That Boost Performance Psychological research suggests simple actions can project power, persuade others, increase empathy, boost cognitive performance and more… We tend to think of body language as something that expresses our internal states to the outside world. But it also works the other way around: the position of our body also influences our mind. As the following psychological research shows, how we move can drive both thoughts and feelings and this can boost performance. 1.

New York Has the Trippiest Reading Exams Composing tests for eighth-graders may not initially seem like the most creative pursuit, but it is lucrative: A company was paid $32 million dollars to revamp the New York state exams last year, and they've come up with something unexpectedly special (if a bit opaque). One question on a recent reading exam is confusing kids, teachers, and parents alike, and features a twist on the tortoise and the hare fable including a talking pineapple, magical animals, and a lot of exclamation marks. Here, just give it a shot: The Pineapple and the HareIn the olden times, animals could speak English, just like you and me.

Fair Isn’t Equal: Seven Classroom Tips In last month's post, I mentioned that there are two skills that separate great teachers from good ones. I explained that the first skill is the ability to reframe student behavior, to see it in new ways. Today I want to discuss the second skill: knowing how to treat students fairly by not treating them the same. Allen Mendler and I introduced the idea that fair isn't equal to the education community in 1988 in the first edition of Discipline With Dignity (an updated, more comprehensive explanation with examples is provided in the current edition). Since then, nearly all of the educators who have used our model have seen remarkable results when resolving a wide range of behavior issues. Germantown Avenue Parents – a letter to teachers on the use of stoplights in the classroom Dear Teacher, Before you hang that stoplight up for the new school year, please put yourself on red for a minute or two. Rethink the idea that hanging a large paper traffic light in the front of the room, dotted with magnets or popsicle sticks displaying each student’s name is ok. Rethink the concept that publicly tracking behavior and doling out consequences based on whose behavior moves them off of green each day is fair, kind, or appropriate.

A Fascinating Way to Put a Stop to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Children Photo Credit: advprojectdc; Screenshot / April 7, 2014 | Like this article? Dealing with Students Who Bully: Part I (The Essential First Step) Note: Just as I warned about the dangers of identifying kids as "victims" in my last post, I try to avoid calling kids "bullies." So even though it's faster and easier to label a kid as a bully, I prefer to say "a kid who bullied another." It might seem like a subtle difference, but I think it dramatically changes our perception and behavior. After reading "Standing Up to Bullying: Refusing to Be a Victim," a reader from New Hampshire asked me to discuss how I would handle a student who bullies another. The following scene (or something like it) happened to me more than once during my time as a middle school administrator.