Are You Struggling with PBIS Reward Systems?

Are You Struggling with PBIS Reward Systems?

A teacher recently reached out to me about PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) and reward systems. It’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot as I work with teachers across the United States.  I am in a district that expects me to use school cash tickets

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Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Traditional Grading Practices

Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Traditional Grading Practices

Is there a more controversial issue in schools right now than grading? If it’s not at the top of the list, it’s certainly close. As many schools move away from traditional grading practices and toward standards-based (proficiency-based or competency-based) ones, teachers, parents, and kids are confused. While

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How Do You Promote Intrinsic Motivation at School When Kids Get Extrinsic Motivators at Home?

A teacher recently wrote me an email asking for some advice about student motivation. She graciously agreed to let my answer morph into a blog post.   I just finished listening to your ASCD webinar about language.  I found your presentation thoughtful, informative, and practical.  My question for

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Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Homework

Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Homework

There is much debate about what kind of role homework should play in schools. Research on the topic is mixed. It has negative impacts on the achievement of younger children, positive impacts at the high school level, and mixed results in the middle. Despite this, homework is

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Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Incentive Systems

Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Incentive Systems

Are incentive systems used in your school? Do kids get handed tickets or fake money (to be spent at the school store) for walking quietly in hallways? Are gem and marble jars used to motivate kids to raise their hands before asking a question or to encourage

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Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: School Supplies

Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: School Supplies
Do you care about equity in your school? Do you believe that all children should have a fair chance at school success? It’s common for grade levels or departments to create long lists of supplies that students are expected to bring to school on the first dayRead more

Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Introduction

Do you care about equity? Do you want all of your students, regardless of their socioeconomic status (SES), to have a real chance for success? Of course you do. Most teachers consider themselves fiercely protective of students who come from challenging backgrounds. Many of us consider educationRead more

Success in School and Beyond

This article, published through the UNH Extensions blog, highlights a workshop I taught in northern, NH. It was an energizing and exciting day! https://extension.unh.edu/blog/success-school-and-beyondRead more

Should Teachers Call Students “Friends”?

Should Teachers Call Students “Friends”?
What do you think--should teachers call students "friends"? Educators at William H. Rowe School in Yarmouth, Maine are engaged in an exploration of teacher-talk. They’re using What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior as a book studyRead more

Avoid the “If-Then” Trap

We want students to be more than compliant, don’t we? In addition to doing the right things, we want them to do so for the right reasons. We want students to pick up trash to keep the room clean, to be kind to others because it makes them

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