Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crisis Teams... Do you have one??

Hello Everyone!  I have really been struggling with what to come back to this blog and say after the horrible event on Friday. 

I know we all have lockdown procedures in our school... but I really got to thinking about crisis teams and the importance of handling crisis within your school when it comes to a student running, hiding, or being overly aggressive.  Before I go into a lot about crisis teams, I wanted to ask some things.  Please leave a comment, e-mail me, or write on my facebook wall to give me an idea of what needs you have relating to a crisis team.

Do you have crisis teams at school?

If so, are there different levels to call? 

How do you call a crisis team at your school?

Do you have a door plan?

What questions do you have about crisis teams?

Once I get some comments, I will be able to write a blog post about these teams to help you all out.

I hope everyone is having a good week before break!  Make sure to use positive reinforcement and show your students you care even more this week than usual.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Liebster Award Questions

A Basket Full of Apples nominated me for the Liebster Award. I have received this award before, but since then, they have added a part that the person gets to ask you questions.  I am not going to do all the parts of the award again, but I figured that I haven't shared a lot about myself so this would be a fun way to do it.

1. What is your favorite place to travel to?
New York City or any beach 

2. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?
Play with my puppy 

3. What is your favorite blog to follow?
This is a difficult one, but I really love HeidiSongs.  Check her blog out at http://heidisongs.blogspot.com/.  She always has great ideas and on her Facebook Fan Page, she is always linking to other great ideas.
4. What is your favorite thing to do with your class?
Joke Around - My students have a lot of emotional and behavior issues, so it is a lot of fun when they are in a good mood and let their sense of humor shine through.
5. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Where Are You Christmas?  By Faith Hill
6. What is your advice for a new teacher?
Find a Behavior plan that works for you and your students - Then be flexible with it!  If you don't have the students' behavior under control, then learning won't happen as successfully as it could.
7. What is your favorite site to get cute clipart?
I actually have started getting clip art from anywhere.  I need to start finding sites for this.  If you have any ideas.. Let me know!
8. What is your favorite children's book?
Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements

9. What is your favorite grown up book?
Any of Beverly Lewis' books about Amish
10. What is your favorite food treat?
11. What is your best accomplishment?
I have been through a lot in my life and I have overcame a lot and become the person I have strived to be.. even though it has been a difficult journey and still is...


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Push The Restart Button

This week got away from me and I didn't get time to blog!  How do you all feel about full moons?  No matter what any one else says... I will always stand by the fact that it does affect the moods and attitudes of students!  Boy... what a week?!!

One of the biggest things about dealing with difficult behaviors is:

Don't Forget To Start Over Each Day...  Have A Fresh Start

It is one of the easiest things to tell you to do, but one of the hardest things to actually do! 

If a student is removed from my classroom... once they return... I have to give them a fresh start and a new chance.  I welcome them back with a smile and make them feel like a part of the class, as if they didn't miss anything. 

If a student returns and does not feel like they have a restart, then the behaviors will just continue and usually escalate.

Last week was a very rough week.. but as I plan for this coming week... I have to remember that we all deserve a restart!  I will go into work tomorrow ready to teach these students and ready to help them each deal with their emotions to have a successful week of learning!

What do you do to help yourself give students a Fresh Start?

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