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Book Review: The Behavior Code

July 17, 2012 in Book Review by Dennise Goldberg

Robert Langdon has nothing on Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport.  While Robert Langdon was out cracking the DaVinci Code using symbology and being chased by deadly assassins Jessica and Nancy were hard at work in our public schools cracking “The Behavior Code” for our most challenging students.  In their new book, “The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students,” Jessica and Nancy share their wisdom and experience working with the most misunderstood population in our schools.  This book is a must read for every Teacher in elementary school whether you are in a general education or special education setting.  I also highly recommend that Parents read this book as well to get an understanding of what it takes to change behavior and how important it is to carry these philosophies over to the home environment. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Inspirational Teacher Series – Michelle Tschannen

May 24, 2012 in Inspirational Teacher Series by Dennise Goldberg

Today in the Inspirational Teacher Series we profile Michelle Tschannen. While I do not know Michelle personally I was very impressed reading her responses below. Unlike many of our other profiles Michelle works in a Private School setting and her specific classroom focuses on children with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

1. What is your name?

Michelle Tschannen

2. What is your education level and credentials?

Masters of Teaching- K-12 Special Education License in VA, concentration in LD, E/BD, and ID

3. What would you like a one-sentence description of yourself to say?

Michelle is a dedicated, loving teacher who believes in the power of education to transform lives. Read the rest of this entry →

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Beware of the Color Chart

April 22, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

While the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is becoming more widespread in public schools across the nation, teachers are still struggling with how to deliver "consequences" for inappropriate behavior. I often hear things such as, "I do provide positive reinforcement, but what message does it send to children if we do not also punish them when they engage in negative behaviors?" Or my favorite: "What message does it send to other students if this child is allowed to act this way?" The problem is that there is a misinterpretation of PBIS in many classrooms. Consequences do need to be delivered when problem behaviors occur; however, the term consequence is not synonymous with punishment or aversive treatment. Read the rest of this entry →

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