The Power of Positivity

Mar 13, 2017

Janice Smith

There are certainly some times of the school year that are harder than others.  October, February, that stretch right before Spring Break… I’m sure some of you reading this can relate.  And it was those times that I found myself disciplining more often, and smiling less often.  While sometimes it can be a tough time of […]

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Crystal Clear Directions

Apr 11, 2016

Janice Smith

Last week we shared a clip from Ms. Thoi’s PE class, specifically how she transitions students to the gym.  As promised, this week we’ll share a follow up from her class showing how she keeps it tight and urgent beyond just the transition, into the introduction of new content. When we think about getting 100% […]

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Color Systems & Behavior Management

Feb 1, 2016

Janice Smith

One of my former students is getting ready to graduate college this year and is in the process of applying for teaching positions.  This, alongside her student teaching experience, has led to some great conversations about teaching and classrooms over the past couple years, and most recently the topic of ‘color charts’ came up as […]

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This article showed up on Facebook today, and a friend asked for thoughts from her educator friends.  After you take a look, it will probably come as no surprise that a variety of responses came in, including some of disgust, as her friends read about ‘No-Nonsense’ teaching.  I hesitated to respond at first, as this […]

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#Get Specific

Dec 8, 2014

Janice Smith

There’s a big difference between a ‘Great job’, and really specific positive narration.  We believe the latter is important for several reasons, and this week’s Video of the Week is a compilation of moments from Samantha Thomas’s Kindergarten classroom at Cornerstone Prep in San Jose. Why Getting Specific matters… 1.  It provides an opportunity to […]

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