How to Manage Power & Control Behaviors Effectively

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ah, the joys of the very combative and controlling student! Many of our kiddos with emotional disabilities display these behaviors. Here's a few tips I've learned along the way to help manage these students so you can stop the disruption and keep teaching.

Stay calm.
I know, you're thinking, "DUH." But it needs to be said. You are the teacher & the "tone setter". If you are becoming agitated and your voice, face, and body are showing it... all bets are off. Take a deep breath, and honestly - SMILE. There is surprisingly a lot of research that states that it is really hard to stay angry if you're smiling. Not only will it help YOU to relax and calm yourself, but it sets the tone visually for the class. Even if you're NOT calm, you need to fake it 'til you make it with this student. 

5 Practical Suggestions for Managing The Student Who Steals

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ah, the stealing student. It's so tough. The kid takes everything. From exciting things like toys and manipulatives to "weird stuff" like broken pencils and random office supplies. What do you even do?

In the ED/BD world we see this a lot. It's an unfortuante problem because it's one that cannot be ignored. In the "real world" (isn't school the real world too? I've never really understood that phrase, and here I am using it!), you get fined or arrested for this. It's a behavior that needs to stop now. Here are 5 suggestions to help deal with the kiddo taking stuff.

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