DAN ST. ROMAIN

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Teacher-Moms

The day a teacher becomes a mom she is forever changed. Because from this point forward she can’t help but see her own students through the eyes of both parent and teacher. This does not mean she accepts things like poor behavior or disorganization, but by having a...

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Embracing Differences

Do you know any odd birds? Individuals in your life who you love, even though some of their behaviors can be unique and challenging? Or are you like me, the person who at times can relate to being that odd bird? Either way, there are lessons to be learned from this....

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Testing Obsession

It’s crunch time in schools right now, as many educators wait on results from their standardized tests. This got me to thinking; I find it fascinating and disturbing how much emphasis we place on paper/pencil evaluations in the school system when most job-related...

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Drama

Teachers, don’t feed the beast called drama.  In the spring semester it’s easy to be overtaken by the emotional climate of the school. Everyone is “on edge” and this can bring out the worst behaviors in even the calmest of individuals. The problem is that survival...

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Processing Time

Around this time of year, it is important to remember that misbehavior in the classroom can be a sign that kids’ brains are on overload.  I have a Far Side cartoon that speaks to this issue. A student raises his hand and asks the teacher, “Mrs. Osborne, may I be...

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Variable Giftedness

Have you known students who didn’t do well in school, but turned out fine when they left the education system?  That would have described me when I was younger.  I really struggled - as evidenced by my report cards.  I’d post one, but it would be ugly.  In school I...

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Spring Fever

Did you know that most of the behavior strategies you use with kids also work with adults?  Behavior is behavior - and whether a person is five or fifty-five, I believe we all do the best we are able given the skills at our disposal.  So whichever side of Spring Break...

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Behavior Lessons Learned

Behavior is fascinating.  Just when I think I’ve figured things out, I either learn something new or remember something I’ve forgotten.  This week, it was the latter.  And in the process, I was also reminded about some basic universal principles on shaping behavior....

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Power Washing

Have I mentioned how much I love spring?  January and February are busy months for work, so I’m excited when March arrives and I can spend time in our yard – which I did yesterday.  And I’m happy to report that after 12 hours of scrubbing and power washing, our...

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