I have just posted a short list and description of commonly seen masking behaviors. These behaviors maybe indicators that the behavioral problem may be academic in nature. If that is the case, it is easier to fix.
It is unfortunate that the rate of sexual violence going on in schools has been on the increase. This increase is not limited to college but has trickled down to the middle school and elementary levels. During the 2007-08 school year, there were 800 rapes on elementary, middle, and high school campuses. The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has just published it’s guidlines to help schools address this issue. Those guidlines can be found here.
There is a new documentary out about the dangers of putting too much pressure on students through testing and AP courses. It is called Race to Nowhereand I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about education reform. Although it approaches education from a different perspective than Waiting for Superman, It is a good companion film.
I have just added a new page on mandated Reporting. The page is a quick review as well as a video covering warning signs and what should be reported. The page is by no means compete and I will be adding more relevant information in the coming days.
I just posted a page on the newer trend of “bucking” going on in schools. If you know what bucking is then you know it is not new but just Playing the Dozens under a new name. Please take a moment to read the new article and share any comments or suggestions you may have for addressing this problem.
Education today is a vastly different playing field than it was just a few years ago and light years away from where it was when I was in school. Yet, many institutions still cling to the idea of the traditional school setting. This idea cannot and will not survive in today’s economic and political climate. We are currently in an era where education budgets are being cut and teachers are being vilified. Jon Stewart explains it best here:
So it is with this climate in mind that we must approach the future of education. One of my core principles is more technology in the classroom. I still stand by this. Technology is a part of today’s students’ everyday life. I know that many teachers can be frightened of this technology. It brings to mind a quote from Douglas Adams, “Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things (Adams, 2002).” It is into this last category that many teachers fall into. It is not just because they are over thirty-five, a lot of them are not, but because they are not taught how to successfully use and incorporate this technology. As a colleague pointed out, we need to have a clear definition of what technology is. She reminded me that at one point the chalkboard was considered new technology. I am looking at the definition of technology as collaborative tools that help teachers reach their intended audience which is today’s students. Today’s students are not impressed with the chalkboard but would like education to resemble social media. We as educators can do that to a point. We can create wikis that allow collaboration between students, classes or schools. We can raise our expectations and require that reports include a multimedia element such as a PowerPoint presentation with embedded video. If the student finds the subject boring, we need to make the presentation and requirements as interesting as possible. Technology, as described above, is one way to do that.
I also think that more technology can allow us to do more outside of the traditional classroom. Online learning can be done on weekends or extra courses can be taken after school. It could even allow students of a certain age to work part of the day and still earn their diploma online. For getting started or more information on this, I plan to have a Moodle mini activity up and running by the end of March. In the meantime you can check out this article posted by Edutopia, http://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning-teacher-development. I also believe that e-books will replace the traditional textbook within the next 2-3 years. Do not take my word for it, however, check out this video from the 2011 Horizon Report (NMC Publications, 2011).
Another one of the goals for this site is to have up to date information on RTI and other behavioral management strategies. I plan to post at least one blog a month with new tips and techniques for teachers, administrators or parents on how to deal with difficult students. In the coming year, I will also add two or three more mini activities to go along with these strategies. I will expand upon the ideas already posted and continue to update those pages as well, so please check back in often to get the latest in information and ideas. My goal is to have the site double in size by February of 2012. I want to cover relevant topics in education. I hope that we can keep the discussion going and share ideas on what works and the best way to reach students. It is only by working together that we will change the course of education and, to paraphrase the President, “win the future.” So let’s explore what is on the horizon for education. If we are proactive, we will be prepared when that horizon arrives.
Adams, D. (2002). The Salmon of Doubt. New York: Pocket Books.
NMC Publications. (2011). 2011 Horizon Report. Austin: The New Media Consortium.
This is my first LMS so bear with me on the crudeness of it. It is meant to be a quick introduction to the topic of counter aggression. The entire lesson, including the discussion, should take no longer than 15 minutes. Please be honest with your feedback. It is the only way I am going to improve.