Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 STEMtech Conference

We will be presenting at the 2012 STEMtech Conference in Kansas City on Monday, October 29th at 8:00 a.m.  Our presentation will be about discovering the tools necessary for building a classroom that floats with clearly defined limits, mutual respect and warm emotional support.  We asked participants to come and discuss why teaching discipline is just as important as teaching the curriculum. 
Will update you on how it goes!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

There is so much renewed interest in finding a process to empower students to become agents of change that we are very excited to announce we have just completed our Training Manual for Student-Led Campaigns that addresses culture and climate issues that the students themselves identify! (One of the most identified issues is regarding disenfranchised youth and feeling disconnected from the school and adults)  We have assisted over 60 schools and communities across 20 states and have addressed such issues as graduation rates, attendance rates, advancing homework completion and assignment rates, respect, stress, texting and driving, teen pregnancy, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and parents supporting parents
What is a Concierge Approach Campaign?

The Concierge Approach is the service-product solution that helps improve upon particular school culture and climate challenges, because it delivers specifically customized and effective turnkey campaigns backed by research-based proven solutions.
The Concierge Approach is built on a convergence of theories that organize, empower and mobilize groups of people to identify and implement solutions to the very problems that challenge them.  This strength-based approach draws from the theories and practices of normative education, the science of change, the power of influence, social norms and social marketing, resulting in a community-based call to action.

The Concierge Approach is:

· A Call-To-Action for students to become the “carriers of the social epidemic”

·       An evidence-based strategy, universally applied

·       Driven by relevant and current data

·       A way to shine the light on health 

·       Strength-based approach
  •     A positive way to engage students and community as agents of change
·       A student implemented-adult facilitated strategy

·       Re-energizing to staff and community

·       Showing positive outcomes

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Chances" Vs. "Choices"

At times, it seems that the two words, "chances" and "choices", are used interchangeably, but that would be incorrect.  A chance is a behavior or making a decision that I hope will turn out OK.  If I throw three balls at a carnival doll, there is a chance I might knock it over and win a prize. If I sit at a slot machine or a card table, there is a chance I might win.  A chance places many of the factors for a positive outcome external to me.   If I continue to misbehave in the classroom or in life because I understand that I have been granted two mulligans, I realize that I really don’t have to get serious the first two times.  Conversely, a choice gives me the opportunity to make a correct or healthy decision immediately.  A choice puts the power in my hands and gives me a real life experience to do the right thing.

When given multiple chances to do the right thing, there is an implied agreement that I will not be held accountable the first two times.  Have we ever heard a five year old, or an adult for that matter, say, “Give me one more choice?”  Likely not, because the implicit message in a choice is the agreement that I am capable of making an appropriate decision and the responsibility to do so is mine.  Culturally it seems we have been on a slippery slope when using these two words interchangeably.  We want to avoid the danger in contributing to the “normalization of excuse-making.” 

Your thoughts are welcome!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

3 Chances-A Culture of Normalized Excuses

Ever think about how much instructional and learning time is WASTED by giving multiple warnings and repeated requests like “3 strikes and you’re out”, “3 spots on the frog and you don’t get a prize”, “3 steps up a ladder and you get time out”.  Think about how athletes get 3 failed drug tests before they are kicked off the team.  Are we training our children and youth to take every opportunity to disrupt the learning process up until the point where something negative will happen?  I REALLY believe that students can learn to self-correct with just one request.  It’s all in the expectations you set, the consistent adherence and the techniques you use.  Perhaps the most important characteristic of good parents is that they don’t have to “say it twice”.  In reality, they don’t CHOOSE to say it twice!!!  As we train teachers in "Time to Teach", this is one of the most popular components that allow teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.

 Next blog…”Chances” vs. “Choices”

Monday, October 8, 2012

Avoiding Power Struggles

One of the main components of “Time To Teach” is that of Self-Control.  There is strong emphasis on remaining calm, responding right and avoiding power struggles.  We should not allow ourselves, as teachers and school personnel, to continually be frustrated, react negatively and be drawn into conflict.  Instead, it is important to practice strategies that allow learning to continue, even when students act in challenging and disruptive ways. 
Some vital behaviors you can use tomorrow are:
* Use wait time of at least 10 seconds by being still and allowing the student to self-correct. 
* Respect personal space of 1 1/2 to 3 feet by backing away
* Rick Dahlgren of Time to Teach says, "Be Horatio Caine, not Dog the Bounty Hunter"
In only a 1-Day staff development training, you can learn so many more practical strategies like:
Using "Push-Asides" Vs. "Walk-Aways" and using "Diffusers"
Want more information...don't hesitate to let us know.
Jim Campain, LCSW

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Take Care of Yourself As You Take Care of Others!

I KNOW that all my friends "out there" work so hard and continually see to the needs and wants of others.  So........don't forget about yourself and how important YOU are!!!
Need a healthy pick-me-up? Reach for this smoothie:

1 scoop protein powder (whatever you like...I like Garden of Life Raw Veggie Protein)
1/2 banana frozen
1 handful spinach leaves
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup Pomegranate Juice
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Enjoy!!! Take Care of Yourself!!! You always take care of others!