Hiedi France, Ed.D., is a school psychologist and author who has devoted her career to helping children succeed. She is also the founder of Behavior Savers which makes easy to use social emotional resources for educators, therapists, and parents.
Enjoy our collection of terrific behavior management tips and advice from experienced educators. It is our hope that every teacher, both new teachers and veterans, can find some tidbits of wisdom to help them in their classroom. We celebrate all those educators that spend his or her days making a difference in the life of every student.
Behavior Saver #12-Start Each Day New
Who doesn’t like a redo? We all have had days or moments we would like to forget. Our students that exhibit problem behaviors in the classroom need the chance to have a new day every day. This does not mean we forget or excuse problem behavior. However, it lets them know that they are NOT defined by their worst behavior.
What it is:
This strategy is part of the restorative process. It tells students that we will not focus on the problem but the solutions. We will continue to support them and help them to make better choices today. When you have a student that you are frustrated by their behavior, make it a point to not bring up old issues every day. It is also important to believe that they can do better today. Just remember that all change takes time. Focus on the small efforts towards change rather than the end product. This will keep frustration for both you and the student manageable.
I love this book to help me remember how important connecting with students is:
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