Will Your Monkeys Pose?

Will your monkeys pose when you want them to pose? Will your monkeys pose when you want to take an end-of-term photo or yearbook photograph? Do they gather quickly into a neat group? Do they stand straight and still – or do they fidget, annoy others, and slump? Do they […]

How Can You Learn Character from a Shopping Cart?

Leaving a building a few days ago, I hurried across the lobby to a small foyer. There I stopped abruptly, my way blocked by a stranded shopping cart. The industrial strength commercial cart nearly filled the exit area. No one could enter or leave the building without manhandling that brown, […]

“Taming the Toothpaste” Object Lesson

NOTE: This lesson offers multiple opportunities. Use it to address such character concerns as these, to name a few: name-calling, unkind or cruel talk, and gossip self-control kindness respect compassion This lesson works well as either demonstration or hands-on. Choose the one that fits your time constraints and location. Demonstration […]

Teachers – What You Can Do about Problem Students – Part 1

Monday morning, and hallway noise threatens to blow out your smart phone’s volume meter app. You glance at the clock. Precisely four and a half minutes until that classroom door swings open and that noise surges into the room, sucking you into its agitated vortex. The mere thought of that […]

Teachers – What You Can Do about Problem Students – Part 2

As a teacher, you often wonder what you can do about problem students. You may have received counsel to be a friend to problem students. A colleague may have assured you that kindness will solve the problem. Maybe a superior warned you that you had to get a handle on […]

Teachers – What You Can Do about Problem Students – Part 3

Teachers who ask what you can do about problem students, take heart. Despite your own experience in the past – despite what others may have told you – there are indeed things you can do about problem students. The question you want to ask is not what you can do […]

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