Challenges During Social Distancing

It’s been about three weeks now that we started this period of social distancing. The first week happened to be March Break so I think most of the kids, and parents, may have enjoyed the time as we were probably all looking forward to March Break. As the weeks...

Consequences : Good or Bad? That depends…

Consequences are only useful when used sparingly at the right time for the right reason. Types of Consequences- Natural Consequence – Occur as a result of a certain action or behaviour by the child Can Could be positive or negative Not imposed by a parent or...

Setting an Expectation or Using Plan A

I was covering for another principal recently and as I usually do I spent the recess supervising the kids outside. I noticed some boys from grade four to six playing simultaneous basketball games at the same basket. A couple of the older boys occasionally kicked away...

The Mind Shift

Recently I completed a series of CPS parent workshops. The participants were enthusiastic and engaged and the conversations were very thoughtful. During the conversations what quite often happens is the participants realize that they have very similar concerns about...

Moving Away from Rewards and Punishment

Conventional wisdom tells us we should use rewards, punishments and ignoring (a type of punishment) to make kids want to behave or comply with adult wishes. This behaviourist approach, reinforcing conduct we want and punishing conduct we don’t want, is routinely used...

Plan B – Talk to the Child

Teachers occasionally call the office to get some support when a child is presenting some really challenging behaviour. They try to deal with issues on their own although when the behaviour is affecting the learning of the other students or if health and safety become...