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Ask Miss Night: Potty Punishment?

As promised last week, today’s question is about bathroom breaks in primary school.  The “asker” is not a teacher, but a grandmother who is raising two of her grandchildren. She pulled them out of...

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Punishment vs consequences; natural vs logical

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about consequences: what they are, what they mean, what they SHOULD be, what they SHOULDN’T be. We talk a lot, as teachers, about consequences. In general, we agree that...

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A little beyond anything I’m used to*

So here’s the thing: You all know how I feel about #kinderchat. I LOVE #kinderchat. I co-created #kinderchat. Its very existence is one of my proudest accomplishments. I look forward to Monday...

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Not only “okay,” but WONDERFUL.

So, one of my regular Saturday morning habits is to check out the Miss Bindergarten Facebook page, and insert my opinion into whatever conversations are happening over there. This week, one of the...

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All Day PD With Me!

I spent all day today in 4 great PD sessions: 1 – Helping Kids Cope With Anxiety 2 – Bullying and Harassment in Schools 3 – Self-Regulation 4 – Occupational Therapy 101 for Teachers (this was not the...

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Chucking the Chart: The Introduction

(A little background: two years ago, I wrote a post about why I do not use behaviour charts in my classroom, and it went nearly-viral. To this day, it remains the most popular post on my blog, and it...

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Chuck the Chart, Part 1: But why?

This is part 1 of a multi-part series about how and why to consider removing a chart-based behavior management “system” from your classroom. To read the introduction to the entire series, click here....

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Chuck the Chart, part 2: Behaviour is like reading…

This is part 2 of a multi-part series about about how and why to consider removing a chart-based behavior management “system” from your classroom. To read the introduction to the entire series, click...

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Dear Parent: About THAT kid…

Dear Parent: I know. You’re worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The one...

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Miss Night Mutters. Literally.

First: WOW. My last post, from just a few days ago —  Dear Parent: About THAT Kid… — has gone viral. 1.3 million hits and counting. It has been featured on the Washington Post education blog, and will...

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