How Involved Should I Get In My Child’s School

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By Joe Newman What do you say to a parent who asks, “How involved should I get in school?” Before talking about this question I first want to talk about a more important underlying issue.  Relations between parents and teachers are at an all-time low.  Parents blame teachers for their child’s poor academic performance and teachers […]

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When it Comes to My Child’s School, How Involved Should I Get?

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By Joe Newman, Behavior Consultant What do you say to a parent who asks, “How involved should I get in school?” Before talking about this question I first want to talk about a more important underlying issue.  Relations between parents and teachers are at an all-time low.  Parents blame teachers for their child’s poor academic […]

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Bullying Series, Part II: Diminishing Opportunities for Power

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By: Joe Newman, Behavior Consultant Paul was in the third grade when his grades began to slip.  He was attentive in class and a good participant in class discussions but struggled with the reading and writing that was expected of him.  In order to help Paul keep up he was often pulled out of non-academic […]

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Passive Tantrums and the Autism Spectrum

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By: Joe Newman A passive tantrum is when a child feigns inability or lack of understanding in order to avoid difficulty, frustration or effort. A few weeks ago a third grade teacher told me about her first experience using my method with a student named Jackson she suspected of engaging in passive tantrums. Jackson was […]

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The Problem With Boys

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By: Joe Newman Our boys are in trouble. They are falling behind girls academically, socially, and psychologically. Consider the following: • Boys are 30% more likely to drop out of school before graduation. • Girls outperform boys at all levels of schooling, from elementary to graduate programs. • Boys are 11% less likely to get […]

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10 Parenting Principles

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By: Joe Newman Struggles, difficulties and deferred gratification are good for children.  These things used to be a much bigger part of growing up and there wasn’t any other option.  Today most parents have the option of giving their child almost everything they want (attention, toys, constant stimulation, choices about everything, lavish praise).  One of […]

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