Step Away From the Stickers

Step Away From the Stickers

By: Lisa Cranston, EdD Reward System: stickers in classrooms Jenni and her mother pull up in front of the school.  Jenni started kindergarten two weeks ago and every day when her mother drops her off, the separation is marked by tears and screaming.  Jenni’s...
Perseverance vs. Compulsion

Perseverance vs. Compulsion

This is an excerpt of Dr. Shanker’s monthly article for Psychology Today. Read the full article, When to Push a Child, here. There is a fundamental difference between perseverance and compulsion. Perseverance is Blue Brain. It is fueled by interest and desire....
The Self-Reg View of Risky Behaviour

The Self-Reg View of Risky Behaviour

In our very first webinar in the ‘Epidemic of Epidemics’ series we looked at the “anxiety epidemic”; today I want to look at the opposite end of this spectrum, the epidemic of “manic” children and youth. Kids who are chronically hyper, driven to find ways to fuel...
The Self-Reg View of Literacy

The Self-Reg View of Literacy

I just read a study by Pearson UK’s educational research team reporting that, beginning at the age of 11, nearly all children today stop reading for pleasure. Reading has been vanquished by the likes of online games, streamed videos, social media, Vines, and a slew of...
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