If you teach young children, I have a stunningly simple,
ridiculously easy positive –discipline technique that will
change your life. Well, would you believe it’ll make your
day a little bit easier? (Because if you’re like me, you’ll
pounce on anything that promises to make your classroom even
the itsy-bitsiest bit calmer.)
For a couple of weeks during this very long winter, I found
myself in somewhat of a slump. The children didn’t seem
engaged, they were easily distracted, and they Never. Ever.
Listened. I often felt like I was at a very noisy party to
which I had not been invited. If I’d dressed up as SpongeBob
and passed out pizza like Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars, it
wouldn’t have made any difference. Nothing could pry their
attention away from their 24/7 talkathon.
Then one day, as I was leaving a class (I teach music
classes for preschool and kindergarten), I heard myself say,
“So, next time we’re going to be better listeners, right?”
Yes, yes they nodded. Suddenly it struck me...
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