Setting Goals for the New Year: Better You Edition

Happy New Years Eve! We've made it to the end of 2017 and are about to ring in 2018! There is still time to come up with some goals for the upcoming year. Read on for 10 more resolutions you can make for a better you!


Setting Goals for the New Year: Teacher Edition

Can you believe 2017 is already coming to an end? Personally, I can't wait until this year is over. In preparation for all the good that can only come from a new year, let's talk about goal setting for your classroom!

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Setting Goals for the New Year: Fitness Edition

So it's no secret that I take fitness and health very seriously. I play soccer competitively all year round, weight lift regularly, and write fitness plans for my friends and family. I find so much value in keeping my body and mind healthy and love re-evaluating and making new fitness goals. Want some inspiration? Read on to develop your own for the New Year.


Awesome Gift Idea: Photowall Review!

I was approached by Jennifer a few weeks ago regarding the awesome company, Photowall. She wanted to provide me with a complimentary wall mural or canvas print in exchange for an honest review and to get the name out there. I have to say, this may be my favorite collaboration ever! I am so excited at the chance to share my experience with all of you! Read on to learn about how you can save using a special discount code to get your very own design! 


Setting Goals for the New Year: Nutrition Edition

In preparation for the upcoming New Year, I've written a few different posts devoted to different types of New Year's goals. This one is all about nutrition and healthy eating!


Work and Ethics: How to Decline Gifts Without Being a Jerk

This time of year can be an ethical challenge for many professionals. It's fairly typical to exchange gifts with co-workers around the holidays, and even so with students in your classrooms. It's not uncommon to be gifted a nice hand-made frame, or a gift card to the local coffee shop from a devoted and caring family. However, that is not an option for behavioral professionals, whether you do home services, work in a school, or run your own clinic.

As a BCBA, I have to deal with the ethical dilemma of holiday gifts. Per our BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code, "Behavior analysts do not accept any gifts from or give any gifts to clients because this constitutes a multiple relationship" (1.06). This guideline is meant to prevent dual relationships. Because of our job in human services, and the very nature of our "helping" profession, many families want to show their appreciation of you by providing a token of gratitude. Often, these gifts are just that, tokens of appreciation and respect, and may not cause any issues. However, sometimes the exchanging of gifts can complicate the boundaries of the professional relationship you've established, thus the Board takes a hard stance on gifts in general. 


Tips and Tricks: Stick to Your Routines!

Holiday break is coming for many of us, and while the anticipation may be exciting and the end cannot not come soon enough, this is the time that we really need to stick to our guns! As educators, we know the importance of clear expectations and routines for smooth classroom management. But with the holidays approaching and our inner tanks running on empty, it can be hard to stick with these routines. We are run down, spread thin, and just trying to make it to that glorious day before vacation. This makes routines and consistency even more imperative!


Enhancing Parent-Teacher Relationships

One of the toughest things any educator has to deal with on a day-to-day basis are the parents. Oftentimes, parents may be difficult to work with, or worse, not present at all. Coming from a special education background, I have found that a lot of my parents have had such negative experiences with their child's education. Between fighting to get their kid services, or desperation to steer their child away from the dreaded "label", it takes a toll on the relationship between teacher and parent. Today, I want to talk about parent-teacher relationships, communication, and parent involvement. This post will focus on gaining parents' trust, getting them involved in their child's education as much as possible, and building a strong ally in your classroom's parents. 

Building Trusting Relationships

I've dealt with my fair share of irate parents in the past. More often than not, the parent is angry at the system, the district, or their situation, not at you. Regardless of the reason, there are some things you must keep in mind when you are dealing with a frustrated, overwhelmed, and/or emotional parent:

Easy Like Sunday Morning #27

Check out this awesome tune from Shakey Graves. It's intoxicating and catchy. A song I've had on repeat for the past few months...

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