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Rewards and Consequences Reimagined

Rewards and consequences are often the cornerstone of behavior management. Who among us hasn’t bribed a child to do something or handed out a consequence for unwanted behavior? Yet today we’d like to talk about rewards and consequences… and how we can rethink them. 

Oct 04, 2022

Responding to Learning Loss (Without Shame!)

How should teachers consider responding to academic challenges? And can we do it without shaming children for what they haven’t learned yet? We sat down with Dr. Rhonda Vincent, director of educational program innovation here at Momentous Institute, to give us some insight. 

Sep 28, 2022

One Way to See Improvement This School Year

It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing everything that’s going wrong. But sometimes we can spend so much time focused on what’s not working that we miss seeing success. Here’s one thing we like to keep in mind when it comes to behavior. 

Sep 20, 2022

Managing Stress: A Guide for Teachers

If you’re in a classroom with children all day, you already know – there’s no stress like a teacher’s stress. As we enter a new school year, it’s time to start thinking about a stress management strategy. The more you prepare for it, the better off you’ll be at handling it when it does come up.

Sep 14, 2022

Two Children’s Books about Anxiety

Sometimes the easiest way to normalize and talk about a complex emotion is through stories. That’s why we like these two children’s books that can help kids navigate their anxieties and worries, one for younger kids and one for older kids.

Aug 04, 2022

Coaching with a Social Emotional Approach

Schools and districts must renew their focus on how to prioritize social and emotional support for adults through coaching and professional learning. Read more about how a strong social emotional lens can support coaching practices and improve outcomes.

Aug 25, 2021

How to Prepare for a Safe School Year

Safety is on everyone’s mind as we start this new school year. We want to ensure that every student, teacher, school personnel and family member stays healthy this year as most students return to school full time for the first full school year since the pandemic began. 

Aug 11, 2021

How to Answer Kids’ Questions about COVID

As children head back to school this fall, many are asking questions that teachers may feel unprepared to answer. While we can’t provide a script for how to respond to each question a student may ask, here's some guidance on appropriate ways to handle these tough conversations. 

Aug 20, 2020