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A Classroom Timeline

Wall displays are great, but can present several challenges. Students can start comparing their work to others, and teachers can find themselves constantly putting up and taking down displays. See how Momentous School fourth-grade teacher Ashley Tant used a classroom timeline to solve for these challenges.

Jan 17, 2023

Limit Setting 101

Anyone who works with children must sometimes set limits. But many also struggle with this task. In this post, we discuss what limits are, why they're important, and how to set effective limits. 

Jan 03, 2023
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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

Four Children's Books Discussing Violence

Helping children make sense of violence in the world is one of the hardest things an adult must do. For resources to talk to kids about violence and what we can do to make the world a less violent and more peaceful place, consider these four books. 

May 25, 2022

Support for Students with Challenging Behavior

We have created a free guide to building a collaborative process at your school for supporting teachers in their work with students exhibiting challenging behavior. Read more to learn how this process can help you. 

Apr 19, 2022

Lessons from a Kindergarten Classroom on Conflict

Last week on live television, the nation watched something that unfolds every day in my kindergarten classroom. Something hurtful was said, someone had a reaction, and an action was taken. Y’all, let me tell you… this is what we go through every day in kindergarten. 

Apr 06, 2022

Three Things We Learned from Jon Batiste

We are so excited that Jon Batiste won big at the Grammy’s with his Album of the Year, We Are. In honor of this incredible album (that we’re all still singing and dancing along to) we wanted to share three things we learned from our time with Jon. 

Apr 04, 2022

When September 11th Comes up in the Classroom

We are approaching the anniversary of September 11th, and you may find yourself fielding questions from students and children.  We have compiled a list of helpful tips for navigating these conversations and answering tough questions they might have.

Sep 08, 2021

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 Include Families in School as Students Return to Classrooms

Last year was a breakthrough year on bridging the gap between school and home for many schools. As we head into a new year where most students will physically return to classrooms, we don’t want to lose this momentum! Here are a few tips for keeping families included in school as kids return to classrooms. 

Aug 18, 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

What is Compassion Fatigue?

Compassion fatigue is the cost of caring “too much”. It can occur as a result of helping, or wanting to help, those who are in need. But by identifying the signs early, teachers can be quick to respond in a resourceful way. 

Apr 27, 2021

Let's Talk about Burnout

Burnout can drain you of your passion and enthusiasm for your job, or even for life in general. Burnout is kind of like a fire that is slowly extinguishing. Learn how to mitigate the risks of burnout and keep those flames ignited. 

Apr 19, 2021

Showing Up for Educators

Learn about ways we have stayed dedicated to educators despite the changes of 2020 and head to the e-store to see all the products.

Dec 03, 2020

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

Thank you, Momentous School Teachers

From daily distance learning zoom sessions to birthday visits to a special drive-thru send-off, our teachers went above and beyond to make sure our students and their families were able to finish the year on a positive note.

Jul 27, 2020

Momentous Institute Goes to Austin

Momentous Institute is passionate about being a leading voice for equipping educators with trauma-informed practices and had the opportunity in May to take part in advocating for Texas House Bill 18, which just passed in the Senate! Learn more about House Bill 18, how Momentous Institute is working with legislators and how social emotional health is being showcased throughout political platforms.

Jul 08, 2019

Dear White Teachers

Dear White Teachers, Are you like me, a white teacher in a classroom with mostly students of color? Do you feel secretly uncomfortable at the idea of talking about race in the classroom? Keep reading...

Apr 02, 2019

Seven Ways to Get Girls Interested in STEM

It is widely accepted that careers in STEM fields are dominated by men, and that women and girls do not pursue these fields at the same level as their male peers. Through my research and practices, I want to share seven ways to help girls gain interest in STEM. Read more...

Apr 16, 2018

Good Morning, Boys and Girls!

It’s common to walk into an elementary school classroom and hear a teacher say, “Good morning, boys and girls!”  Is there any harm in this approach? Let's take a look at the research. 

Mar 19, 2018

Working with Undocumented Families

As adults, one of our first instincts is to protect and comfort children who are afraid. But that instinct can be challenging when a child’s fear is real, and there’s nothing we can do to protect them from it. One big area where we see this fear is around the topic of immigration. Keep reading...

Feb 19, 2018

#Me Too: In Our Classrooms

"We were on a seventh grade class field trip. I don’t remember where. I do however, remember being in the elevator. He stood behind me and touched my body, without my consent." Read on...

Nov 06, 2017

Building Excitement for the School Year

It’s back to school season, which means teachers everywhere are setting up classrooms and getting ready for the new year. At Momentous School, August means home visits: a week-long excursion visiting every student in his/her home. Keep reading...

Aug 14, 2017

Summer Reading Goes Digital

The students at Momentous School are hard at work on their summer reading. And we know they're enjoying it, because we can see their progress! Read more about how we went digital with summer reading...

Jul 31, 2017


The Number Corner

Here's how our 2nd grade teacher, Brenda Ortega, utilizes SEL practices with one of her favorite classroom tools - the number corner.

Jul 22, 2022
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Family Engagement

Why is it important for schools and teachers to build relationships with students' families? And how can you start?

We’re big on parent involvement at Momentous School. We want families to be connected to each other and form a supportive community, which then influences their involvement in the school community. We want our school to be a warm, welcoming space for families.

Jul 01, 2022

Flip the Clip

Most teachers are familiar with the classic clip chart, a behavior management technique designed to help students control their behavior and make good choices. Flip the Clip turns this concept into a method that is positive, respectful and results in a classroom culture with strong social emotional health.

Oct 03, 2019

Flash Focus on Relationships

Flash Focus on Relationships, a presentation from staff at Momentous Institute. Jennifer Hartmann shares about Relationships: The Difference that Makes a Difference.

Dec 08, 2015

Vision Statements

We believe that all parents truly want the best for their children and have high hopes and dreams for their futures. At Momentous School, we ask all parents to complete a vision statement for their child. We use these to help guide our students and to refocus on the big picture if things go off-track. We encourage every school to add vision statements to their beginning of the year routine!

Aug 09, 2015

Home Visits

Before the start of each new academic year, Momentous School teachers visit students at their homes.  This helps build a great relationship between home and school.

Jan 26, 2015

Home Visits 101

Learn more about how Momentous School visits each of our Pre-K families in their home throughout their first year. Home visits help strengthen the parent-school connection and set students up for success both at school and at home.

Jan 26, 2015

Positive Discipline

Momentous Institute's Director of Education shares how she approaches discipline with social emotional health in mind. 

Jun 13, 2014


Episode 8: Effective School Communication

Every parent who sends a child to school deals with appropriate ways to communicate effectively with the school. We talk about parent conferences, how to respond when things aren't going well, and other tips for getting started on the right foot.

Dec 09, 2019