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20 Jul: Personal and Professional Boundaries- Protective Strategies

Personal and Professional Boundaries: Protective Strategies In the last post I talked about 5 types of personal and professional boundaries. In this post I’m going to cover a few key protective strategies you can use to protect yourself : 1. Documentation: When something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, such as a student tries to cross one of your boundaries, document it and tell colleagues about it so you have a record. 2. Prepare Responses: Prepare responses for when students attempt to cross one of your boundaries. 3. Double Coverage: When working with a student that may attempt to violate boundaries (especially physical or sexual boundaries) make sure you are never alone with that student. We’ve included more detail on…

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11 May: Monthly Series – May – Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior

UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR By Dr. Will Henson It’s hard to write a blog post on something that fills volumes of literature. In my 15 years as a consultant to educational institutions, I’ve come to accept that sometimes all I have is a really short time to give people information they need – not to be experts – but to be more effective NOW. In this next series of blog posts, I’m going to cover some of the most important behavior principles. In this post I’m covering my number one foundational starting point, which is the way educators understand the nature of challenging behavior. HOW DO I UNDERSTAND BEHAVIOR? – The lens you apply to challenging behavior is probably…

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10 Apr: Monthly Series- Post 2: Embracing Diversity

In my last blog I focused on the word “differences” as a way to start understanding diversity. Another word I used a lot was “recognition”. We need to continually be aware that people and groups are unique and that an individual’s or group’s uniqueness extends way beyond what our eyes can see. But the concept of diversity is more than just recognizing or being aware of differences. We also need to embrace or accept those differences. Thus, diversity involves both recognition and acceptance. I actually like the word “embrace” because for me it implies getting on board with things that are different from my own ways and actually celebrating the differences between others and myself. Recognizing individual or group differences…

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12 Feb: Missed the webinar? You can still watch the recording!

We had a fantastic webinar last week with District Administration magazine. It was such a pleasure to hear from our rockstar clients in District Five in South Carolina, as they shared their success with using ParaSharp for training their classified staff. One of the highlights of their story is how they are seeing success at creating a common language around behavior support amongst certified and classified staff. Click here to watch the recorded webinar.

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22 Jan: Meet our authors!

321insight was founded to give educators the right information, exactly when they need it. Our founders and partners are experienced psychologists who have worked extensively with administrators, teachers, specialists, and classified staff to help design systems and supports to help students be more successful at school. They have taken their research based best practices, and have incorporated them into our solutions– ParaSharp and Trauma Informed schools. We will be using our blog to share additional learnings and thoughts from our founders, Dr. Will Henson and Dr. Skip Greenwood, as well as from our content partner, Dr. Rick Robinson. Stay tuned for practical insights!

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12 Jun: Does Fear Work To Motivate Students?

“If you don’t learn this, you aren’t going to pass…and you aren’t going to graduate with your class.” How many times do we as educators say something like the statement above in hopes its going to be the thing that gets a student working? Maybe we use it because we as adults are often motivated by our own fears or maybe its because we think its a quick way to motivate someone. Turns out fear isn’t a great motivator at all. According to a study done at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, England teachers who used fear tactics like the one above to motivate students were less effective and produced students with less motivation and lower grades (School Psychology Quarterly, April 2014). Remember the old…