Friday, January 13, 2017

Flashback Friday: Talking about Student Self-Control with Larry Ferlazzo

Larry Ferlazzo is an educator and author who also hosts the Classroom Q & A blog for Education Week. I recently had the opportunity to respond to one of his questions and was able to chat with him and some other educators for his BAM! Radio Show.

The topic that we discussed was helping students develop self-control. I talked a lot about classroom management and culture. That seems to be a recurring theme in my world lately. Classroom management and the culture of schools keeps coming up in my conversations with other educators, and I've been doing a lot of writing on the topic.

From Classroom Q & A

There are so many variables within a school that we really have to think about what we can control, which isn't much. However, what we can control can help us tremendously. Plus, it is helpful to acknowledge what we can control and work with that. We can try to accept what we cannot control as being out of our control while also advocating for our students. Yes, they need wraparound services. No, many schools don't provide this. Yes, it is out of our immediate control because we don't write the laws and set the budgets. Yes, it breaks our hearts. Yes, we advocate for them. We speak up for them. We try to get them what they need. Then, we have to accept that we are doing everything in our power to help our students get what they need. We cannot let ourselves get in such deep despair over these things that we are no longer effective at doing the things that are in our control.

That comes from my heart. I've been in such deep despair over this in the past that I had to acknowledge it was killing me. It was many years ago, and I had to pick myself up off the ground from it. I am no longer in such a place thankfully, but I won't ever forget it. I don't ever want to be so depressed about the things outside my control and sphere of influence that I cannot do a good and honorable job with my students, my school, and my community. I'm just being brutally honest and open right now.

Now, that's my pep talk for the day! I hope you will check out the response to Larry's question and the radio program. I felt it was thought provoking.

Here is the radio show.
Here is the blog post.
These are also linked above.

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