With the myriad of things we are thinking about in our day-to-day classroom environments, it is important not to lose sight of some basic practices that can make all the difference. One of the mantras of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports has always been to “do the smallest change for the biggest effect.” Sometimes, a tweak of how often you give your students positive feedback, adding in additional breaks for breathing/movement, or simply positively greeting your students at the door (whether physical or not) can make all the difference.
With many schools either going virtual, hybrid, or on the brink of considering these changes, it’s important to think about how these best practices in the classroom can look via Zoom, for instance. This tool, the Classroom Management Observation Tool (out of Northeast PBIS Network) has a brand new virtual classroom assessment! While it can be used as an observation tool, as the title implies, it can also be used as a self-assessment/reflection tool for teachers as they continue to prep, or consider prepping, for online and/or hybrid environments. Each of the six evidence-based classroom practices has a column for how it would look in those different settings.
Finally, I want to highlight the impact a few collective, deep breaths together can have. One of my favorite apps for kids is Breathe Kids (there are many free, short meditations available). Stay well.