Give It a Rest

As noted in a recent column in TIME magazine, a new year means a chance to put to rest some of the tired words and phrases that became popularized during the previous year.

Not Forgetting

The Tiger Woods saga appears, finally, to have moved off the front pages. Because Tiger, like most professional athletes, is in the entertainment business, I guess a lot of folks found his marital indiscretions to be as compelling as his golf game. Of course, the most tragic aspect of the situation -- the part typically given short shrift in situations like this (think John and Kate) -- is the impact Tiger’s actions have had on his two kids.

Compassion Fatigue

In findings recently reported by Public Agenda (www.publicagenda.org), 40 percent of K-12 classroom teachers in the U.S. were characterized as “disheartened.” These teachers voiced high levels of frustration about disorder in the classroom (nearly 75 percent cited discipline and behavior problems as major issues), felt there was an undue focus on testing, and experienced their principals as unsupportive.

Noble Prizes

My original plan for this first The Real World installment was to complain. I know our new President here in the U.S. hasn’t been in office for very long, and I also understand that he’s operating under very difficult circumstances and has some very big fish to fry: the economy, health care reform, finance reform, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan...the list is long, and I don’t envy the man, though he seems up to the task. Still, I was going to complain anyway, because I was disappointed that Mr.

Correlation is Not Causation

So often, there’s so much information already available about a challenging kid that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by it all. So it’s important to think about what information is most important. With Dr. Greene's approach, the focus is on the things we can actually do something about, things we can actually work on. No sense in spending a lot of time focusing on things we can do nothing about. However, adults sometimes fall into the trap of taking some of what is known about a kid’s history or background and invoking this information as causal, leading to statements like:

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Plan B In Action

If you’ve explored the What Is Collaborative Problem Solving? page, then you know that Plan B is one of the key elements of the model. But, like any new skill, Plan B can be tough to master early on. Lots of people find it helpful to watch or listen to examples, and this section includes video programming to show you what Plan B looks like (and how it can go awry). While the current video programming focuses on school situations, it's useful for parents to watch as well.

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