It’s a difficult time of year, and I feel like the pot is bubbling and is soon going to boil over. I want you to know that I am here to support you. I am here to listen and offer you solutions. There are times when I carry your burden without you even knowing it. Please do not give up on teaching appropriate behaviors and providing interventions to students who desperately need it. Simply punishing students with behavior issues it not effective. There is always a reason a student is misbehaving, and if you simply push back in a power struggle, you will likely lose.
Focus kindergarten through fifth-grade interventions on whole numbers. For kindergarten through grade five students, Tier two and Tier three interventions should focus almost exclusively on properties of whole numbers and operations. Some older students struggling with whole numbers and operations would also benefit from in-depth coverage of these topics.