The Difference Between Peer Conflict, Mean Behaviour & Bullying

Peer conflict vs Bullying Final

When a child is having a problem with her or his peers, it can be hard for parents to know what is really happening – is it bullying? Or is it something else?

Each type of behaviour must be handled differently, to keep children safe and help them learn how to get along with others. 

Read the above attached information to help you determine what kind of behaviour your child or student is dealing with.  Thanks to the Vancouver School District for sharing this helpful document!

PBS Intervention Resources

Thanks to our very own Dyan G. who stumbled upon this valuable resource which outlines interventions at the 3 tiers of support from Polk Elementary in Michigan.  Thanks for sharing this Dyan, it will be a valuable tool for our district.

PBS Behaviour Intervention

Behavioural Strategies and Interventions for the Classroom

Review the attached link for a great resource and practical strategies to teach and

address behaviour in your classroom.  🙂

Check out the following link for:

  • classroom techniques for addressing behavioural issues
  • process and strategies for working with behavioural concerns
  • examples of the positive strategies and resources available to address behaviour

Classroom Behavioural Strategies and Interventions

See page 5.23 for a great problem solving sheet.


Integrating PBIS and Social Emotional Learning

Integrating PBIS and Social Emotional Learning

Although the goals of both PBIS and SEL are similar in their focus on improving the

school environment and promoting positive behavior, they differ in their specific primary

objectives, theoretical foundations, organizational structure, and activities. Consequently, some

confusion has developed about the compatibility of these two models and whether they can be

coordinated in order to optimize positive social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students.

In the attached chapter is a brief overview of each model and a rationale for their integration.

It then outlines a step-by-step integration approach and feature examples of two different types.

Emotional Regulation Intervention

Check out the following link for some great resources from The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.  The site offers practical and useful strategies for teachers and caregivers who are seeking fun, evidence-based ways to develop the language of emotions in their students and children.  The ‘Book Nook’ section provides easy to use guides with some hands-on strategies for integrating emotional skill building activities into everyday routines and throughout your curriculum…enjoy!

IMPORTANT:Information for Parents on Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship (The 3 C’s: Cyber Safety, Cyber Ethics, and Cyber Security)

Dear Educators and Parents,

This tip sheet regarding information for Parents on Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship (The 3 C’s: Cyber Safety, Cyber Ethics, and Cyber Security) is a timely resource that is being shared by School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith). Please forward to others and utilize as required. As a simple courtesy, please acknowledge SD 68 if adapting to your own district.


Ten Internet Safety Tips for Parents 2012 (Sept 2012)


Below are links to further resources.  Thanks to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith District for compiling this list.

A)  For Elementary Parents, please see (above): SD 68 Top Ten Internet Safety Tips for Parents (2012/13)


B) Additional up to date parental resources on The 3 Cs’: cyber safety, cyber ethics, and cyber security:

·         Media Smarts Canada – Resources for Parents – Cyberbullying

o (Canadian stats and info)

o (multi-age safety tips)

· – Up to date articles on Sexting, Facebook, Smart Phone Use

·         Connect A Parents’ Guide to Facebook (2012)

· – An Extensive Resource for Parents

·         ConnectED – Questions Elementary Parents Should Ask:

·         Parents Want 2 – Multi-Source Resources Guide for all age groups:



The Inclusive Classroom

The Inclusive Classroom

Click on the above link and it will take you to this great blog that will provide you with many ideas and strategies to help create your very own inclusive classroom.  Check it out!

Intermediate Visual Schedule

Thank you for all your feedback. I received a request for a intermediate schedule. Although the one posted yesterday can be used in the intermediate classroom I agree it is more primary based. I was very appreciative for the attached list of subjects and activities to guide me in  the creation of this new schedule. Enjoy! And remember your intermediate students can benefit from a visual schedule too!

Intermediate Visual Schedule

Visual Schedules

Imagine yourself waking up tomorrow morning and having no idea what your day is going to look like. Sure, you know you are expected to show up at work, but what if that was all you knew? How would your anxiety level be? What would you be feeling?

Kids are the same way. True, it is not their job to plan and deliver lessons, but it is their job to be active learners. So if they are worried about what is coming next… or if they perceive that “math is going to go on forever!” are they actively engaged in what you are teaching anyways?

Front loading helps all students, not just those with behavioural concerns. Try implementing a visual schedule at the front of your class and going over the shape of the day verbally with your class at the beginning of each day. But what if the day plan changes, you ask? — A math lesson is interrupted by a fire alarm, or that science experiment goes longer then expected. This is okay. The visual schedule is not a contract that must be followed to the letter. In fact changes in the day are a great opportunity to teach flexible thinking. Remember to let kids in on what the change is and how it is going to look instead.

30 Reasons to Use Visual Schedules

This article / list was put together by POPARD, so it focuses on the benefits for children with Autism. However, the benefits of a visual schedule can be reaped by all students (and it can help keeps us teachers on track too)!

Picture Books about Emotions

I came across a  list of picture books about emotions while seeking books to supplement the SuperFlex program. This list categorizes the books by anger, curiosity/anticipation, embarrassment, envy/jealousy, fear/courage, grief/loss, happiness/joy, hate, loneliness, love/compassion/affection, sadness/disappointment/hurt, and general (for those books that encompass all feelings or do not fit into a specific category). There are A LOT of books to choose from. Browse your school library for copies and don’t forget about the Henry Grube library! The public library is also a great place to check out.

Picture Books about Emotions