All posts by Hal Holloman and Peggy Yates

Hal Holloman and Peggy Yates are the authors of "What Do You Say When...? Best Practice Language for Improving Student Behavior" Peggy Yates has over 30 years of experience in the field of education including positions as an elementary and middle school teacher, district-level curriculum director, and higher education administrator. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University where she teaches elementary education methods courses in classroom management, curriculum and early literacy. With experience in elementary, middle, and high schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal, Hal Holloman loves school and currently serves as an associate professor of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University. He teaches in the principal preparation program at ECU and provides coaching support for new school leaders throughout eastern North Carolina.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of Guidance

Here’s an image: class trip to Washington, DC without a tour guide! What if you, as the teacher, don’t have the experience or expertise to offer insights into the many historical landmarks located there?  An experienced tour guide would lead your students toward a greater understanding of the city and its significance.…

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of Accountability

Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) programs will be weakened if educators perceive them as only a “warm and soft” approach to handling discipline in their school. Warmth, care, and encouragement are absolutely essential in dealing with student behavior issues; however, these perceived “softer” social qualities must be combined with a respectful and appropriate measure of accountability.…

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of Understanding

Words of Understanding demonstrate a conscious, deliberate effort to understand someone else’s perspective by putting yourself in their position, putting yourself in their shoes, seeing things through their eyes, and hearing things through their ears. Simple Choice2When individual student issues arise, these words demonstrate the desire to truly understand “what’s going on” with the student by asking thoughtful questions that get to the root of the problem.…