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 Respect

Respect has a powerful and peaceful ripple effect on those around us. Disrespect has a destructive tsunami-like effect. When we give respect we often get respect in return. When we respect students they feel empowered, valued, and needed. When students feel respected they are more likely to demonstrate respect for themselves and others.…

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of Relationships

In the classroom, relationships are everything!  The relationships you begin to develop with your students on the first day and continue to nurture throughout the year set the stage for deep trust and understanding. When teachers make an effort to connect with each student individually, it tells them, “You are worth my time” and “I care about you.” We believe getting to know students personally is a key to reaching them educationally.…

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of High Expectations

What does Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) sound like on the first day of school? On the first day of school with a classroom full of students your words can make all the difference. 13

A teacher’s Language of Practice on the first day sets the tone, provides direction, and conveys high expectations of what is to come.…