Middle Ranks

Dr. Seuss called it The Waiting Place, in Oh, the Places You Will Go! In Karate, we call it Blue Belt Blues. White Belts are Emotional and Excited. Yellow Belts are Arrogant. Blue Belts are Creative. They know that they are a little better than the cocky yellow belts, and yet, hopefully, we have humbled them […]

Behavior Management II

Perhaps he had learned to trust me. That I wouldn’t yell at him, for anything. That there would be clear expectations of what is and is not acceptable. That the consequences would be just as clear; 10 push ups of course. And that there would be compliments, high fives and stripes on his belt for […]

Behavior Management I

It is so rewarding when the toughest students to teach just ‘get it’ for the first time. I did a little cheer that day. A cheer for myself. A cheer for the rest of the class who were willing and wanting to learn. A cheer for the child who learned to listen. For the child […]