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What a pediatric occupational therapist wants teachers to know. This first installment of a six part series focuses on why children often struggle to sit still and how you can help solve the problem.

Another FAVORITE in my classroom are “HAPPY ROCKS”. I love these, the kids love these, parents love these – every one loves these! They are simple and inexpensive to make! They are just vase filler rocks with a little smiley face drawn on with a paint pen! Parents {and kids } love to collect these!

When I first introduced the power pellets, {which I found on What The Teacher Wants, by the way} I bought the fizzy Skittles. The second time around I bought the double flavor kind. Well, they could clearly see the “S” on the candy – I had to think fast before the magic was gone – so I just told them that they are “SUPER” power pellets.

From Mrs. Psatton's Patch: I got an empty Crystal Light container, pulled off the cover, and labeled it with different numbers. The number it gets to is how many minutes of free time they get on Friday. I realized that I had big and small pom-poms to use, so here is my twist. If they REALLY impress me or get a compliment in the hall from our principal or assistant principal, we get to put in a BIG pom-pom. They L.O.V.E. it!

Behavior Reminder- Peace Maker vs Peace Breakers!

Goes with the star jar: Students with exceptional behavior move from green to star jar and get a treat at the end of the day

The Inspired Apple: August 2011