Author Archives Tiana Brown

  • In Part One of The Power Struggle, I focused on tips to empower educators in building their self-awareness during or before a potential power struggle. In Part Two, I will briefly review the functions of behaviors and how students use them to satisfy their personal needs. We often fall into behavior traps because we are […]

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  • Part 1: Awareness Does this sound familiar? Educator: “You are always interrupting my program by making by silly fart noises. Cut it out.” Student: “You’re always blaming me for stuff I didn’t even do.” Educator: “It is you. Stop or be kicked out.” Student: “My mom said you shouldn’t be yelling. You’re not a teacher. […]

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  • The Talk: Insights for giving constructive feedback “Do you let your staff dress like that?” an angry parent remarked. You recently met with a concerned parent regarding an inappropriately dressed counselor working a recent “Family Night” event.  After the conversation, you scratched your head wondering how to share the feedback.   When we are in this […]

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  • Little Details Matter At the age of 15, I started working as a camp counselor at a local community center in Bridgeport, CT.  I was a drill sergeant back then.  My girls stood in a straight line like soldiers and followed my lead, although other counselors struggled to maintain control over their campers.  Having an […]

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  • Tips to Build Rapport with Students for New After-School Educators Are you a new after-school educator? If so, you might feel like an outsider.  You might witness sincere interactions between staff and students while wondering how to foster those types of relationships yourself.  Being your natural self is one of the best ways to interact […]

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