Harry Potter Feasts + Tips on Being Proactive for Behavior Change


This month was a very festive Ask Me Anything. In both the parents and professional segments I spoke about:

  • The “Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” by Dinah Bucholz
  • How to use simple ingredients to create a Harry Potter feast!

And then I got right into questions from you, my wonderful readers. Here's a quick view of the answers and the audio to give you more details.


  • What to do about students who like any attention, positive or negative: Recognize that attention is attention to kids, no difference between good and bad attention. They will take any! Give it on a schedule, so you become in control of attention, rather than them controlling it.
  • How to get that student to stop putting her hands on other students: Create ways to reinforce before the touching starts. Be strategic about the placement of students’ desks and sitting arrangements. One option is to keep that kiddo right near you, so you can catch them being good and encourage that behavior.
  • The kid who enjoys when you get frustrated: The best thing to do is to stay calm, cool and collected. The more neutral you can be, the better he will respond. No response from you is good.


  • My six-year-old cries and he has trouble composing himself when he is hungry, thirsty or tired: One solution is to teach him to label these feelings, building the foundation of self-awareness and providing structure to prevent too much hunger or tiredness. 
  • My five-year-old always says "in a minute" and does not follow through: Mean what you say and say what you mean works great here. When you give a direction, follow through. No exception and no delay. “In a minute” should be an occasionally used phrase and not a regular answer. It means you need to teach your kids how to listen by taking action when you give directions.


Professionals: What is one key lesson from today that you will implement with your small being this holiday season? (Tweet)

Parents: What is one key lesson from today that you will implement into your classroom? (Tweet)


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