In October of 2014, our small New England city and campus faced a crisis, and a year later, we continue to work through it. It made headlines, repeatedly. On the weekend of the Keene Pumpkin Festival, many young people flooded Keene, New Hampshire apparently with one objective.
Often students struggling with emotional behavioral disabilities are overwhelmed by and over-reactive to daily events that seem mundane to others. Self-monitoring is the ability to recognize and keep track of our own behavior.
When a child behaves inappropriately, I find that it's almost always due to an underdeveloped skill. If we don't explicitly teach the student this skill, their behavior is unlikely to change for the better.
Sometime in between, I sleep and eat in my Hollywood Hills bungalow. This 100-mile daily commute, however, doesn't come without some context. I am a 35-year-old ex-reporter and laid-off general education teacher who has had to reinvent himself in the wake of the economic downturn.