Many times we get stuck in a behavior rut that is much the same way. We are uncomfortable, miserable even but because we lose our perspective, we often remain stuck in a holding pattern. It takes a new perspective to get us moving and on a new path.
This week I've been attending the Third Annual Conference of the Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support. The basic tenets of the conference are pretty simple, changing behavior through more effective teaching and through providing positive reinforcement. It is an innovative way to get many of our students who are stuck in negative behavior patterns to change. One of the challenges though is to get teachers and parents to change their approach as well. Just as students become stuck in negative behavior, often the adults in their lives also become stuck in their comfortable but ineffective teaching or parenting styles. Many times the focus doesn't need to be on changing the child, but instead on changing the adult's approach in order to change the child. Sometimes we all need a little positive support to push us in the direction of getting unstuck.