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Uncategorized   |   Aug 2, 2012

Not ready to go back to school?

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Not ready to go back to school?

By Angela Watson


If you’re dreading the start of the school year, you might want to plan for something different in your classroom. I’ve always found that the more new ideas I have, the more excited I am to go back: a new writer’s workshop method or centers rotation or approach to teaching science can reinvigorate me and get my creative juices flowing again.

I especially like to try something new in terms of the logistics of managing a classroom. In fact, I’ve never used the same behavior management system two years in a row! I’m always tweaking things and experimenting with various routines and procedures.  I love to create new ways to let kids know they’re doing a good job, and I think it’s fun to design individual behavior management plans for students who need structured support.

I created The Cornerstone Pro-Active Behavior Management Webinar series to share the different things I’ve tried over the years and  talk about what works and what doesn’t. The term webinar is short for web seminar, and it’s an online version of a professional development event. But I’ve structured the webinar so it’s informal, like you’re sitting down talking to a teaching buddy who’s filling you in on everything you need to know.

The videos are organized into sessions that are designed to help you construct a self-running classroom that frees you to teach. The focus is on teaching students to become responsible and self-reliant and helping you maximize your instructional time. It’s designed for teachers who work with students aged 4-11. Here’s a list of the video sessions:


  • Introduction (10 min.)
  • Session 1: Precise Expectations (27 min.)
  • Session 2: Consistent Procedures (63 min.)
  • Session 3: Instructional Routines (47 min.)
  • Session 4: Consequences and Rewards (25 min.)
  • Session 5: Meeting Individual Needs (45 min.)
  • Closing Message (5 min.)

You can check out a quick overview here:


The webinar comes with a 15 page note-taking and summary guide (you can view an excerpt here) to help you organize your thoughts and key in on the solutions you’re looking for.

You can order securely through PayPal. After your payment is processed, a system called eJunkie immediately sends you an email that provides your link and password so you can start viewing right away. The regular price is $109, but you can use the discount code SUMMER to get 65% off–that’s only $38.15 for around five hours of video PD!  You’ll receive an electronic payment confirmation which you can print out and keep as a tax-deduction or to submit to your administration/district for reimbursement if you have special funds set aside for professional development and/or teacher expenses. Also, you will be able to print a certificate of completion which may count toward continuing education credits.

As with my book, I’m offering a money-back guarantee: I’m confident that this webinar will help you construct a self-running classroom that frees you to teach. If it doesn’t, just email me with your concerns and I’ll refund your payment with no questions asked.

View free video excerpts from the webinar here

View free video excerpts from the webinar here

The webinar is a great way to make sure you’ve planned out your expectations, procedures, and routines for the new school year, and get new ideas for choosing rewards and consequences, creating individual behavior plans, and more. I hope that it gets you excited about returning to school and leaves you feeling prepared for whatever situations come your way. Enjoy!

Are you trying anything new in your classroom this year? What kind of behavior management systems are you planning to use?

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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