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Questions about the Language and Literacy Activities

" How can I introduce the camera to the children so it will not interfere with my lesson?
" There are no page numbers on the language and literacy activities. How do I put my activities back in Notebook II in the right order?
" How do I know which language and literacy picture cards go with which activities?
" When implementing the language and literacy activities and the PATHS lessons, is it OK to use my own materials?
" The activities don't specify the best group size. Should I do all of the language and literacy activities during my circle time?
" Is it OK for my student teacher, instructional assistant, or parent volunteers to teach the MTP activities and lessons?
" The other teachers at my school are interested in the MTP activities. Can I share these materials with them?
" How closely should I follow the 'script' for an activity?
" Do I have to say "turn the page" everytime?
" The book "It begins with an A" is the focus of an AK lesson on Day 4 of that week's lesson. In looking back, I cannot find where we have read this book before. Is it just assumed or a misprint?
" What should I do when I feel that a book is too challenging for my class?
" What should I do when I feel that an activity is too challenging for my class?

Questions about PATHS/Social Relationship

" What if I already have a special helper in my classroom?
" How many times a week do I have to pick a PATHS Kid of the Day?
" How can I empathize with a child with whom I am really feeling angry or whose behavior I find annoying?
" How do I acknowledge the feelings of a child when he/she is saying hurtful comments?
" Should I reflect the disrespectful comments of an angry child?
" If I tell a child that I understand how he/she is feeling, aren't I giving him/her permission to behave inappropriately?
" When I ask some children why they are upset, they don't answer. How can I help them?
" Do I run the risk when giving attention to a child in such situation that he/she may become overly dramatic?
" There are no page numbers in the PATHS lessons. How can I put them back in Notebook I?
" How do I know which pictures go with the PATHS lessons?
" When implementing the language and literacy activities and the PATHS lessons, is it OK to use my own materials?
" What is the best group size for the PATHS lessons?
" Is it OK for my student teacher, instructional assistant, or parent volunteers to teach the MTP activities and lessons?
" The other teachers at my school are interested in the MTP activities. Can I share these materials with them?
" What is the best way to use the scripts in the PATHS lessons?
" How can I introduce the camera to the children so it will not interfere with my lesson?
" What are the names of the PATHS characters?
" Do I need to use the names the PATHS characters come with, or can I make up new ones?
" Can I use the PATHS animals at other times during the day, or only during structured PATHS lessons?
" Is it okay if I use some of my own books with the PATHS lessons?
" What if a child responds negatively when I remind him/her to do "Turtle”?
" What if one child undermines the program by teasing peers for doing "Turtle"?
" What if a child does “Turtle” after he or she hits or bites another child?
" Do I have to pick a PATHS Kid of the Day everyday?
" My children are having a hard time sitting through activities that involve all of the children's names or all of the letters of the alphabet. What should I do?

Questions about Banking Time

" The child keeps choosing inappropriate activities or can't make up her mind about what to do.
" It sounds like a great idea, but I just don't have time for this.
" Other students want to join in and frequently interrupt Banking Time. What should I do?
" The child keeps misbehaving during our sessions. What should I do?
" The child has been getting in trouble all day and I just can't see how giving him reinforcement for his behavior will help in the long run.
" I give the child warnings about the end of the session, but everytime she gets angry and refuses to go back to the classroom. What should I do?
" How do I know when it's OK to stop Banking Time sessions?



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