Founder of Behavior + Beyond, Dr. Marcie Beigel, aka ‘The Classroom Whisperer,’ is
redefining behavior problems with her just released book, “Love Your Classroom Again” –
a guidebook that redesigns behavior in preschool and elementary school students with
realistic strategies – strategies that not only translate to teachers, but parents as well.
“An astonishing 68% of elementary
school teachers reported a significant
increase in the number of behavioral
problems in their classrooms over
the past five years, but thankfully,
‘Love Your Classroom Again’ is
changing that reality. “
Dr. Marcie Beigel on “Love Your Classroom Again”
Why did you decide to write “Love Your Classroom Again”?
For years people have asked me if I had a book, and I wanted to start answering yes.
At the same time, I was approached by a publisher who heard me speak about writing
a book for teachers.
I wrote up the proposal and while it was not something she wanted to publish, I knew
there was a need for it and decided to move forward myself.
What do you think are the biggest problems teachers face these days?
They are not taught how to get children to sit and listen and learn.
If you can teach a child HOW you learn, you can teach them anything.
These are simple behavior skills, and teachers need to be taught the skills to do it.
Instead, teachers are trained in WHAT to teach and when they enter the classroom,
they struggle with how to accomplish it.
What do you hope to achieve from the ‘Love Your Classroom Again’?
For teachers to be more successful teaching and for parents to have better skills when
facing challenging behaviors.
Both of which ultimately lead to children who are thriving!
My goal is for children to thrive!
Do you think there is something more government should be doing to help teachers?
Yes – changing teacher training to include information about behavior would make
a drastic impact.
Understanding behavior is something all teachers can do, if they are taught about it.
Instead it is kept out of the curriculum and schools suffer because of it.
Also continuing education credits – which are required by states for teachers to maintain –
certifications are often a joke and waste of time.
There needs to be quality control to ensure teachers are really learning and getting the
support they need!!
What about parents? What can they do to support teachers?
Parents and teachers are on the same team – unfortunately it does not often feel that way.
We need to bring parents and teachers together in the same conversation about behavior –
to support each other in making change.
I did my dissertation on parent teacher relationships and put in a training to enhance their
Training here is so needed!
What should parents be doing to keep a good line of communication with their kid’s teachers?
I think it is a two-way street.
Teachers need to reach out to parents with good news – not just when there are problems.
Parents need to reach out to teachers with their questions and concerns and accomplishments.
Often there are a lot of conversations just complaining about each other, rather than talking to
each other from the beginning.
As school is getting started, create a routine – reach out once a week and start building the
relationships that will benefit everyone for the school year.
Get to know each other and share about your child!
Anything else you want people to know about “Love Your Classroom Again”?
This is is a guide – providing actual, practical solutions to the common behavior challenges
It is not another theoretical book, but full of tools to use as soon as they put the book down.
While it is called “Love Your Classroom Again“` – parents can certainly benefit from its content.
The behaviors are the same.
About Dr. Marcie Beigel
Dr. Marcie Beigel is the founder and director of Behavior + Beyond. By redesigning behavior with realistic strategies, Dr. Marcie has been transforming classrooms, families, and students since 1998. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, earned her Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and became a New York State Certification Special Education Teacher. She earned two masters degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University as well as certifications as a school and a district administrator in New York State. She lives in Brooklyn where she practices yoga, gets her hands dirty with soft pastels, and enjoys weekend hiking trips to Upstate New York www.BehaviorAndBeyond.net
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