The Incredible Years® Blog


Leave a comment

Dina Dinosaur’s Exercise Blog Series (#3)

It’s been a little while since we checked in with Dina and Wally about how their fitness routine is going! You may remember last time, Dina had to take a break so she became Wally’s fitness instructor. By the end of the work out, they decided it was time to get the rest of their friends in on the action!

Exercising with friends is a great motivator and a fun way to spend time with friends. In case you missed it last time, we shared an article showing how early intervention promoting effective parenting led to meaningful differences in obesity in preadolescence – check it out here!

Felicity-biking-3893

Felicity: Hey Dina! I want to be on the exercise team too. I can be just as strong as you and Wally!  I’m testing out the stationery bike first – this is fun!

Molly-bike-racer-3917

Molly: I want to join too! I ride my out door bike for good exercise. One of Dina’s rules is to wear a helmet and be safe. I can’t fly like Dina, but I’m pretty awesome on my bike!

335-lbs3913

Wally: Okay – I’ve been at this for 10 minutes already today – Have I lost any weight yet?

Dina-triceps-3898

Dina: Wally, it doesn’t happen with just one day of exercising! You have to keep at it, one day at a time, to get results. Stay calm – you are getting stronger!

gang-before-Wally-collapses-3919-2
Wally: Look at us – we are a team working together! We are going to be strong enough to help lots of others learn how to be friendly, solve problems, stay healthy, and follow rules!

gang-exercising-3918

Dina: Wally, you look a bit worn out! That’s okay – it takes work. We can do it!

We hope you have enjoyed our fitness series! Maybe Dina and Wally will chime in again in a few months to let us know more about their progress. As always, feel free to share this post with your friends and colleagues, and of course any parents, children, or teachers in your groups! Don’t forget, we are always looking for guest bloggers to share their experiences with the Incredible Years® program! If you are interested, e-mail: alysonb@incredibleyears.com

Have a good weekend!

~Dina, Wally, and The Incredible Years Team


Leave a comment

Teacher Classroom Management – Research and New Videos

Hello and Happy October!

The Incredible Years® (IY) Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) Program is intended to help teachers (of children ages 3-8) strengthen their classroom management strategies. It helps teachers learn fun, new ways to promote children’s prosocial behavior, school readiness, and also reduce children’s classroom aggression and noncooperation. We have a few exciting things that we would like to share with you today about this program!

1. Important Research

2. New Videos

Research

A new article has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of School Psychology about the IY TCM Program. Judy Hutchings, Ph.D. (in Wales) reported on a randomized control group trial (RCT) with 12 teachers and 107 students.  Her primary outcome measure was independent classroom observations that showed that there was a significant reduction in classroom off-task behavior and child negative behaviors toward the teacher as well as to teacher negative interactions with target students. The preliminary results suggest the potential impact of this program on both teacher and child behavior.

Read the article here!

A second report on the IY TCM Program came out of Ireland by Sinead McGilloway and her research team. Her randomized control group study included 24 teachers and 217 children and used independent observations as outcome measures. These results indicated that teachers who had taken part in the training were using significantly fewer negative classroom management strategies (e.g., fewer threats and less shouting) and they reported using more positive strategies.  Observations indicated  a significant decrease in emotional symptoms in the intervention group compared with the control students. Further sub-group analyses indicated those children most ‘at risk’ derived the most benefit from the program.  A recent follow-up study showed that one year later, teachers reported they continued to confidently use the positive management strategies and described the classroom as a calmer and more pleasant place to work. Satisfaction with the program was very high.

See the report here!

Several more RCTs are being conducted with the IY TCM Program at Duke University, University of Missouri, the United Kingdom and Norway. Stay tuned for more results regarding this program!

New Videos

Recently, we added a new video series to our website and YouTube channel that highlights the Teacher Classroom Management Program – have you seen it yet?! The series highlights participant reflections based on their experiences with the TCM Program. These videos are available on our website, on YouTube, and (very soon) in DVD format (contact us for a copy!)

tcmdvd

Schools can use these videos to encourage teacher participation in this program. Results from TCM program research show that teachers who participate in the program develop support networks with other teachers and parents, feel confident about their classroom management strategies, and report classrooms with fewer behavior problems. As a result, teachers are able to more academic teaching.

There are 8 total segments and each segment addresses a different topic…

  1. Overview of the TCM Program
  2. Foundation of the Incredible Years Teaching Pyramid
  3. Managing Classroom Misbehavior
  4. Teacher Experiences Learning the Program
  5. Trainer Experiences Working with Teachers
  6. The Bedrock of Children’s Academic Learning
  7. Research Regarding the Program
  8. Dissemination, Certification, and Need for Ongoing Support and Mentoring

Whew! That’s a lot of information to cover! Each segment is under 10 minutes, and we really hope you will take a look at these when you have some spare time. See below for the first segment, “Overview of the TCM Program” OR  click here to view all the video segments.

~The Incredible Years Team


2 Comments

Dina Dinosaur’s Exercise Blog Series (#2)

Hello friends!

Dina needed a little rest from her fitness regimen so she has enlisted her friend Wally to help her out this week!

Before we get started, let’s take a more serious moment to highlight a study (published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) which relates to this fitness series. The study examined youth at high risk for obesity based on income, minority status, and child behavior problems. Results showed that early intervention promoting effective parenting led to meaningful differences in obesity in preadolescence. Read the article here!

Back to Dina and her friends…

Dina is very tired and sore from all of the exercising she did last week, so she has decided to take today off and instead play “personal trainer” for Wally.

Wally: Hey, Dina, I think I need some help! My mom read some research and she says if I want to be healthy, I should exercise and eat my fruits and vegetables. So I think to start, I will work on lifting some weights.

wally_chest_press

I’m not sure if I am doing this right. I think I’ll switch to the treadmill and work on my leg muscles!

wally_treadmill1

Okay, now I think I have a problem. I don’t think I am big enough to do this! Yikes… CAN I do this?!

wally_treadmill

I am definitely not tall enough for the treadmill!

wally_nottallenough

Dina is telling me to hang on and keep trying, because she needs an exercise buddy. I guess I’ll try another solution!

wally_rowing

Finally I have found a machine that I think will work for me – rowing! I’m learning there are many different ways to exercise, and the important thing is finding what works for you and your body.

rowing_hard

Whew. Rowing is work too! Even though I found something that works for me, Dina says it will still take work and persistence. I’ll do a few more, and next week I’ll invite all of our other friends to join too!

 

Thanks for tuning in!

~Dina, Wally, and the Incredible Years team