McDowell Institute

McDowell Institute - Fostering Wellness Through Education

McDowell Institute is Supporting You Through Student Teaching

Are you experiencing difficulties with classroom management? Are you concerned about a particular student that appears to be struggling with their emotions…social interactions with others… or their own behavior?

If the answer is "yes" to either of these two questions, the McDowell Institute is available to provide you with guidance and support. Accessing help on these types of situations is available through open office hours during your student teaching semester on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. To access open office hours, join this Zoom Meeting each week
Meeting ID: 978 5910 2830
Password: 726799

How do the Open Office Hours Operate?

Each weekly session is open to any current BU student teacher. You do NOT have to pre-register…just virtually show up.

Each session in the first half of the semester will start with a brief 10-minute refresher session on core Trauma-informed practices emphasizing preventive evidence-based strategies to meaningfully engage students in the classroom. Following the brief 10-minute refresher segment, the floor will be open for student teachers to bring in to this professional learning community topics that they wish to discuss and/or challenges about which they wish to receive guidance. A structure will be established at the onset of each session concerning issues of confidentiality in a manner that will facilitate candid discussion and addressment of the topics or situations that arise during office hours.

What is the Schedule for Fall 2020?

Date Topic for Targeted 10-minute Opening Refresher Time
September 1 Establishing Expectations with Students 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
September 8 Pre-correcting for Behavioral Errors 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
September 15 Establishing Rapport with Your Students 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
September 22 Building Desired Behavior through Acknowledgement 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
September 29 Increasing Engagement through Opportunities to Respond 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
October 6 Re-directing Undesired Student Behavior 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
October 13 Safely De-escalating Student “Melt-downs” 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
October 20 NA 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
October 27 NA 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
November 3 NA 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
November 10 NA 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
November 17 NA 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Special note: Private consultative support outside of the context of these open hours may be arranged upon request as deemed warranted by the McDowell Institute. Simply send an e-mail to in the event you feel the need to explore a private appointment.