Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • Four Things Teachers Should Try Before Removing a Student

    on Apr 6, 15 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

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    At some point in their career, teachers will have to deal with a student so disruptive that the class can quickly become a nightmare. Perhaps the student talks through the lesson or throws objects in the middle of class. Sometimes, the student teases other classmates, making them uncomfortable. And when it comes to respecting the teacher, the student simply doesn’t. Sadly, teachers can find themselves in a type of purgatory – on the one hand, we are expected to reach and save every child whose footsteps grace our classroom, but on the other, we cannot

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  • Student Teacher Diaries: Classroom Management

    on Apr 1, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Management, The Student Teacher Diaries • with Comments


    This weekly series features the observations and experiences of a veteran teacher and her student teacher as they learn together this semester.  At the beginning of the year it is important to establish the tone of your classroom.  I like to select a theme that ties things together.  For the past couple of years I have used Superheroes.  We set up our classroom as a super community.  It provides great lessons for understanding your own strengths and weaknesses and allows students to understand failure, learning and trying are important in our classroom. Coming back from

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  • Formative Assessment: Getting Started

    on Feb 27, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    Formative assessment is not just another buzz word in education.  Formative assessment goes beyond the exit ticket and check-in tests.   This is a shift in teaching and classroom management that allows for students and teachers to reflect on learning.  Formative assessment involves setting clear learning goals and knowing what mastery of these goals looks like.  Then, teachers and students work together to collaborate and reflect on the learning.  This series will cover ways you can adjust what you are currently doing to gain time and learning in your room through formative assessment. Teachers are savvy

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  • 12 Ways To Reclaim Your Personal Life: Why Teaching Isn’t 24 Hours

    on Feb 25, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    12 Ways to reclaim your personal life

    For the average teacher – or worker for that matter – the expectations of the job are mounting. Each year we’re given more to do with the same amount of resources, namely time. There are only 24 hours in a day, and teachers should be prioritizing them. Certainly, this is not a post to advocate lackluster performance at school. Not in the least, we want you to be your best in school. But we also want you to be your best outside of school, for your family’s sake – and for your own sanity. Here

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  • Setting Up a Cooperative Learning Classroom

    on Feb 23, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Management, Opinion • with Comments


    At recess yesterday I began sketching my classroom layout for next year. Crazy, I know. I am the teacher who likes to do trial runs on pretty much everything. Owning my own school gives me the ability to do that. I use the beginning of each quarter to lay out goals and expectations for my students that are a bit more challenging than the average classroom has. Each quarter I reassess and tweak my ideas until I have a smooth running machine. So when I came across the many ideas leaning toward a cooperative learning

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