Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • 12 Tips for Maintaining Classroom Self Control

    on Oct 29, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments

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    The class is taking a weekly math test. Everyone is working quietly when a fly buzzes across the room. Suddenly, Bingo says in a clear voice, “Here’s my friend, Tony the Fly.” A few people twitter but most just keep working. I go stand near Bingo ready to whisper in his ear to help him get back to task. Another fly joins the class. Bonzo, Bingo’s partner in crime, shouts, “Look! It’s Tony’s dad!” The entire class’ self control flies out the window with Tony and his dad. I have to bypass my urge to

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  • Trouble Student: 4 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before Putting A Child in Time Out

    on Oct 28, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    We all have that one student. The one that seems to know just how to disrupt, disrespect, and disassemble a class all without meaning to. They are the ones that, when absent, you tend to get more done. But what are you to do when the are present and ready to disrupt? How do you curb their tendencies and help them work to achieve? First, take a breath. You can count to 10, close your eyes, remove yourself to the hall for 30 seconds. Whatever works for you to think clearly. Even as adults, we have tempers

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  • Wiggles, Giggles and Learning

    on Oct 14, 14 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments


    The volume level in my classroom is not normal. And by that I mean it’s not silent. Or quiet. Or even remotely close to whispering. My classroom is noisy, busy and sometimes a bit chaotic. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now don’t get me wrong. We do quiet down, and even go silent at appropriate times, like when assignments have been handed out, tests are being given and when we are reading. But my busy bodies of six-and seven-year-olds get to wiggle, giggle and visit to their heart’s content during other times,

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  • Reflecting on What Works: Elementary Classroom Management

    on Oct 10, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Management • with Comments

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    As fall creeps in and temperatures drop schools across the nation are fully into the swing of things.  The honeymoon period is over and students’ comfort levels allow for a testing of behavior and expectations.  As the first quarter of this year comes to an end, it is the perfect time to reflect.  Identify the things that are stopping your classroom from being the best learning environment it can be and take some steps to start the next 9-weeks strong. Classroom Management—while you have established your rules and routines, everyone has settled in. For some

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  • High School Classroom Management 101: Building Relationships

    on Oct 8, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments

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    Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Stephen Covey from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People   My father is a “people person.” Folks just like him. People who don’t even want to like him can’t help but like him because, well, he’s a likeable guy. I’ve never heard him say anything bad about anyone else and whether it’s the man who parks his car or the waitress at IHOP, he treats everyone with the same level of respect

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