Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • “I’m Her Favorite Student!”

    on Aug 31, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, High School, Literacy, Management, Opinion • with Comments

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    “I’m her favorite student!” I’ve heard that phrase over and over in the eighteen years I’ve been working around schools and the short seven years of my teaching career. I never deny it, or even acknowledge whether or not it’s true.  I usually just smile and nod, yet students still say it.  Since I’ve heard it a handful of times in the past two weeks, it got me thinking about my attitude in the classroom, because to be perfectly honest, the students that often say that phrase are not necessarily my favorites, in fact, many of them are ones

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  • Supporting Students Can be More than Academic

    on Aug 25, 15 • in Featured, Management • with Comments

    Supporting students has always meant letting my students know that I understood how stressful their lives can be. While we can’t control their home lives we can be aware that our schools are not necessarily very student friendly. Between earlier and earlier starting times, dress codes/uniforms, poorly scheduled rosters, and crazy standardized testing, students do have a lot of stress. If we can acknowledge that they are stressed we can find small ways to help them navigate school life more easily. Often when I could feel the tension in the air at the beginning of

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  • Elements of a Great Lesson Plan

    on Aug 20, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

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    There is no right way to plan a great lesson. Sometimes what you thought would be an amazing plan falls apart and other times what was supposed to take only five minutes ends up being twenty-five. Or my absolute favorite thing happens, there is a “teachable moment” and it is not written on any lesson plan, in fact there is no way you could have planned for it, but it arrived and it was amazing. Lesson planning can be tedious, but having a great plan is a way to be an effective teacher. Here are

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  • Behavior Bugs Are On The Loose!

    on Aug 17, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Management • with Comments

    Every school year I use some type of token system with my class. Since I have students who loop with me for several years, I don’t like to use the same system every year so as not to repeat something that has already been done for students I have again. One year I used poker chips, one year I used money, another year I used stickers and so on. I would hand these items out for good behavior, following procedures, working hard, demonstrating good life principles and so on. Sometimes we would have verbal pop

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  • Advice from Adventures in Seating Plans

    on Aug 14, 15 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines, High School, Management • with Comments

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    The seating plan is often thought of as an important element for student success. From the first day of school, the seating plan is a teacher’s strategy for learning student names, and student names can be the most important piece of information a teacher can gather the first day of school. For that reason most teachers choose to use an initial seating plan that is alphabetical, but once names are committed to memory, should teachers still use the seating plan? Scramble the Seating Plan One year, I experimented with my 9th grade students to change things up by using a different

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