Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • 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

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    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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  • CA politician discusses willful defiance, educational priorities

    on Oct 7, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Management, Policy • with Comments

    Author Dana Dooley with CA Assembly Member Dickinson

    Recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed in to law AB 420, which limits suspensions and expulsions due to willful defiance in K-12. Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with the bill’s author, State Assembly member Roger Dickinson, at the state capitol in Sacramento. See why students should not be suspended nor expelled for “willful defiance,” what should be done to reform teacher credentialing requirements, how the enforcement of this new law connects to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), and what educational issues the legislature seeks to address next: Dooley:  I notice

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  • Elementary Classroom Hacks

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

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    Classroom teachers have tricks and shortcuts we use each day.  We need things to help manage and protect time, supplies, organization and classroom management.  According to Merriam-Webster “Hack is to manage successfully or a creative solution.”  Here are some classroom hacks to help with a variety of things in your elementary classroom. * Use old (clean) socks for keeping dry erase markers.  Students have an instant eraser and you don’t have to make a decision about which color to pick. * Use drink carriers from fast food places to organize supplies for activities.  Plastic cups can

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