Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • 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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  • Teachers’ Kryptonite

    on Sep 22, 14 • in Featured, Management, Parents • with Comments

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    “Can I take him to the bathroom and wash his ears?” I turned to stare at the practicum student teacher who had just asked the question. Maybe it was my ears that needed to be washed. “I beg your pardon?” “His ears are filthy. Just filthy! Actually, he’s filthy in general, but his ears…” She shuddered. She was not an early twenties student teacher but a woman in her forties. She had come to do a short-term teaching practicum in our classroom three weeks before the school year was over. “No. You may not wash

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  • Simple Student Hacks for Elementary Teachers

    on Sep 11, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    Education is personal and teachers work with an ever-moving target of standards and expectations.  Throw children into the mix and there is not a one-size-fits-all answer.  Each student comes into the classroom with their own history, experiences, needs and circumstances.  We have students who “fit the mold” of a learner.  These students learn in many situations, transfer knowledge and are successful and learn in most any environment.  We also have students who do not fit this role.  They have a list of needs that are often hidden.  They do not respond to the standard “fixes” teachers

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  • Minimize Homework to Maximize Your Classroom

    on Aug 22, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    I teach high school government and economics, and I abide by a minimal homework policy. It’s difficult, I know. There are only so many minutes in a period, only so much content we can learn in a day, and it makes sense to build in some practice time via homework. But hear me out: minimizing the quantity of homework for my class has helped me stay sane and build respect in the classroom. Here’s the primary logic. I understand that my students are not just MY students. They have other classes, they have sports and

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  • My mise-en-place: Inspiration for the Classroom

    on Aug 21, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

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    Is it just me or is prominent American media focused on the faults of our country’s education weeks before the new school year begins? While I am revved up to meet my new students, organize my classroom, put some of my summer ideas and practices to good use, the news has been reporting on countries with higher scores or schools without budgets or the lowest student scores. Where is the prime time story on the changes in campus design or summer school students who succeeded? I can’t find them but I did find a gem of

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