Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • 6 Ways to Make Your Room Work for You

    on Jul 24, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    Every summer teachers rethink their classrooms. I am no exception. It just can’t happen during the school year beyond rearranging desks. I have a couple of friends who are urban planners and I pretend to be them, thinking about my space as if it were a small city. After all, classroom arrangement includes more than desks and bookshelves. It incorporates all the places that you and your students move, sit or work in the room. This includes storage. I was fortunate to have a huge room built in the 1920s. There was room for

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  • Develop Habits, Don’t Discipline

    on Jul 14, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    Discipline, as defined by Google, is a noun or verb which is the practice of or to train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience. Classrooms must have agreed up on rules and follow common unspoken rules to be successful. But a successful classroom goes beyond discipline into life skills and learning. I am often asked what I use for classroom management. The answer is a combination of love, creativity, patience, and teaching. Education is filled with buzz words. Having been in the classroom for 18 years

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  • Ten Tips to Smooth Transitions

    on Jun 26, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    One of the hardest things to master as a new teacher is a smooth and quiet transition from one task to another. The class can turn from calm to chaos in the blink of an eye, as soon as you make a change in what you are doing. While some children can move easily between activities, there is always a group who just struggle with transitions. When chaos breaks out, only your toughest do-gooders stay focused. Everyone else sinks to the lowest common denominator. Here are ten tips on how to build smooth transitions into

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  • School is Almost Out!

    on May 26, 14 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments


    “Four more days!” “Yea!” Teachers are counting down, too. Some teachers have had grades done a while ago; especially the benchmark grades when a student’s passing or failing “the test” determines if she goes to the next grade. The rest of us are scrambling to get everything into the computer. The rooms have to be packed up. Files on students have to be ready to pass to the next grade’s teachers. The schedules are full of talent shows, field days, and parties. If you are in an unairconditioned room then your lights are off and

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  • High School Recess: Should it be an Option?

    on May 21, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    Yesterday our full faculty came together to discuss the pros and cons of our mandated advisory period held in the middle of the day. For 20 minutes, students check in with an advisor to discuss upcoming involvements in events, to conference about grade improvement plans, to engage in fun activities. I have a freshman advisory whose needs are many. I spend time teaching them where resources are in the building, how to handle a locker combination, how to study for exams. I also take them outside to play. It may seem odd to have recess for

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