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    A Little Swine Flu To Go With Your Learning?

    A Little Swine Flu To Go With Your Learning?
    Anyone? No? As most schools are, we are currently on Swine Flu Watch. Unfortunately, my classroom has turned into something resembling a hospital waiting room what with all the allergy issues, asthma related breathing problems, spring colds and hacking coughs. But I am vigilant. Vigilant in my search for Swine Flu-esque symptoms. Or really, any symptoms that say Why the Heck ...
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    The SECRET Teacher Supply List

    The SECRET Teacher Supply List
    I consider these items to be absolutely indispensable in the classroom. They have multiple uses and help you avoid problems that you probably haven't thought about. 1. Painter's Tape This special tape doesn't stick to anything permanently, but sticks strongly enough to leave until you're ready to take it off. You can use this to section off your board, floor, walls, ...
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    4 Similarities Between Strep Throat And Classroom Management

    4 Similarities Between Strep Throat And Classroom Management
    I went to the doctor today. It was the first time I’ve been in over a year and a half. I have strep throat. And it’s summer. How lame is that? Enough with the complaining, As I was sitting here this evening wondering why my visitor numbers were a bit lower than they have been lately, I realized that I didn’t ...
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    What to Post on the Walls of Your Class

    What to Post on the Walls of Your Class
    I went to UC Berkeley for graduate school. One would assume that most UC Berkeley students have a working knowledge of social rules. But I was always amused that in the bathrooms in the Education building, they had clear signs posted that read: _Please Flush the Toilet When You Are Finished_ Really? You have to post that? Does that mean that ...
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    Learn Your Students' Names Quickly

    *Adapted from The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide Learning how to correctly pronounce and spell your students’ names is one of the most important tasks you will have to master as the school year begins. Learning all of your students’ names on the first or second day of school is not very difficult. These quick tips will make it possible for you ...
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    Rule-Free Teaching

    Rule-Free Teaching
    This year, we have done things quite a bit differently in our band classes. We have not spent any time really outlining classroom rules. In fact, we really have been operating on a rule-free teaching model. Earlier this week, I clarified my don’t talk to me policy. Beyond that though, we really haven’t gone over anything specifically. No lists of rules ...
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    25 Actions to Grab Your Students’ Attention

    25 Actions to Grab Your Students’ Attention
    There are countless ways to wake up and shake up your students. Prepared teachers take time in advance of the lesson to prevent their students from being bored in class. They combine various techniques and try all sorts of new approaches to get their students engaged in a lesson. Don’t be afraid to try as many as it takes to get ...
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    "Because I Said So!"

    I know this won’t be popular, but isn’t there some value to “because I said so” as a response to a question? As a parent? As a teacher? As a boss? I know all the stuff out there on giving reasons for everything and respecting roles and setting the tone for respect, but isn’t there a time when authority is the ...
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    Building a Productive Classroom Step-by-Step

    Building a Productive Classroom Step-by-Step
    Problem Most likely we have heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” Today, this phrase kept ringing in my head as I stared down a classroom of 30 freshmen in our Information Technology (computers) class. Each child represented a different needs, skill sets, background (language, culture, etc.), ability, and experience. I was about to transition to their next activity – creating ...
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    The Great Classroom Cockroach Chase

    The Great Classroom Cockroach Chase
    The following little tidbit is going to outline “one of those days” when I wonder what I am doing and how this wasn’t included in my job description. But I guess if we just stuck to our job descriptions, nothing would get done!! Picture it. It’s morning meeting. One of my favorite times during the school day. Frequently I am a ...
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    A Guide to Class Management

    A Guide to Class Management
    Whether you're a new teacher stepping foot in the classroom for the first time or an experienced teacher, managing a classroom full of students can be challenging. Each set of students and each new day bring about situations that require careful attention and sometimes quick action. Experts agree that planning your management strategy before you get in the classroom is ...
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    5 Tips for Teaching Students to Respect Authority

    5 Tips for Teaching Students to Respect Authority
    As a school psychologist, I help teachers and parents craft behavior plans for students who are having difficulties in school. Without fail, the top two behaviors that are the most problematic for teachers are not following rules/directions and lack of work completion. Here are some tips for teachers (and parents) to increase compliance with requests. *1)* Start with requests that the ...
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    Strategies and Tips to Improve a Classroom Climate

    Strategies and Tips to Improve a Classroom Climate
    The need for acceptance and respect is overlooked in many classrooms. It is sometimes difficult to accept the behavior of a given student, but the teacher should never communicate a lack of acceptance of the learner as an individual. In fact, lack of respect by the teacher is often cited by learners as a reason for misbehavior. (Savage, 47) The best ...
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    9 End of Year Lessons for Students

    9 End of Year Lessons for Students
    Now is the perfect time to ensure that life’s lessons remain paramount. From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus, a young person's school environment and the people in it are their community. It is within this community, though academically focused, that they learn and practice many of life's most important lessons. Rather than allowing another school year to draw to ...
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    How to Work With Disruptive Students

    How to Work With Disruptive Students
    What classroom doesn't have at least one or two students who constantly disrupt the class with their antics? In order for students to be able to learn effectively, there needs to be consistency and order in the classroom. Often new teachers do not know of ways on how to handle the ongoing battles with disruptive students, and this makes their job ...
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    Ways to Speed up a Teacher's Day

    Ways to Speed up a Teacher's Day
    Being a teacher means that you have many things to juggle, and if anything tips the scales, you may find yourself backlogged in a hurry. There are things that you can do to make sure that you stay on schedule, and complete tasks in a timely manner. Situations will come up that are beyond your control, but implementing some of these ...
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    4 Ways to Regain Class Control

    4 Ways to Regain Class Control
    As a teacher, I have instances where I need to regain class control before my class controls me. For a new teacher this can be frightening. I know. I was there. Regaining class control happens to the best of teachers, and it just takes one element to knock a flowing lesson out of control. Here are a few examples: How about ...
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    The Ultimate Guide to Your First Day at School

    The Ultimate Guide to Your First Day at School
    Whether you are a first-time teacher or an experienced educator, there are certain things you have in common. One of those things is the first day of school. Being prepared and ready to accept students into your classroom is paramount in making them feel welcomed to your classroom, and also giving you the edge to begin the school year off on ...
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    How to Handle a Noisy Class

    How to Handle a Noisy Class
    Do you worry about the noise level in your classroom? Even the best-behaved and high-achieving classes can occasionally be too noisy. And while classroom noise can mean productive learning is taking place among students, here are some tips to help you keep the noise to an acceptable level. • Never talk over noise or shout to be heard in your classroom. ...
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    Better Solutions to Classroom Interruptions

    Better Solutions to Classroom Interruptions
    Q: “What do you do with kids that continually interrupt you in the classroom?” At the beginning of the year, I state my expectations. One of them (a big one) is Respect Others. By interrupting, we are not respecting others because we are saying that we are more important than them. Sometimes it helps the students when they see it in ...
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