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    How to Creatively Use a Seating Chart

    How to Creatively Use a Seating Chart
    The seating chart: some teachers love them and use them, others do not. I find them essential. Many teachers seat their students alphabetically (either A-Z or Z-A) in rows. Others use groups of desks, or tables and assign seats after allowing the students to find a chair of their personal preference. Seating charts are VERY USEFUL for the mundane everyday tasks ...
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    Take Time to Listen

    Take Time to Listen
    There are questions you should ask yourself before you try to win a “battle” in the classroom. There are consequences of losing and winning any battle. The most important point is that sometimes we just need to listen. When I first started teaching, I was determined to show students, parents, and colleagues that I knew everything (or at least I thought ...
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    Become a Successful Educator

    Become a Successful Educator
    Because our professional duties are geared to changing lives, we teachers tend to think about what we do with a greater intensity than other professionals. We scribble comments on lesson plans, stick bits of paper in our teacher’s editions to mark any changes we want to make before we teach that lesson again, and scrawl hasty reminders and notes to ...
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    Is Your Classroom a Safe Place?

    Is Your Classroom a Safe Place?
    Building trust: I share a lot of stories about myself so that the students can learn more about me. When I don’t know someone, I don’t feel comfortable expressing myself because I am afraid they will judge me or think badly about me. My students probably feel the same way so I try to take the first steps in getting to ...
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    To Group or Not to Group

    To Group or Not to Group
    I think there are times grouping is good and sometimes it isn’t appropriate. As a teacher, I need to look at what the objective of my lesson is and how do I plan to achieve it. If grouping is the best way to do that, then that is the way I need to go. I do not believe that one size ...
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    15 Tricks to Transform Yourself Into a Favorite Teacher

    15 Tricks to Transform Yourself Into a Favorite Teacher
    Ramona writes: I am a first year teacher struggling with classroom management at the elementary school level. I have some logistical challenges because I don’t have my own classroom and travel between classes and schools with a cart. I also have almost 300 different students I see every week. But mostly my problem is that I don’t like to humiliate children ...
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    End of the School Year: A Secret Word

    From Kelly Tenkely I do institute a secret word of the day the last month of school. I tell the kids a new secret word each day and whenever they hear that word they have to do something like stand up and hop on one foot or pat their heads or put their finger on their nose. It keeps them paying ...
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    How to Deal With Power Struggles in the Classroom

    How to Deal With Power Struggles in the Classroom
    What does a power struggle look like in your teaching practice? Do you recognize any of these students and their behaviors? Although students who want to engage in power struggles with the adults in their lives can appear in many different guises, there are some ways that teachers can unfortunately find easier to recognize than others. • The class clown who ...
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    How to Cope with an Excessively Talkative Class

    How to Cope with an Excessively Talkative Class
    One of the most frustrating feelings that any teacher can experience is the hopelessness that comes when our students are so busy talking that they don't listen to us or work productively. Unfortunately, having a class that is excessively talkative is one of the most frequent complaints that many teachers - experienced and novice alike - share. It is disheartening at ...
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    How to Make it to the End of the School Year

    How to Make it to the End of the School Year
    If the school year has flown by but now is creeping along, you're not alone. Many teachers this time of year are teaching students who are anxious about the school year ending and summer just around the corner. Unfortunately, there is a lot of work to be done until the final bell rings. To help you and your students stay focused ...
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    Back to School Classroom Organization

    Back to School Classroom Organization
    As the new school term approaches, teachers everywhere are gearing up to meet its challenges. We find ourselves checking out the sale pages in the newspaper (after the initial shock of seeing the dreaded "BACK TO SCHOOL!" headlines passes) and finding other ways to get ourselves organized. We eye our professional wardrobes to see what we need to spruce up or ...
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    How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class

    How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class
    From elementary to high school, managing behavior is by far the most difficult part of being a teacher. Problem behaviors come in a variety of forms, from a young child hitting to a teenager disrupting your lesson. Children also come to school with a variety of emotional and life challenges, which may make their problem behaviors seem complex and difficult to ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Quiet?

    How Do I Keep My Students Quiet?
    I am convinced that classroom management is the key to success in teaching. It is something about which I have become passionate. Why? Because poorly managed classrooms waste the time and the lives of everyone involved. As a teacher, I hate it when I allow my students to be out of control. As a student, I don’t learn as much as ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Away from Me?

    How Do I Keep My Students Away from Me?
    Help! My students like me too much! Here is where things begin to get fun. When I first started teaching, I did so because I loved working with children. I tried so hard to make them like me. I wanted to be their favorite teacher. In so doing, I didn’t enforce enough discipline. I didn’t want to make them mad. That ...
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    60 Ways to Survive & Thrive as the School Year Ends

    60 Ways to Survive & Thrive as the School Year Ends
    As the end of the school year approaches, students of all ages and ability levels become increasingly restless and distracted. Even the most studious scholars seem to lose interest in material that fascinated them just a few weeks ago. The result can be enormous frustration for the teachers of these fidgety and disengaged students. Veteran teachers know about this unfortunate phenomenon ...
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    Middle School Trouble Makers

    Middle School Trouble Makers
    Dear Julia, I just started teaching a 6th grade reading class in a middle school. I have established and repeated class rules, set up a daily routine, and even end class a few minutes early so the kids can socialize. However, I am still having trouble getting the kids to listen and respect me. I have implemented a strike system, given ...
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    Classroom Discipline Tips: Dealing with Difficult Students & Parents

    Classroom Discipline Tips: Dealing with Difficult Students & Parents
    Recently Teaching collected discipline questions from members. Veteran teacher and author of First Year Teacher's Survival Guide, Julia Thompson, answered questions with helpful suggestions. Browse the questions below to find answers to questions that can help you be more prepared to handle difficult situations. h4. Question *_What do you do with students who are disrespectful?_* Every teacher has to deal ...
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    The Battle of Teacher vs. Student

    The Battle of Teacher vs. Student
    Aha! After many painful hours of searching YouTube for awful teacher-student interactions, I found a clip to illustrate how I might do an observation and consult with the teacher. This is a clip from a mockumentary (fake documentary) in England of a teacher-student interaction gone awry. It isn’t that far off from some teacher-student interactions I’ve observed. And if you are ...
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    5 Characteristics of a Well-Managed 21st Century Classroom

    5 Characteristics of a Well-Managed 21st Century Classroom
    Should teachers still worry about students who chew gum? What should we do about those students whose cell phones ring in class? How should we react when we hear students using offensive language? As teachers, we wonder what to do about these and the countless other behaviors that we witness each school day. Are these the issues that should concern us ...
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    5 Common Sense Steps to a Productive Classroom Environment

    5 Common Sense Steps to a Productive Classroom Environment
    Although the establishment of a productive classroom environment is a difficult and complicated task, it certainly is not an impossible one. Below you will find five common-sense actions that will make this task manageable. Step One Become thoroughly familiar with the content of the courses you teach. If you don’t know the material you are supposed to cover, then your instruction ...
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