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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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    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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    5 Ways To Win When Students Test Your Limits

    [photo:70992] It’s been a while since I have taught 7th & 8th graders and now I remember how much they like to get away with. Even the good students do things from time to time that just boggle my mind. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? It’s crazy. How do I handle these misbehaving miscreants? These 5 ways.... 1. Don’t pick favorite ...
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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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    19 Ways to Reclaim Your Free Time

    19 Ways to Reclaim Your Free Time
    In Reclaim Your Time: 20 Great Ways to Find More Free Time, Zen Habits gives this list that I thought was so awesome for my own personal life, but I think it really relates to how we can be more effective in our teaching if we find more free time for ourselves, too. I have taken the list and put a ...
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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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    Are My Students Weeds or Flowers?

    Are My Students Weeds or Flowers?
    “In the world of classroom gardening, I can change that weed into a flower. How do we do that as teachers? By doing exactly the opposite of what I did for the first few days. Concentrate on the good behavior. Look at the flowers. Don’t ignore the weed, but don’t make him or her the focal point of your room either. ...
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    On Substitutes: A Collage

    On Substitutes: A Collage
    My students have a hard time accepting substitutes. It doesn’t matter if the stand-in has a Ph.D. in literature from Harvard or spent the week preparing, the kids always find something wrong with the sub. “He’s mean,” they’ll tell me upon my return, or “She was weird,” or “He spoke funny,” or “He hated us”. I used to think the collective ...
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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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    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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    Teaching: Not a Discipline for the Faint of Heart

    Teaching: Not a Discipline for the Faint of Heart
    The other day at a training, a kindergarten teacher who teaches in a high-poverty elementary school told me this story: Two kindergarten boys got into a fistfight. Before the teacher could get to them, another kindergarten boy pulled up a chair right in front of the fight and said, “I’m going to watch the show!” Entertainment is highly valued in poverty ...
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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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    It's Almost Monday!

    It's Almost Monday!
    Please don’t tell me this picture represents your views! As a teacher, and specifically as a band director, I am not a big fan of Mondays. As a worker, I really love Monday. Why? Great question. Why I don’t like Mondays Kids generally don’t practice over the weekend. This means that part of Monday is spent recovering and getting the band ...
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