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    Can You Look Past Bad Behavior?

    Can You Look Past Bad Behavior?
    T J Shay writes, “I try very hard to never look at what everyone else sees wrong with a kid. I always try to listen to different opinions and try to care about them all....even the ones that are hard to like” in Sometimes You Have to Look from a Different Vantage Point. This brought back a lot of good memories ...
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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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    Smaller is Better

    The future of public schools in California is getting smaller, not bigger. Our high school is in the early stages of creating a Small Learning Community or SLC. We’ve received grant money and are now in the first year of the process making structural plans for next year. As each high school is unique based on the needs of its students, ...
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    Teachers: Are You for Real?

    Teachers: Are You for Real?
    You have got to, must always, never forget, always remember to be real with your students. I cannot explain the success I have had with students by just being real. Break out of the education malarky and teacher speak and all that formal nonsense. We are people just like the students are- why do we ever pretend to be anything else? ...
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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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    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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    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?

    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?
    I teach my students the importance of collaboration to their further studies. I teach them this because I know how much collaboration has aided me in continuing my education, but I also know how much collaboration is involved when working in the “real world.” But I also stress to them the differences between cheating and collaboration. Let me start with a ...
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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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    How to Handle Embarrassing Classroom Moments

    How to Handle Embarrassing Classroom Moments
    The other day on my personal blog I talked about what I would do if I had to work with someone closely who had really bad breath. One of the comments mentioned having a teacher who had bad breath, and it made me think about my own experiences with my own teachers and started to wonder about my students. This also ...
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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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    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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    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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    Words Can Hurt

    Words Can Hurt
    “The words that are chosen by a teacher carry so much meaning and power. I think we all forget just how much power we have. When a kid falls down in class and forgets homework, does poorly on a test, or even is the biggest thorn in our side, we have a choice to use words that beat them down or ...
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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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