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    10 Ways to Create Positive Learning Experiences

    10 Ways to Create Positive Learning Experiences
    Hustle & Flow: Classroom Style The words hustle and flow describe one basic word to me: activity. I want my classroom to be full of activity. Productive activity. You may not agree with some of the things I'm writing, but remember, I'm suggesting these for the long-term effect they will have on the student culture and classroom atmosphere. The following are ...
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    5 Teacher Tips on Getting Through Negative Situations

    5 Teacher Tips on Getting Through Negative Situations
    Confronting new classroom situations is part of every teacher’s job. The challenge is of course, how to cope with the tension in the most effective way. I received this email last week from a teacher who feels stuck. “I teach a combo 7th-8th grade elective and the behavior is getting worse.There are a few students who are disrespectful and they make ...
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    How to Build a Classroom Management Plan

    How to Build a Classroom Management Plan
    After introducing a few rules during the first week of school, plan on reinforcing them for the next few months to come. Stick to the 90% reviewing classroom procedures and rules and 10% amount of teaching. By procedures, I am referring to also study skills such as how to present and keep their work, pair and group work and test procedures. ...
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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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    Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management

    Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management
    When Richard Eyster encountered Jennifer Longley at an education conference, he was delighted to learn she had entered the teaching profession. He remembered Jennifer as a bright and good-natured student in his third grade class twelve years earlier. But when they met for lunch, she opened up to him about her frustrating struggle to maintain control of her high school English ...
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    How to Keep Students from Cheating

    How to Keep Students from Cheating
    Many students of all ages find it tempting- and sometimes irresistible- to cheat on homework assignments. Students who cheat instead of doing the work themselves may not fully comprehend the lesson, slipping behind in knowledge gained. While teachers do not have full control over this because they are not with students when they complete homework assignments, there are strategies that ...
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    Avoid an Awful Day at School

    Avoid an Awful Day at School
    Veteran teacher and author, Julia G. Thompson, shares helpful tips to keep you smiling all day long. Avoid an awful day at school with these tips. h4. Step One: Be a Good Leader 1. Establish a warm and supportive class identity where students can work together as a team. 2. Provide an organizational framework to help students stay focused. Help ...
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    Dealing with Discipline Problems of Diverse Classes

    Dealing with Discipline Problems of Diverse Classes
    When students aren’t listening, it’s usually because of one main thing: they are not engaged with the setup of the classroom and how the lesson is structured. As you may have already realized, when students don’t understand the rules and procedures in your classroom, they then begin to take control in the classroom. And you know what that means, right? As ...
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    Quick Tips to Save Time Grading

    1. Keep papers organized with old-fashioned wooden clothespins that you can find at stores such as Wal-Mart, K-mart, or Target. Clip papers together with these and you will not have to wrestle with bent paper clips and messy papers. 2. When you grade papers, use two colors of ink. One can be for errors and the other can be for the ...
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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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    End of the School Year: Break Up the Monotony

    I noticed the glazed look on my students' faces before class has even begun this recently. I usually do one of two things when we get to this point of the semester and it's always based on the personality of the group thus far in the semester. Group projects are great to break up the monotony of listening to lectures. It ...
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    End of the School Year: Flexible Planning

    1) Shake things up a bit - if you're used to doing daily journaling in a notebook, try doing the journaling on a computer or even blogging with your students - adding technology to lessons isn't difficult and it can really help with student engagement, especially at a time of year when attentions are drawn elsewhere 2) Have a cumulative project ...
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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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    The Importance of Names in Educational Settings

    The Importance of Names in Educational Settings
    Names are important. In the classroom I feel that it is important for students to refer to their teachers as Mr. or Mrs. So and So. I don’t feel that it is appropriate in any k12 setting for any student to use any teacher or administrators first names. There needs to be professional distance between student and teacher. It is equally ...
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    7 Questions That Will Save Your Teaching Career

    7 Questions That Will Save Your Teaching Career
    My priorities as a first year teacher were a little bit off. It wasn’t until the end of my second year before I began to really “get it.” I still don’t get it, but I have begun to. What I learned in later school years was that I needed to ask questions, but not just any questions. Over time, I have ...
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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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    Part 3: In a Crunch? Try These Quick Lesson Ideas

    Part 3: In a Crunch? Try These Quick Lesson Ideas
    Everything a Teacher Needs to Know Before School Starts As summer quickly comes to a close, preparation for being back in the classroom begins to mount. And what you do in the first week of school can truly set the tone for the rest of the year. Use this elaborate guide, exclusive to Teaching—with tips, strategies, even lesson plans—to help you ...
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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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    Part 4: Tips for Classroom Management

    Part 4: Tips for Classroom Management
    Everything a Teacher Needs to Know Before School Starts As summer quickly comes to a close, preparation for being back in the classroom begins to mount. And what you do in the first week of school can truly set the tone for the rest of the year. Use this elaborate guide, exclusive to Teaching—with tips, strategies, even lesson plans—to help you ...
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    Best Ways to Prevent & React to Discipline Problems

    Best Ways to Prevent & React to Discipline Problems
    Student behavior problems may be the single biggest reason teachers get stressed and leave the teaching profession. Too often, teacher preparatory programs send smart, qualified teachers into classrooms with little or no skills for handling behavior disasters. Student teaching may prepare teachers for real-life teaching, but more often than not, the student teaching environment may not represent the actual teaching placement. ...
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