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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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    What Teachers Want Most

    What Teachers Want Most
    Do you catch yourself staring out the window? Are you forgetful? Restless? Suffering from more than a touch of spring fever? If you feel this way, just imagine how your students feel! The end of the school year is a time when teachers and students tend to squander the brief class time they have left in a variety of ways. Teachers ...
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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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    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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    The Teacher's Lounge & a Fake Knife Fight

    The Teacher's Lounge & a Fake Knife Fight
    The teacher’s lounge can be a scary place to be. I have been assigned as the school psychologist in no less than 10 different schools in the past few years and have seen my fair share of teacher’s lounges. Each one has it’s own culture. Sometimes, I judge a school by the collegiality of the Teacher’s Lounge. There was Peace Elementary ...
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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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    Moving Beyond Crowd Control to Promote Self-Discipline

    Moving Beyond Crowd Control to Promote Self-Discipline
    At this point in the school year, many of your students will have developed patterns of behavior that will either help them be successful students or be mired in failure. If you want to move your students to become productive students who are thriving in your class, it is time to make sure that you are steering them toward self-discipline. Fortunately, ...
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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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    What's Your Name Again?

    What's Your Name Again?
    As I get older I find that I can’t remember names like I used to. Seating charts and assignned seats help, but when you make the August transformation from the serenity of your home cave to the rowdiness and confusion of the first few days of school it’s difficult to get a fix on five different groups of kids. No matter ...
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    20 Ways to Avoid the February Funk

    20 Ways to Avoid the February Funk
    The signs of February Funk are obvious: you find yourself flipping calendar pages counting the days until Spring Break, petty workday annoyances multiply, routine paperwork turns into overwhelming stacks, and each school day threatens to become drudgery. If February finds you struggling with February Funk, you are not alone! Many teachers agree that even though the calendar may say differently, February ...
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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 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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    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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    Good Teachers Trump Class Size

    Good Teachers Trump Class Size
    Hiring (and supporting) better teachers is more important than keeping classes small, argues Jay Mathews on his Washington Post blog. He suggests a thought experiment: Would you want your child “transferred to the school’s best teacher, an imaginative and energetic motivator” with 30 students in the class? . . . when the Center for Public Education examined 19 studies of class-size ...
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