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    4 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Classroom

    4 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Classroom
    It’s important to create the building blocks for an effective system of classroom management before the school year begins. As you brainstorm ideas, remember to keep three goals in mind. First, effective management techniques seek to establish mutual trust between students and the teacher. Second, they provide explicit guidelines regarding acceptable classroom behavior and scholastic expectations. Third, a well-planned management system ...
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    Action Doesn’t Mean Production

    Action Doesn’t Mean Production
    “Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? - Rick Warren” I think this quote applies to administrators, teachers, students, and parents and we need to really take this to heart. So, I decided to write a little note to each. Dear Administrators, • Please don’t ask me to fill out reports when ...
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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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    How To: Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student

    How To:  Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student
    We all know the type of kid; he or she may be your biggest headache. They are hostile to you and their peers, they don’t seem to listen, and don’t do what they are told. Its almost like they want to upset you. It seems like the more you try to manage them the more they resist…. Sound Familiar? Students with ...
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    Protect Your Students from Bullies

    Protect Your Students from Bullies
    If we don’t take a stand, who will? It happens in restrooms, in hallways, at recess, on playgrounds, in locker rooms, in cafeterias...any place in a school where adult supervision is minimal. Generations of students have suffered verbal and physical abuse at the hands of other students. Despite intensified attention by educators, the problem of bullying continues to worsen. How much ...
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    Taking Control of Your Class

    Taking Control of Your Class
    “Relax and quietly sit in your seat.” There is nothing more challenging for a teacher than starting class off on the right track. It often feels like trying to change the course of a steam ship with a wooden paddle. But it’s not impossible to start off right and stay on-task for the entire class period or school day even with ...
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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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    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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    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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    Do Your Students Take You Seriously?

    Do Your Students Take You Seriously?
    Recently, a student complained to me about another teacher’s poor classroom environment. The student observed that my colleague’s class was unruly, no one listened to the teacher, and the students really didn’t learn anything. So sad. I lamented the situation with my beleaguered pupil. Later I tried to think of some simple way to prescribe a remedy for teachers who find ...
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    How Teachers Can Say "No" Without Being Negative

    How Teachers Can Say "No" Without Being Negative
    Here is a quick exerpt from Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher. I hope it will make it easier for you to manage your classes as winter break looms and students become more restless than ever. "Classroom teachers spend their days bombarded by a steady stream of requests from students who want to go to the restroom, the office, a ...
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    Save Time and Save Your Sanity

    Save Time and Save Your Sanity
    Scenario: You are constantly rushing at school only to find yourself falling farther and farther behind. Every teacher you know seems to feel the same way. The hectic pace is really taking its toll. Your goal: To free yourself from the stress of the constant rush of a typical school day Quick Tips: You can save time with some of these ...
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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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    15 Ways For Teachers to Get Organized

    15 Ways For Teachers to Get Organized
    All teachers need a user-friendly system to help stay on top of the endless marking, checking and workpages. Plan as thoroughly as you can and if you don’t already have one, develop a system of organization. It’s truly amazing how much paperwork and marking goes into the first year. It’s easy for a new teacher to feel overwhelmed and confused. Try ...
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    Managing Violent & Explosive Behavior in Young Children

    Managing Violent & Explosive Behavior in Young Children
    Consider the following vignette: * Mrs. Berdine tells her 1st grade class that it is time to line up to go to art class. Little 6 year-old Daniel races to be first in line but is narrowly beaten out by James, who also wanted to be first. Daniel explodes, screams at James that he is going to kill him, and pushes ...
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    6 Ways to Ease Teachers' Anxieties

    6 Ways to Ease Teachers' Anxieties
    Let’s face it. When school starts, we all face anxiety – the student, the parents, and the teacher. It is a stressful time because we are facing the unknown. The student usually doesn’t know the teacher or the new rules and may even be facing a new school. The parents don’t know what their child will be facing or if their ...
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    4 Ways to Work with Difficult Students

    4 Ways to Work with Difficult Students
    There is no doubt that working with difficult students is, well…difficult. The child in question may not be disruptive to other students, but seems to know just how to push your buttons. Perhaps she is the one who asks you off-the-wall questions about everything and anything, or is the one that wants to be by your side at every second of ...
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    Are You in a Discipline Trap?

    Are You in a Discipline Trap?
    Reporting discipline problems as a way to “control” the students is not effective classroom management because habitual reporting can lead to decreased performance and motivation. Many new teachers fall into the trap thinking that by adopting an authoritative approach to discipline (”I say, you listen”) they will have done the following things successfully: 1. They will have “taken care” of the ...
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    The Day I Realized My Students Didn't Respect Me

    The Day I Realized My Students Didn't Respect Me
    Yesterday contained one of the lowest lows I've ever experienced as a teacher. Representatives from the state's Charter School Office were observing every classroom as part of a critical site visit of our young school. Our students were told what was going on and that many visitors would be watching classes throughout the day. I have never expected my students to ...
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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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