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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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    15 End of the Year Survival Tips

    15 End of the Year Survival Tips
    With just a few months left until the end of the school year, you may already be wondering just how it is possible to get to the end without becoming batty. With spring and warmer weather still to come, students continue to have their own excuses for not putting 100% effort. And of course, there are more non-school related activities that ...
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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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    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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    Surviving the Month of May

    Surviving the Month of May
    Excuse the following trite beginning….I simply couldn’t help myself. May…it is the worst of times….it is the best of times. The month of May can be classified as the worst of times because testing has been over for at least three weeks. Students pretty much shut down after the final answer has been bubbled, answer sheets have been checked for stray ...
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    Getting Kids to Participate

    Getting Kids to Participate
    “How do you attain participation in class? We always seem to have those kids that come in day after day with nothing better to do than try to impersonate a brick. Sometimes these are kids who do fantastic on tests, but they never talk in class. Sometimes they are kids who fail horribly in class and never raise their hands in ...
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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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    How to Teach Students to Settle Their Own Disputes

    It is no secret that there is a rise in student disputes for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is as simple as shouting unkind words to each other or as severe as breaking into a physical fight. Teachers are often faced with students who do not gel, students who are tough, and students who do not regard school entirely as ...
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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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    Punishment or Positive Reinforcement: Which One Works?

    Punishment or Positive Reinforcement: Which One Works?
    “Penny Pingleton, you know you are punished. From now on you're wearing a giant P on your blouse EVERY DAY to school so that the whole world knows that Penny Pingleton is permanently, positively, punished! Well that’s a bit harsh, don’t you think? Well this is clearly something that only happens in Full Feature Film Turned Tony Award Winning Musicals Turned ...
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    1,2,3,4...I Declare a Paper War!

    Classroom management is never deleted from my list of ongoing concerns. Each new group of students and each new school day brings a very different dynamic to the classroom depending on many variables such as what went on at home the night before, what the student ate or didn’t eat, and whether or not my lesson is as educationally sound as ...
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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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