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    Are Traditional Disciplinary Actions Effective in High Schools?

    Are Traditional Disciplinary Actions Effective in High Schools?
    We recently received an email from a School Superintendent who has wisely reached out and asked for solutions and ideas in dealing with a very common trend in school discipline. When I read this, I empathized and began to wonder if there are other educators and administrators out there who are dealing with disciplinary challenges in their own school system? Perhaps ...
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    The Hard Rock of Student Indifference

    The Hard Rock of Student Indifference
    Contrary to the myths recycled by what my students would call “haters”, I work summers even though I am a teacher. I’ve done everything from cater fancy opera dinners to chainsaw bark beetle-infested pinon trees, but for the last few years, I’ve been able to make money by teaching. This past break I was a “presenter” of memoir at Kripalu yoga ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Should Teachers Nag or Ignore?

    Should Teachers Nag or Ignore?
    Because a considerable portion of our job is to redirect counterproductive student behavior, should we immediately jump into action when we feel a “disturbance in the Force?” (And don’t you just love Star Wars?) Another common reaction to misbehavior is to ignore it, allowing students to fatigue themselves in vain efforts to gain attention. In truth, both approaches do often work. ...
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    What To Do When Students Flagrantly Disregard The Rules

    What To Do When Students Flagrantly Disregard The Rules
    The following comment was left yesterday and I thought it was worthy of its own article as I have seen numerous things of this type happen over the years: This is my first year as a professional teacher; I have three (90-minute block scheduled) enthusiastic groups of students who have begun to test their boundaries. I love the students, and I ...
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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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    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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    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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    Better Solutions to Classroom Interruptions

    Better Solutions to Classroom Interruptions
    Q: “What do you do with kids that continually interrupt you in the classroom?” At the beginning of the year, I state my expectations. One of them (a big one) is Respect Others. By interrupting, we are not respecting others because we are saying that we are more important than them. Sometimes it helps the students when they see it in ...
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    9 End of Year Lessons for Students

    9 End of Year Lessons for Students
    Now is the perfect time to ensure that life’s lessons remain paramount. From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus, a young person's school environment and the people in it are their community. It is within this community, though academically focused, that they learn and practice many of life's most important lessons. Rather than allowing another school year to draw to ...
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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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    8 Ways to Prepare for the End of School

    8 Ways to Prepare for the End of School
    Most dedicated teachers try to work relentlessly until the very last day of school, putting off any work that would make that day and teacher workdays that follow less stressful and more efficient. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks left, here’s a few simple steps to make your life a little bit easier on those last few ...
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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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    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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