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    How to Work With Disruptive Students

    How to Work With Disruptive Students
    What classroom doesn't have at least one or two students who constantly disrupt the class with their antics? In order for students to be able to learn effectively, there needs to be consistency and order in the classroom. Often new teachers do not know of ways on how to handle the ongoing battles with disruptive students, and this makes their job ...
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    Ways to Speed up a Teacher's Day

    Ways to Speed up a Teacher's Day
    Being a teacher means that you have many things to juggle, and if anything tips the scales, you may find yourself backlogged in a hurry. There are things that you can do to make sure that you stay on schedule, and complete tasks in a timely manner. Situations will come up that are beyond your control, but implementing some of these ...
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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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    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 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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    The Instructor’s Guide to De-Stressing in the Final Weeks of School

    The Instructor’s Guide to De-Stressing in the Final Weeks of School
    Well, for most of us, we have about a month left before the end of the semester. Some of us are reaching that weary point of exhaustion and stress that always come with a mound of papers that won’t grade themselves, more classes to teach, and not enough energy to do both (and finish coursework for those of us still on ...
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    End of the School Year: Focus on the Positive

    Try to stay focused on the positive instead of the many, many negative things that go on at the end of the year. It is a stressful time with testing, restless kids who think the year is over, and behaviors just seem to grate on your nerves a bit more....not to mention the business of school regarding rumors and facts regarding ...
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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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    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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    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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    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?

    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?
    I teach my students the importance of collaboration to their further studies. I teach them this because I know how much collaboration has aided me in continuing my education, but I also know how much collaboration is involved when working in the “real world.” But I also stress to them the differences between cheating and collaboration. Let me start with a ...
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    Teaching: Not a Discipline for the Faint of Heart

    Teaching: Not a Discipline for the Faint of Heart
    The other day at a training, a kindergarten teacher who teaches in a high-poverty elementary school told me this story: Two kindergarten boys got into a fistfight. Before the teacher could get to them, another kindergarten boy pulled up a chair right in front of the fight and said, “I’m going to watch the show!” Entertainment is highly valued in poverty ...
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    "Because I Said So!"

    I know this won’t be popular, but isn’t there some value to “because I said so” as a response to a question? As a parent? As a teacher? As a boss? I know all the stuff out there on giving reasons for everything and respecting roles and setting the tone for respect, but isn’t there a time when authority is the ...
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    How to Handle a Noisy Class

    How to Handle a Noisy Class
    Do you worry about the noise level in your classroom? Even the best-behaved and high-achieving classes can occasionally be too noisy. And while classroom noise can mean productive learning is taking place among students, here are some tips to help you keep the noise to an acceptable level. • Never talk over noise or shout to be heard in your classroom. ...
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    A Guide to Class Management

    A Guide to Class Management
    Whether you're a new teacher stepping foot in the classroom for the first time or an experienced teacher, managing a classroom full of students can be challenging. Each set of students and each new day bring about situations that require careful attention and sometimes quick action. Experts agree that planning your management strategy before you get in the classroom is ...
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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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    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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    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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    Become a Successful Educator

    Become a Successful Educator
    Because our professional duties are geared to changing lives, we teachers tend to think about what we do with a greater intensity than other professionals. We scribble comments on lesson plans, stick bits of paper in our teacher’s editions to mark any changes we want to make before we teach that lesson again, and scrawl hasty reminders and notes to ...
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